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 7 2007
You might get hooked.

For those lookin' for some good music, try

Artist: James McMurtry
Album: Childish Things
Year: 2005

Even has "Ole Slew Foot"

Greg SC

Joined: Sep 4 2007
enough already

I have been reading the posts for the past 3 weeks and they are starting to make me physically ill. I too enjoyed the downloads, but c'mon people...get over it. The sense of entitlement makes me so angry.

My only complaint as far as the Rhino thing goes is the glacial pace of the official releases....and that, in my opinion is a legitimate gripe. However, I am willing to give them a little more time to get it sorted the meantime, If you really need to download stuff, go to etree.

And my only message to Dave is to keep up the great work, and know that it is appreciated. And maybe see if you can light a fire under Rhino's collective butts to get the releases flowing.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007


"What do the lights mean!!?!"

Joined: Jun 5 2007
give the guy a break!!!!!

quit the whining and enjoy the music. hey david how about something from 9-26-81 at the end of the month? thanks

Joined: Aug 9 2007
what a bunch of haters


Can't really believe comment lines like "I don't care anymore..." and "We were all ignored I guess...." and "Bill Graham and Jerry would be saddened....."

Man I listen to this great taper's section every Monday and look forward to it. Can't say there is no such thing as a free lunch.

It's free, it's clean and it's good. The remaining members of the band have made it inherently clear they will protect their diddies from downloading. Thems the facts. Deal with it.

But the streaming is excellent and few can deny that. I'm certainly pleased with the quality and selection.

I bow to thee, Mr. Lemieux. Very, very nicely done!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Option to stream all tracks?

I'd first like to say thank you to David for taking the time to pull together all of these tasty nuggets each week. I certainly appreciate it.

I tend to listen to the tracks at work (it's my only option now) however with the streaming format i have to keep going to the site and load another song. It would be great to have the option to "play all" of the tracks for the week.

As for all of the whiners and complainers bitchin' about not being able to download the mp3s, don't blame the messenger. How much of your time do you spend each week providing a FREE service?

Joined: Sep 4 2007
One way or another, This whining's got to give!

I've been enjoying Dead music for well over 30 years now and I just want to say I remember when trading tapes often had sound dropouts, cuts in music, people talking over the music, and various other crap. One from the Vault came out in 1991 I believe and a steady release series began. It was so wonderful to get these complete shows and even the highlight sets were pretty good. Too many folks have been spoiled by these internet downloads. I agree with those who want more shows released, I really miss Dick's Picks every spring summer and winter. But stop bitching about David and what he offers us. I really enjoy this Tapers section and I think we should be glad to hear any of it at all!

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Joined: Jun 6 2007

Just wanted to say I appreciate your efforts in bringing us these samples from the vault. I check in here every week to see what you've come up with. Bruce Kaufman

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Props to Charlie Miller and Wharfrat1

I'm streaming the Playin' from 9/7/73 right now, works fine. Pretty damn hot, too...except for Donna. :)

This sure as hell ain't the taping community I hooked up with in 1982. I remember getting killer audiences of Augusta 10/12/84 six weeks after the show; we were amazed at how FAST that was.

The internet has spoiled the taping community. We think we're entitled to nothing but the finest soundboards, anytime we want them, period. Guess what? We still do have them. You can stream any show from that you want, and you can still download the audience recordings. Do your homework and learn what the OLD-SCHOOL guys like Rob Eaton, Barry Glassberg, Jim Wise and the Oade brothers went through to get some of those audience recordings in the 70's and early 80's...they did some EXCELLENT work, and has it for FREE download. Alternatively, check out the Mouth Of The Beast series ( for some fine examples of audience recordings, especially 3/9/81.

But ultimately, if you have to have those prisitine soundboards in lossless format, do your homework and find how how and where to download them. They're all out there, thanks to extremely dedicated people like Charlie Miller (THANK YOU for all your hard work in this regard, Charlie).

Get off of David's ass. He's doing his best to give us tasty nuggets from The Vault, and that's where his responsibility stops. He doesn't set the policy, Rhino does. Christ, talk about killing the messenger....he does what he can to bring us gems and people here want to slit his throat.

Thanks for the tunes, David.

red8sox (not verified)
Are you ignorant or too

Are you ignorant or too blind to see.....


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