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
What is the meaning of 'Grateful'?

Been reading these threads for 3 weeks now, and just had to chime in. Yes, the mp3's were cool and easy to deal with. And of course everyone knows that "Taper's Section" means we are going to copy and share. But you can't always get something for nothing. The Dead have always been MORE than generous with their music and to their fans. Sometimes you gotta make a living. Sometimes you have to make a business deal to get things done in a competent way. Sometimes you gotta play by the rules.

It was nice while it lasted, but all is not lost. If you can't listen to the streams then learn how to use your computer. It is not that hard to do. Ask for help. If you want to record the streams then download some free recording software and do it. "Taper's Section" also means technically literate and resourceful.

C'mon we're deadheads, we can survive, we don't eat our own, and we shouldn't be pissing and whining and moaning and bumming everyone out when there is a wonderful source of tunes available.

Kudos to DL, (Keep up the good work!), for selecting and providing a steady stream of what has brought us all together!!!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
And now video games?

I just read on the CNN site that the GOGD, thanks to our "friends" at Rhino, are going to make their music available for a new EA video game, Rock Band. If this is the BIG announcement we are supposed to be waiting for, the wait is over. I could not care less about letting kids play games that utilize the studio renditions of, "classic Dead tracks "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band," "Touch of Grey," "Sugar Magnolia," and "Casey Jones."" This is just further proof that Rhino is not in tune with the fan base of the GD. I have never known a fellow GD fan who was rabidly requesting that Rhino use the catalog to sell video games.
Please, listen to what has been said, give up on the goofy reissues and gimic-types of promotions (Sirius, video games, etc.) and get back to the stuff we fans want....releasing the unknown treasures contained in the vault!!!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

tj crowley

when one focuses one what one dosen't have, one loses gratitude of what one does have. since the onset on this allowance (?) to download, i've set up the cd's to create diferent atmosphere's..going back (some of us never left) and listenning to already burned (sorry dave L) disc's, it takes away whatever pain mite be generated by the loss (what can one lose when one never had) of probable tunes. listen to the space>comes a time>sugar mags.5 18 77..great seque from space w/ Phil pounding out the change...unbeleivable comes a time w/ jer hitting really sweet notes..THEN check the 'playinm' from 5 17 74...nice Phil..bobby kick's ass (and his guitar is noticable - he's probable the finest rhythem guitarist applying a piano approach to the guitar)..if you close your eyes (careful if your operating heavy machinery!) you can visualize bobby croutched over the neck of the guitar driving the bus to never ever land...

Joined: Jun 4 2007
This is getting boring...

Especially when Gans comes in with a brilliant comment like this:

"Eight gigabytes wasn't enough?"

Hey, David (G), what about you? I haven't noticed your saying what you think of the GDH no longer being in MP3 format. You've never been overly upset about people trading your shows. What's your take on all this?

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Midnight Hour Rocks!

I can't get enough of pigpen...

And I'm starting to get used to the new listening method (although it's still a bummer).
As others said, there should at least be an option to stream all the files together, so that we don't have to come back to the page each time a song ends. It'll make things a lot easier for us listening while doing other things.


Joined: Jun 4 2007

There's hundreds of shows recorded in a multi-track format and thousands more recorded on 2-track. There's likely a few hundred on video as well. There is no reason for the lack of new releases to come out every few months, regardless of what happens with the tapers section.

Joined: May 26 2007
free tracks for your ipod

Eight gigabytes wasn't enough?

GD Hour blog
Station list

Joined: Jun 4 2007
down on the download

It seems that if bands want their fans' continued patronage they best think about giving something back. I have given plenty to the Grateful Dead cause - it doesn't seem too much to ask to have a few free tracks for my iPod. Talk to Wilco.

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Joined: Jun 10 2007
cheerist!!! it is THEIR stuff.. they SHARE it..

Thanks David for all of the nice downloads and look forward to hearing your radio show.. ya must be psyched.. we love david gans' shows and now yours too.. WOW.. as for takin all of the crap last week.. well, honestly, i'd have loved to keep grabbing the mp3s for my collection but things are things.. and that is that..
me and rebx are stoked to see the pig midnight hour.. wow!!!... too cool .. glad you dug it out..
thanks.. and ignore the bullsh$t.. everyone complains.. and thanks for the great Brent stuff.
and will we see you in times square? can't believe 10 or 11 days there with phil around ny eve.. awesome

Joined: Jun 18 2007
I'll repeat what others have said...

lay off of Lemieux. He has the greatest job in the world with the worst company ever. Give him a break - he's most likely not making these boneheaded decisions.


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