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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enlightend rogue's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

Isn't time to stop harassing the very people who have very handily kept this scene alive for many years? The personal attacks on DL and DG make me feel bad about being a member here!! There might be villians in this story but not DL or DG !Rogue

Joined: Jun 17 2007
Hey DG...

Will the future of the regular GD Hour on FM stations be next to go by the wayside? That is the only time I listen to the radio and have been every sunday night since 1993. I don't subscribe to satelite radio, can't afford it...

Joined: May 26 2007
Some deal?

Rhino and Sirius made a deal, of course. Do you have a point?

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Hal R's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
You can run but you can't hide from Rhino

So you don't think that there is some deal with Rhino and Sirius? Rhino has the vault and the two David's are involved. Maybe I am just naive in thinking there is some connection. I guess for some an invisible Rhino in the radio is more pleasant to live with than a mute Rhino on your computer.

Rhinogate thickens....

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself

Joined: Aug 20 2007
Yee haw!


Hello Channel 32 & audacity!

It was fun while it lasted but filters and blocks only push people away. Later Rhino..

Joined: Sep 7 2007
whats all the fuss

Whats with all the negativity, we are all getting some free music, so you can't download it, big deal. Everyone has gotten more than their fare share of free/good times from the Dead. Stop hating on the guy who is posting stuff to listen to. Whatever the policy may be I am cool with whatever they do.

Stop all this negativity, its not the fashion of the Dead.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
I've enjoyed the community

I've enjoyed the community this past several weeks with all that's transpired here (ok, transpiring here).
I have a very specific comment about this weeks music.
I'll agree that the 1985 versions were a bit hit and miss, but come on. Classic Garcia resurrected after almost 13 years; and then only six finally played in 1985.
Saw both the Greek and Ventura live.
Bring it on Dave!!!

FMLHRN's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007

Although it is rather conterintuitive that the Dead would offer free downloads for months but not expect that people would take advantage of that offer,we must remember that we are not entitled to anything. We then should not complain that the downloads were removed. The Dead charged an addmittance fee to the concerts,and sold their recordings. They were always a for-profit corporation and continue to be.

The lack of downloading ability is inconvenient,but recording a stream is very possible. Personally,I do it by taking the output from my computor that goes to the speakers and patch it to a Teac RW 800 digital recorder. I can record any audio that streams (including Archive soundboards). There are other means as well,check out Streamripper.

Enough of the complaining. We have no inherent right to free downloads,but it was nice while it lasted. Don't let them get you down,just record the stream.

Steve-O's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Over the Shock?

I don't think so!!!!!!!!!!! Wait till Mon., there will be all these same whining crying posts as there has been for Ahhh I for get how long, I'll have to go back and look at the thousands of anti dead posts and anti David Lemieux post over the weeks and count them or do I even want to. Give up and stream it's really not that hard and the music is quite good. Get a grip!!!! your life as you know it has not ended, just evolved into something a little bit stranger. MEAN PEOPLE SUCK

Joined: Jun 10 2007
right to complain

i believe most of us are somewhat over the shock of losing the downloads with no warning or an honest explanation. also i do believe we have the right to complain because we did not start the problem. there are reasonable and unreasonable ways to complain. most of us went through this same fiasco with live archive. when the same thing happened. its not always that it happened its also how it happened. very sudden with no warning. thats rude. other band do offer free downloads like king crimson. the dead never offered free downloads on there web site until the tapers section was created. so there are successful bands that share free music with their fans and it promotes their product. free music does not cut into a big profit for the band. like i said free music is promotional we still buy the commercial products.


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