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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dead tanuki's picture
Joined: Aug 27 2007
Take a step back

Ah, yes, the familiar pattern from the Archive Incident and from numerous flaps over at the old DNC. First a Happening, then complainers, and then people complaining about the complainers. Well, can I now complain about the people complaining about the complainers?

"David" 's special message last week included this at the end:

"Where we’re at today requires us to step back, gather some information, do some thinking and get back to you."

I think this is more than enough justification for many of us to expect some sort of further response on this matter--maybe this week would have been a little soon to hope for something, but you can't blame us for tuning in this Monday expecting to learn something new. And it's not exactly playing nice to call us whiners if we're disappointed when we don't. I agree, Steve-O: mean people suck.

Also, leaving aside the whole question of disappointment over the loss of the downloads, there's still the problem of the streams not working for so many people (and that includes me). Is that not a valid reason for posting?

Joined: Jun 5 2007
an easy way to end the negativity!

Step One: Stop saying that people who are upset with the downloads stopping are bad and that the people who are okay with it are good.

Step Two: Release some shows. On CD or even better, LP. I have money to give to you to buy these things, yet, you don't seem to want to offer any more. It's really sad and it kind of makes me wonder if the entire Dead organisation isn't just sitting in an ivory tower laughing at us while they count money and shift in and out of being reptiles.

Well, I'm going to follow the Dead's business model and open a store and then start a radio station devoted to the store that only .5% have access to and then not sell anything else.

But yeah, I'm a bad guy for not bowing to GDP on this issue. Cripes.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
You can't go back and you can't stand still

Izzie and all-
From where I sit, I think that this isn't just about the 'downloads', its about a series of losses that this community has experienced and some of us have got stuck in that space.
Jerry's death,'s demise, special friend's passing on, whatever is going on with the strange that remain (Phil & Bob-Mickey, Billy, bandwise, future music etc.), etc., etc. And the stark reminder that the official access to the Dead's body of music is limited and was just constricted further.
Hey, I must admit, I never downloaded from the Taper's Section. I am too old school, (couldn't quite figure it out, Flintsonian computer skills, also I procrastinated with having one of my sons show me, another lost opportunity...) so that puts me back into that spot to interact with others and trade (Hey Fred?) for some of those tasty tidbits from the past. I can see that people got used to that monday 'dance' and unfortunately we are definately creatures of habit, and this loss/change shocked and dismayed. As a community we have weathered changes, reached out and helped one another, and sometimes, just sometimes, we can make our future sweeter.
I am not sure about all this, it is just a little look into our collective psyche, my humble guess (oroboros psychology), it is another transition, and hopefully good things are on the horizon, I just have to work to do my part. And to recognize what I can do to make things better and then do it.
I can't tell anyone else what to do, there is no balm for the broken heart, scorn in and of itself is rarely productive and really only when both parties care about one another and are willing to then give "only love can fill'.
From where I sit, this relationship with Rhino is a brand new trip. I'm sure that they are not used to me (is my wife after 27 years?) and I am sure not used to things now. Because it entails change.

'Everytime that wheel goes round, bound to cover just a little more ground'

Take care. Tim

Joined: Jul 9 2007
hey, jackJONES

"If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will."

believe this might be copped from, "instant karma's gonna get you."

i really don't think you need to resort to calling names. whiners and crybabies? are you in second grade, or what? if you haven't noticed, a lot of people are pissed off. you don't need to add to the tension. go somewhere else with your name calling. we don't need it, nor do we respect it.

as for cosmicbadger:

where do i submit my credit card info? i'm told that there is a new compilation, "Englebert Humperdink covers the Dead," coming out shortly. perhaps you know of it?

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Joined: Jul 16 2007
"Do not go gentle into that goodnight. . .

. . . rage, rage against the dying of the light." Of course we keep voicing our disappointment, because that's how change happens. If people are angry it's because they don't understand the erratic nature of this organization. Now it's GDradio, and already people are curious about whether it's alright to record the Hollywood Bowl '74 show that will be the inagural broadcast. If we do, will we lose that avenue as well? I'm bummed that after purchasing "Steppin' Out" which is great but is, let's face it, a compilation, more and more of Wembly Stadium is coming out that I simply can't hear. Why was it wrong to download a couple of tunes to complete a compilation that I paid good money for?

Joined: Jun 5 2007

Sorry, Iz ! HAhahahahhehehe, didn't know you were sensitivo to stuff. But, if we don't have a right to SAY anything about this place, why not? SURE, it's all a waste of time. SURE, it's all a big bummer, but, I'm so dizzy, Ms. Izzie... What happened to Phil's idea: Terrapin? Is this all there is? See, the sky, it surely looks like rain...

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Enough Already

Get over it! Move on! Great streams!!!! Thanks for the Brent tease!! Keep the tunes comming, maybe someday the Whiners will go away. MEAN PEOPLE SUCK

Jack Straw's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
The whole thing just stinks....

First the SBD where removed from the Archives, now just stinks. I am sorry, i don't hate anybody, and i am not calling anybody names...but i am saying i feel disrespected after following the band for over 30 years and spending lots of my hard earned money to line their coiffures. But i am just saying clearing so the people who made the decision know...i for one will not spend another penny as long as i am treated this way. thats all...

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Week 3... NO explanation...!!!

RHINOgate.... 'nuff said.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
dont punch a gift horse in the mouth

Don't punch a gift horse in the mouth.....-----ancient chinese proverb


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