Grateful Dead

September 3 - September 9, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

We have a tremendous variety of music for you this week, spanning almost 20 years of the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, and we hope you’ll find this week’s journey as enjoyable as we did while preparing it for you.

As we mentioned last week, we have a bit more music from the Family Dog in San Francisco, specifically the encore from 9/6/69, a nice Pigpen-led Midnight Hour, with plenty of good jamming in the background.

Our next chronological stop on this week’s trip is 9/9/72 at the Palladium in Hollywood (venue of the performance of one of the best-ever versions of Hard To Handle, in 1971). From this show in 1972, we have the second set jam of He’s Gone>Truckin’>The Other One, which features a reel flip that is just a fact of life in these 7” reel-to-reel tapes, which run at 7.5 ips, meaning the tape is changed every 47 or so minutes. It’s always fortunate when the cuts are located in acceptable places, like this, rather than the brutal cuts that often destroy the listening experience. This one really isn’t too bad.

At this point we jump forward a year to 9/7/73 at Nassau Coliseum, with a song that mightn’t be what people think of first when they think of 1973: Looks Like Rain. This is a really great rendition, and just sounds so darn good, we thought you’d enjoy it. And, for a dose of quintessential 1973 music, we have the first set closing song from the same show: Playing In The Band. I really can’t get enough of these 1973 Playing In The Bands, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Going forward to 1985, to 9/3/85 in Kansas City, we have the pre-Drums sequence featuring That’s It For The Other One>Eyes of the World>I Don’t Need Love. The “Cryptical” part of the sequence in 1985 never quite matched the energy or perfection of the 1969 versions, but the “Other One” portion of the song is very good, as is the Eyes and the rare Don’t Need Love. This is drawn from the Beta PCM digital masters.

Lastly this week, we have a couple of songs from London on 4/7/72, specifically Pigpen’s Chinatown Shuffle and a powerhouse Me and My Uncle.

As sometimes happens, we have no idea what we’ll have for you next week, but looking at what we have to select from, it’s bound be to be a nice selection of some excellent music. Let us know what you think by writing with questions, comments, suggestions or requests.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 20 2007
anyone reading this and went

anyone reading this and went to any shows with me please write.i miss you guys

lestatkatt's picture
Joined: Sep 10 2007
Why don't you guys just plug

Why don't you guys just plug a tapedeck/dat/mini-disc recorder to your audio output of your computers soundcard, and just record the audio you want to keep. It's relatively easy enough to do.

It's not as easy to save as DL'ing an MP3, but at least you can still record them for future listening. It's just like recording a FM Broadcast from the radio..........

I'm sure you all can figure it out!

enlightend rogue's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
another week a new day

We are just minutes away from new material to stream!! If your not happy w/ these arrangements go elsewhere for your live dead!! I agree the removal of the mp3's sux but i'm a fan and alway's will be!! Its sad to me that we who have so much can find so much to bitch about!! I remeber tapes i recorded in the 70's that i completely wore out from playing!! This digital age is truly a Phenomonon!!


sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
anticipation (simon, carly)

tj crowley

can't wait to see what i can't hear.......

richard's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007

No, I don't think you do get it.
Keep trying though. Maybe someday you'll understand what us "babies" are upset about.
I'll give you a hint - it has nothing to do with building a more complicated mouse-trap to take an inferior sound source and degrade it further.

Like someone once said - "Don't piss on my leg and then try to tell me it's raining"

Ah.......another wast of good cyber-space.


DeadheadDan's picture
Joined: Sep 6 2007
Kissin Yer Sister

Sorry, but the streaming stuff just doesn' cut it. It makes the "official Grateful Dead" site 2nd-rate...unless you're just in it for pretty artwork. I thought we'd get better treatment after almost a year of "under construction".

I know, I know--I'm ungrateful and there's plenty of other avenues for crisp, tasty live Dead music whether it be via Internet d-loads or friendly circuits; however, the way the Tapers Section plug was so suddenly pulled on this particular site is a big turnoff. The only reason I've remained logged on is to make this personal feeling known. Can't imagine coming back much in the future.

Thanks anyway but streaming blows! Tapers Section was great when MP3's were allowed. Incidentally, I would pay monthly fee as others have suggested...


Travis's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
ok i get it

I've been reading this crap for several day and i get it!!! you can't save it to your hard drive.

well get a dubbing cord and a program like nero and record back to hard drive and then you have for ever! why cry about it when you can fix it! loop the cord from the out then back to the in!

I just don't get why every one has to be so pissed, give me a break you baby!!!!!!

Joined: Jun 18 2007
taper's section

I see the recent development with regret. None of us can claim an entitlement to free downloads. As marketing, however, it seemed a logical continuation of the long, successful tradition of making more music available to generate interest. I have long purchased official releases and traded non-copyrighted shows. I listened to a great deal of music from this site. I didn't download it - I tried but was unsuccessful due to my own technical limitations. Downloading didn't seem inappropriate. It seemed to be the intent. I listened to the music on my office computer, including stuff from years in which I had previously had little interest. In this way, the marketing worked. If I could have downloaded the music, I would have played more of this music more of the time, and I expect that my interest would have grown, and I would have pursued and purchased GD music from outside my previously narrower parameters.
I don't know if others are able to play any of the posted music now. I can't. The vitriol in some prior comments is unwarranted, but I would urge you to restore the format as it was. It was a great way to continue some form of community enjoyment of the music we love, and, for the business side, to maintain and/or generate interest among your existing market. I remain grateful for the abundance of free music that has been made available, and I urge you to continue an overwhelmingly successful tradition. Peace.
Steve Conners

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Midnight Hour

Boy, I'd sure pay a buck to download this version of Pigpen attacking Midnight Hour!

Joined: Jun 9 2007
shit smells like schwag!

Of course we are going to download the given tunes, why wouldn't we. (David and all involved folk)...remember, timeless moments happen when things are just groovin. don't control the time, expecting us to listen to our favorites while we are in front of the machine? what about car rides, the beach, picnics, shit man think about it. if your gonna provide this music, take the leash off it! Vive' garCia!


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