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 5 2007
get over it or get lost

"you can't go back and you can't stand still"

here we go all over again...all the whiners still keep banging their heads into nothing. Either get over the stream change, or get lost. We don't need to hear about it every week for the rest of our lives. GET OVER IT OR GET LOST! How a bunch of grown ups can act like such babies is above me.

dave, you are doing a fine job. Thanks again for doing what you do! Some choice selections this week. Look foward to next week, although i'm not looking foward to hearing more babies whining and crying.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

tj crowley

did kinda expect some sort of a response (other than the pre-arranged response 'we' were supplied) from those behind the wheel. love 'LLR' 'other one' 'palying' but will not get to hear due to lack of setting to do so. not accessable from at work (which is where i am presently) and no access at home due to memebrs that live in the house with me - daughter 32 (and her daughter 7) son 21, son 10, wife ? who all believe that they have rughts to the computor. dis-appointed that this eems to have from a family like setting with a bond that has been built over the years to a simply business like venture w/o any inter-persoanl skills. oh well

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
new releases imminent


I bring you the sad news that I have been fired from RICHER DONORS for trying to sneak into the vault with my new hard drive, but at some considerable personal risk I can reveal what I know of the current plans

Work is progressing on a new project called ‘Rockin’ Rappin’ Bobby’, a collection of Mr Weir’s cowboy songs and rockers as interpreted by some of today’s hottest rap stars (dead or alive). For the first 44 buyers there will be a special bonus disc titled ‘Rose’s Back Door’, comprising 18 remixes of ‘El Paso’ by some highly regarded dance DJs from Central Europe.

Also in the pipeline “Empty Cup”, a collection of Jerry Set 2 ballads, given a contemporary feel with some tasteful overdubs by Kenny G and string arrangements by Terrapin Station maestro Paul Buckmeister. The bonus disk for pre –orders will be ‘Hang Loose’, a searchable DVD audio database of every stage announcement ever made by the band

All these new titles will be available for $23.99. Shipping will be $4.99 in the US and, by special arrangement with our shippers, a very reasonable $79.99 in the rest of the world (wherever that is). The new CDs will also be promoted in a round the clock infomercial presented by recently unemployed celebrities Tony Bliar and John Notlob, featuring a live satellite link with DeadHead favourite Lily Allen, face down in a bar in London Town.

That's all for now. You will be relieved to hear that I will be away from this site for a while now because some work has come in at last and I need to earn some money for these new releases take care everyone

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Joined: May 26 2007
how can izzie be so nice?

Folks, I just came that way. I'm just nice, often to a fault. My apologies if somehow my not pissing and moaning is harshing on your choice to feel the way you do.

It seems to me that a decision was made that had very little to do with how anyone at the customer base feels. It doesn't look like it was a personal attack against the Deadhead community from some evil overlords at Rhino, and I honestly don't understand why so many people seem to be taking it personally. Maybe, just maybe, it's a decision that had to be bigger than the customer base here? Maybe, just maybe, it ain't all about us?

And really, about all the bitching, name-calling, hateful rhetoric and other generally unpleasant horseshit sprung from the beating of that poor dead horse, if it was going to make a difference, don't you think the difference would have been made by now? If you haven't added your rant yet, do you really think your voice is going to be the magic one to turn the tide here? Why add to the hate?

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Great Music

Nice selections this week.....indeed


((((David Lemieux))))

I Love the Music.....

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Ignore the naysayers, we know you are doing all you can.

Thank you very much again and again. David is doing a great job and I know he's doing all he can to bring great music to us. Please forgive my fellow deadheads for their misunderstandings. I know making an official statement may actually hurt us more than help, Im sure David and crew are doing all they can to make us happy.

Joined: Aug 20 2007
3 weeks since the format change and...


Not on any of my home PC's, not on my work laptop. Nothing, no where no how. This new format is a waste of time for everyone involved. It stinks. It is limiting. It is punitive to the loyal fans. It is irritating to all who visit here. It is just plain wrong no matter how you look at it.

Either drop this from the site or change it but something needs to happen. This is pissing me off that there are golden nuggets out there and I can't get to them. Better they were not there in the first place.

Please David - a little love.. please!

Joined: Jun 5 2007
matter matter

The gist of the matter really does boil down to "What's the matter with the baby?" Let's ask ourselves: "Does this matter?" Well, the obvious answer is, "Of course". So, back to basics... Let's post THIS set for everybody: "Music>Matter>Musing>Mutation>Money>Marketing>Masterbation" Dig, this is about it, David. How can Izzie be so nice, while we all get jacked arouded?

Joined: Jul 17 2007

Sorry, but this new Taper's Section format is absolutely useless now........I'll check here once a week just out of morbid curiosity, nothing more. START RELEASING SHOWS!!!

Joined: Jul 22 2007
...and David please continue the Taper's Section

Just because some folks can't be bothered to stream them doesn't mean the rest of us should miss out . It's been two weeks since the MP3's went away. Hopefully we won't have another 15 pages of bitching... Time to make peace with the decision it and move on.


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