Grateful Dead

September 24 - September 30, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This is another busy week in the Grateful Dead’s performing history, with music spanning another relatively short span, but containing some exceptional jams.

From the second Waterbury, CT show, on 9/24/72, we have the heart of the second set, which features Dark Star>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. Unfortunately, the Rider gets chopped at the very end due to a cut in the master reel. But fortunately, the Dark Star contains just about everything you want from a 1972 Dark Star: introspection, deep space, melodic turns and chaos.

Four years later, on their second big tour after the hiatus, in September-October, 1976, we have a great second set sequence from 9/24/76 at William and Mary College, featuring Drums>Slipknot!>Franklin’s Tower>The Music Never Stopped>Stella Blue>Around and Around, U.S. Blues. There’s a tape reel cut in Stella Blue, but to balance that flaw out is this absolutely incredible double speed Slipknot! that leaves the listener breathless.

In 1981, the band did a short three night tour before embarking on the fall tour of Europe. We have a little taste of each of these three American shows, with a couple of tracks from the first show on 9/25/81 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA: from the first set, a rocking Passenger, and the second set opening combination of Might As Well>Samson and Delilah. From the next night, on 9/26/81, at The Aud in Buffalo (or, more properly, the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing), we are pleased to play the post-Drums sequence of Jam>Not Fade Away>Morning Dew>Playing In The Band>One More Saturday Night. And finally, from the third show on the mini-tour, on 9/27/81 at the Capital Center in Landover, MD, we have the show opening trio of Jack Straw, Alabama Getaway>Promised Land.

That’s about it for this week, but check back next week when we’ll venture into October with more great music. Feel free to write with questions, comments or requests. Your input is always appreciated.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 14 2007
Oh, ...let me guess -- you got into the band after 1986

What a chump!

"there are still a bunch of whining, self-centered wimps still alive that we all love to hate"

Who is "we" Pilgrim Shadow??
Is it all of the lucky people born early enough to get into the Dead before 1986?
How many of you are there? you have a club of Deadheads hating other Deadheads?
How many shows do you have to have seen, prior to '86 of course, to be in your little club of properly qualified Snobheads?
And who else do you love to hate?

You may have been at the station on time, but you missed the bus Pilgrim.

~The Doctor

Joined: Jul 9 2007
hey, steve-o

totally agree w/ your bus assessment. and, by the way, the ubiquitousness of the ubiquity of those ubiquitous ubiquities is really making me ubiquitousless! :) saw your other post. laughed a lot. can't believe mayre actually responded!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Thanks Hal

I needed that!! Who cares when you got on the bus, as long as you're enjoying the ride!!!

Joined: Jun 18 2007
Ah, yes...

The "Deader than thou" Deadhead. That's a species I dared hope would be extinct after lo these many years. Alas, I see it is alive and well.

Rhino sucks.

Carry on.

Joined: Aug 16 2007
Palace Theatre

The Dark Stars do not get better than this one. Maybe as good- not better though IMO.

BTW the WWII documentary currently airing on PBS focuses on four cities in the US during that time. Waterbury is one of them and great shots of the outside of the Palace Theatre from that era have been featured. It was the main movie house and is where townspeople gathered to see newsreels of what was going on overseas, etc.

Boy if those walls could talk.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Jack Straw

I've got Rat Dog tickets for 10/27/07 and I hope to hear a Jack Straw as good as this one.

Joined: Sep 3 2007
Left 4 Dead

the Sept '72 Dark Star shines brightly...vintage... beautiful rich deep space

much thanks

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Great Morning Dew

One of my all time favs along with Stella Blue of course. In 81, at the ripe old age of 17, I was seeing them as often as possible. It doesn't matter to me what year you got into the Dead, cause if your still diggin them now you must have got it. I recall an older post where someone refered to the mid-80's newbies as "Touch Heads". That was pretty funny but I can't see putting anyone down because they came aboard later than others. In the famous words of Rodney King, "can't we all just get along" (at least I think those were his words??!!, duh)

Yeah, streaming is still a pain in the ass and limits your listening environment, but i'm still diggin what I can get for now.

Joined: Sep 26 2007
all deadheads unite

We all have one thing in common. We all love the music of the Dead. It dosn't matter if you discovered them in 1970 (as I did) or in 2007. Their music is something special, as are most of their fans. Just try to enjoy what we have here, because it too is very special. It is also free. To me the Dead have always represented freedom, and the love of your fellow man. Let's just keep the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive, and eliminate the negative vibes. Dave, keep up the great work!! It is appreciated by the majority.

Peace :)

Joined: Jul 9 2007
yes, post '85 deadheads unite.

actually, i didn't become a serious deadhead, or perhaps dead music collector, until after jerry's death. the concert scene really turned me off - the kids who were more into drugs than the music, especially. i'll never forget 2 teens in front of me worrying about their pot while i was trying to enjoy a most beautiful version of 'knocking on heaven's door' in '91. my true appreciation came quite late.

so don't smack us down. i would imagine that most of the folks who found the dead post jerry's coma were going through a phase, moved on, and only the (strange) deadicated remain.

i would also imagine that it is mainly the younger fans who are continuing to support the band by coming to this website, trying to enjoy the music (without unnecessary insult,) and buying product. and from what i see, any posts attacking lemieux are few and far between.

and if the poster of the previous post slagging dead latecomers is representative of an earlier generation (and I don't think he is), i wouldn't want to associate with them. i don't need the criticism, negativity, or all-around poopiness they emit.

btw, 'stella' is great. but do we need 'playing in the band' for the millionth time? i don't mind the song, but it seems that there must be a ton of other tunes to choose from.

and, for the third time, what's with the strange gap at the beginning of 'dark star'?


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