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 4 2007
I agree, lay off Lemieux

This was not his decision. He's also trying to keep his job. I'm sure he feels like he's stuck between a rock and a hard place with this whole Rhino thing. Enjoy what you have. I know I have more GD music to last a lifetime.
If you want to blame anyone, vent your thoughts on the brilliant marketing department at Rhino. I wonder if those guys got their MBA's from one of those emails that goes around saying, "earn your degree in less than a month"...

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Joined: Jun 30 2007
David; Don't let the sh%t get you down...

.... We all have an opinion. Regardless, it is your work that helps keeps the flame lit. Although I have posted my disappointment in this entire 'digital downloading' episode and the past Bobby issue we are all obviously passionate about our beloved GD and the community that draws us to it like a moth to a flame. Their will always be two sides of a coin. Though I have deep rooted thoughts on the download issue I also appriciate your 'job' in the matter. (I think that most of do..) Personaly I do enjoy listening to your program and reading your message. Keep it up! For those who can not stream; Don't fret! Download the app if you don't have it. For those who can not listen at work due to the polocy then all you can do is listen on your home PC's / Mac's. The reality is that anyone can still capture / record streaming media if they really wanted to. (Just Google "recording streaming media") Anyhoo... I, for one, enjoy your message and program. Now.. Can't we all just get-a-long?!?!?

Joe (Itie) Antinucci, Rhode Island

Joined: Jun 16 2007
Ignore The Whiners David. This Section is awesome

Hey David, Ignore the whiners. They are just a bunch of babies that quickly throw a temper tantrum just because they can't get something for nothing. There are plenty of us out here that appreciate the service and are grateful this music is available to listen to. I can believe how petty people can be.

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
this is the end

the spirit is gone


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Joined: Jul 17 2007
One man gathers what another man spills

The Great Gazoo will sing for you!

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Joined: Jul 17 2007
she had nothing on but the radio
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Joined: Jun 25 2007
Another request to pay

Hey now, can't stream the music at work, love to download it and keep some great Dead in the background all day, appreciate all the work, would gladly pay a per week, or annual membership fee, for the ability to download these nuggets. Have bought ALL the official releases, and would pay for these.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
thanks David!

wow! thanks again DL and DG for giving us such awesome music to listen to!
I hooked up roadrunner just so I could stream the taper's section and grateful dead radio hour,
it works great and sounds beautiful! I was digging the mp3 downloads but whatever...I also got a cord to run sound through home stereo, rockin' and loud! Heck practically every show I could ever want streams in soundboard on don't forget...Also haven't heard any talk of the concert vault (Bill Graham's vault and king biscuit etc.) ALL BANDS! CHECK IT OUT!!
P.S. always looking to buy a new release....

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Ungrateful Dead.

I though this was I've never heard such negative and nasty remarks directed at this band or this web site and it's administrators. It's seems as though many on this thread have a strong sence of entitlement. Does this band really owe you anything? I for one think the tapers section is a gift, and a pretty nice one. I'm sorry for those who have been having trouble steaming these tunes, but I'm sure that will be corrected soon enough, (anyway I think the real problem lies with the individual computers rather than with this site) just working out the bugs. I had no idea there were so many ungrateful Dead fans out there. Do the rest of us a favor, stop bashing Deadheads like Dave Gans and Dave Lemieux who go out of thier way each week to bring us great new dead music, free of charge! Don't ruin it for the rest of us.
Calling the host of the Grateful Dead Hour a tool? In what universe do you live in? Attacking the mods because they're too nice? Where am I? This is sad.

"The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

Thanks again DL.


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