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
vault [at] dead.net

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Since you asked...

....for suggestions for next week I nominate the "Eyes of The World" from 9/11/74. Love that streched out intro. Maybe some some of the preceding "Seastones" too.

When I first took up tape trading in 1995, set 2 of 9/3/85 was the very first show I traded for. Very interesting set. Jerry sounds like he's dying at the end of Cryptical when he wails "you know he had to diieeeeeeeee....."

Love that "Midnight Hour" from 1967. Thanks!

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fun read

Always good to read the history; I'll try to dig out some old tapes to listen to while reading.

Greg SC

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No Respect for the Dead Head Community

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.

This has to be the biggest crock of bullshit I'v ever heard, enjoyable.... you must really love yourself( David Lemieux).

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how can any deadhead give up on the dead

it being a holiday and all..........................................i miss the jerry probably as much as any of you out there.....................we are still here on this web site expressing how we all feel.........................listening ...........listening...........it may be cliche..................but..................there is still nothing in the universe quite like a dead concert.....................may you all have a grateful non-working day..............love to you all.........................craig maceachern

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tasty little Brent nugget in there!

thanks David! I was hoping this being a holiday and all wouldn't keep the new tunes away.

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35 years at Folsom

Gr8ful Today I commemorate a wonderful memory of a great 3 set masterpiece by the Dead in Boulder. God bless everyone who was there > I'll visit 9/21-22 for the CU-Miami game and hope for another rain shower and a free bag of pot during some special moment.
The Other One is beyond compare, except for a the Harding from 1971, maybe. Nothing like the Phil bomb leading-in. Thanks David for the 9/3/72 filler on a recent Dick's Picks (Philly 9/21/72). Keep working on finding good sound from the Saenger 10/18-19/80, por favor.

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point is....

that he misses as much as he hits, ala spring '76. I care. An important show from '77? It's the most edited DP and yes I own it and was at it! It isn't redundant, it fits with the mold: This tour was continuing and they played...

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Bill Graham and Jerry would be saddened.....

The beginning of the end was Bill Graham dying, then Jerry passing, and it has been slowly dying for years. Lesh and Weir cannot even play together and we are dealing with people like the guy running this taper's section. What a sad ending to a legendary saga....

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Week...er...Weak 3 of Rhinogate

It would be a little redundant to mention Englishtown when it was already released as Dicks Picks...who doesn't own it? Who cares? Most of us folks couldn't hear the stream anyway! Might as well discontinue this section, it serves no purpose other than rub our faces into it.

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I don't care anymore...

i am done with this...might well drop the "Tapers Section"

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