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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red8sox (not verified)
Who Should Say What is Enough?

Just like with D. Gans, who are you to say what is enough? who are holier-than-thou are ridiculous individuals....

Joined: Aug 21 2007
sooooo tired

I agree with David Gans. 8 GB wasn't enough? Yeah, I'm disappointed too. Yeah, the reason for pulling the DL was shoddy. Yes, I want more releases. But honestly, all the complaining is getting old and tired. And the nastiness is rabid and grotesque. Feh! The convenience of downloading and listening when and where I like was great. Oh well! Guess I'll just have to listen to the dozens of vault releases and hundreds of audience recordings I already have instead.

Joined: Jun 10 2007
sad situation here

i was very upset like many others when the downloading stopped. i believe that the entity that owns the vault stopped the downloads. yes davids explanation was lame. maybe he had to do that for legal reasons. i apologized to david for initial critical comments towards him. i dont know the truth but what i do know is that i no longer get excited about mondays or wednesdays. i no longer go to the tapers section. only occasionally to see whats up. what was a great moment for us, that apparently was too good to be true, has turned into a sad moment for many of us. not all im sure, but probably more people felt hurt by this sudden action than not hurt. i thank those who worked hard to get the stuff on the air. but now the air is out of the balloon. so sad. peace.

red8sox (not verified)
1500 plus hours of soundboard....

I have 1500+ hours of soundboard, including large stretches of 1973, 1974, 1977 and 1985 and 1988. Those are my five favorite years. If anyone knows of a fast, reasonably inexpensive way for me to tranfer these hundreds of tapes to CD, I will share with anyone and everyone. That was the whole reason the Dead let all of us tape for all those share and discuss shows. That is the whole thing lost on the lame bastards running this site now...they want to control and measure out music that was never meant to be. Open up the vault and stop being so lame about it all....I also agree with some of the comments above....screw Rhino and the others like them. They just don't get it. Few do.....

Joined: Aug 31 2007

No response on how pathetic their decision is to instantly cut the lifeline to point us towards full shows that we would graciously buy.

I will NOT buy anything from RHINO.

Plan to Boycott....there's enough great dead stuff at archive and etree.

Now if Rhino says we're going to make everything digital -- tell archive to pull it all cause we can make money. I will give a big F!@K You to Rhino and the GD Organization. This is bad but PLEASE don't steep that low!!!!!!!!

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
The Great Lemieuxski're not reading between the lines.


Joined: Jun 7 2007
I'd like to thank the GD

I personally think the GD has put out more music than any other band. But it is important that they did and hopefully will continue to. Even Phish would have to come in second to the number of live shows put out by any one band.

I guess it would be important to follow that up by saying that some bands sound a whole lot better live than in the studio, and the GD is one of them. I personally couldn't care less about purchasing any old studio stuff; it is mostly fair to poor. In fact it is crappy, and over-rated. Without the live shows, the Dead would be just another old band falling by the way-side to the annals of history. So with that in mind, let's keep the hope alive that good new releases will be coming out in the future.

The problem in the past is that although Dick had his short list, many releases were done when so many better shows could've been put out. And that is the problem. We want some of the great shows put out, like 6/9/77, and the like. That is why people keep itching for more shows, because some of the ones put out are merely okay. Not that I'm saying there are no great shows released, but they are few and far between.

Greg SC

Joined: Jun 7 2007
recording streaming music

There are programs out there that will allow you to record streaming music.
Do a Google search!
So why not just offer the music in a format that makes it easy for your fans
to download it? I like to download the music, but also always buy whatever is
being offered by the band. I think you'll find most fans do the same.

Joined: Jun 12 2007
what's goin on

the dead followers are not getting younger..and it seems that those in control are pushing us furthur and futhur away..they are sitting on shows were never before available or have not been available in what will be 2 years november,from archive..we will pay for them..but please make them available..i don't understand

Joined: Jun 4 2007
UnGrateful Deadheads

Maintaining the vault, creating publicity, paying the staff, website upkeep, all these things cost money. So when everyone whins that all the music should be free to download, burn to media, share with friends it's simply unrealistic. The band isn't generating the income the way it used to, people are losing their jobs in attempts to make this all cost effective. It's time we all give back! When an official release comes around, buy it.
I don't mean to be so harsh and if anyone knew the hard choices being made so we can continue to enjoy the music perhaps you'd agree with me, perhaps not.
Like it or not, this is a game of dollars and cents.
Nothing is free, even Free is not free anymore.


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