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 11 2007
Hard to Handle referenced above

David refers to the Hard to Handle from the Palladium. This is one of my all time favorites. The link above is to the Rob Bertrando audience recording of this show. It is superb, best audience I have ever heard. The Hard to Handle is a mind blower. BTW, the sbd of this song is on the fantastic Fallout From the Phil Zone. If you don't have that one, I highly recommend it.

Joined: Jun 11 2007
Back off of David, please

Phil mentions in his book that the GD fans are passionate about their feelings and can, therefore, be very harsh in their criticism. What is happening here is the perfect example. So, my suggestion to everyone involved is, don't take it personal. I agree with Charlie Miller that David is a good guy. Before the new website was initiated, I sent David numerous emails with comments and questions. He always answered them personally and in a timely fashion. I am truly grateful to him for all the great music he provides, even though I am also disappointed it cannot be downloaded anymore. As I stated last week, the GD's generosity has always encouraged me to buy more, not less.

I would suggest that as David and company take a step back, evaluate the situation, and get back to us, the most important thing is communication. It seems to me that Rhino are doing a good job getting out music, and the quality, which is their real forte, is superb. The 76 NYE show and Vault 3 both came out over the last year. If this is not quick enough for some fans, maybe Rhino could explain why it is not possible to expedite the process. Also, do the downloadable shows not sell well enough due to the lack of exposure? If not, why not do more? Phil also mentions in his book that allowing tapers was the best thing the dead ever did. So why has the philosphy changed? I think providing answers to these and other questions posted on this site would help tremendously.

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Joined: Jun 18 2007
Just stream through audacity

If there is something we really want we just stream through audacity.
"Certain fan"

Joined: Sep 4 2007
I have a request

I am glad that you guys pulled the MP3's. It was getting a bit ridiculous. I, like so many others (because of the format), thought that these were gimmes. All the complainers need to go back and look at the file that they have been dumping these things in. There are 384 items that take up 8.38 GB and would take 4.2 days to listen to. Most of us mere mortals cannot listen to them more than once anyway, so why keep them around taking up valuable disk space. I frankly prefer the remastered official releases from the vault for repeat listens and look forward to collecting all 60 or so of them that have been released to date.

I hope you folks at will keep up the good work of documenting this remarkable history. I cannot think of another band that has a one-stop historical documentation like the one presented here. I have enjoyed it. Thanks.

My request: Can you arrange it so that we can listen to the entire week's selection on the taper's section with one click? It would make things more convenient.

Joined: Jul 9 2007
Put us out of our misery or bring back the DOWNLOADS!

The fact that you can't stream let alone download makes this site disappointing. Bring back the downloads or just start making full shows downloadable. Enough of this nonsense.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Me & My Uncle

It's always been there (between Chinatown & China Cat). I recorded the show and it's on my AUD master. I wrote to Deadlists years ago but they never changed it.

Joined: Jul 13 2007
I wish I could 'Listen to the music play'...

I have an Internet appliance, a Pepper Pad, and MP3s sound great. I can even plug the line out into my home stereo, but the new format stuff doesn't work. Why not stream the MP3s like on the Archive?


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Joined: Jul 4 2007
Not working.......again

Streaming is not working again..........I even had the IS guy come and look at my PC........."Your PC is fine, its on there side"
So I guess untill I hear on the radio, or get a email saying new GD cd released..........I'm out of here...
Peace People


Joined: Aug 29 2007
4/07/72 Me and My Uncle ???

David - do you have any more information on 4/07/72 MAMU. Deadbase doesn't showed it was played at this show. Is there some history here that I'm not aware of?

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
it would be tolerable...

This whole thing would be tolerable if the streams actually worked.


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