Grateful Dead

September 28 - October 4, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section as we close out September and head into October. This week we're going to listen mostly to music, and goooood music, from 1976, with a touch of 1989 mixed at.

The fall tour of 1976 featured some exceptional concerts, and some intriguing and inspired set lists and song combinations. After an entire tour now under their belts after their nearly two-year hiatus, the Grateful Dead settled into a touring schedule that would be the norm for the next 19 years, with each year generally featuring three tours, plus several short batches of shows in a region or a bunch of California shows. Our first stop in 1976 this week is in Syracuse, NY, with music that is part of the stellar Dick's Picks Vol. 20, the second 4-CD Dick's Pick, after the outstanding Vol. 14. From the second set of 9/28/76, we have Jam>Comes A Time>Drums>Eyes of the World>Orange Tango Jam>Dancing In The Street>Playing in the Band, Johnny B. Goode. the orange tango jam is unlike anything i've ever heard the grateful dead do.

From the very next show, on 9/30/76 in Columbus, OH, we have another big 1976 second set jam, featuring St. Stephen>Not Fade Away>Drums>Wharf Rat>Not Fade Away>St. Stephen>Around and Around. The coolest thing about these fall tour of 1976 second sets is that each one is completely different and unique. They did things at these shows that they'd never do again, nor before.

To prove that point, here's another massive 1976 second set jam, from 10/2/76 in Cincinnati, with the incredible segment of Dancing In The Street>Drums>The Other One>Stella Blue>The Other One>Sugar Magnolia. Every show featured something interesting. The first sets on this tour were very good, but the second sets were stunning for the most part.

Our last selection, from 20 years ago this week, is the return of Death Don't Have No Mercy, from 9/29/89 at Shoreline. As a famous Dead Head once said, this was the last time he truly saw Jerry blow his mind with a guitar solo. It is exquisite, and very deserving of its inclusion on the exceptional 5-CD boxed set So Many Roads.

Be sure to make your way back to this site next week for more great music from the Grateful Dead's recorded history. As always, we welcome and encourage you to write to the email address below my name with any questions or comments

David Lemieux


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shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey Man,
Fantastic music this week! And plenty of it too.Fun set lists and fine playing.A double helping of Drums...Yessah!
(always welcome in this house)
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Fall 1976

Ah, at last, some grate memories of the band coming back from nearly a 2 year nationwide tour lay-off. After the October run in 1974 at Winterland, Bob and Jerry each spent time doing alternate efforts, such as with Kingfish , JGB combos including Legion of Mary, and sitting in w the New Riders. The United Artist album "Blues for Allah" was released in 1975, introducing Help>Slip>Frank, Crazy Fingers and Music Never Stopped, all of which appeared during this September-October 1976 tour. I was so excited about their return that I hitchhiked (29 rides) from Estes Park, Co to Indianapolis to meet friends for the 10/1 show. Check-out the late Jerry Moore's audience recording on for a taste of how good this show was!
Thanks for providing these tunes, David, it sure is good stuff.

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
thirty-three years ago today

man that orange tango jam is so exquisite! I won't give you any flack this time, DL, for including previously-released material on the TS - not when it's this good!

I love the hyper-drive Eyes too!

mine cuts out as well during Dancin' when they're really cookin' :^('s picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007

The first selection cuts in the middle (?) of Dancin'.


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