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 6 2007
It's not David's fault...

I'm as pissed off as anyone about the new streaming format versus the downloadable mp3s. But I don't blame David. He's just doing his job. He’s in a tough position (between the heads and the executives at Rhino). There’s understandably some anger over this change, but lets not blow is out of proportion (much less direct it at the wrong individual). Rhino has obviously put the breaks on the mp3s. I was sceptical when it was announced that Rhino was taking over the vault, and now I'm concerned. However, at least the heads have David as their voice regarding future releases. Hang in there David, we still love ya. We're just disappointed at the situation.

Joined: Aug 29 2007
Me & My Uncle

Thanks "Simon Phillips2" I'm a real boob. It's on my Aud copy also - duh!!
When I made the artwork, I must have just copy and pasted from Deadbase.
Thanks for clearing it up !!

Joined: Jun 6 2007
lay off lemieux

Some "heads" apparently need to understand that David Lemieux is acting based on directives coming down from some faceless corporate entity at this point. He has had to make adjustments to the new way, for better or worse, just as we all have. To categorically deny your love of Grateful Dead, due to simple mis-management by those who obviously don't know what they are doing, is a huge mistake. Love of true art should never depend on who is making what decision behind the scenes. It is what it is. Cut David some slack, he's been doing great work for us for years. By the way I'm certain he's not too "blond" to see anything~ he has dark hair

Joined: Jun 14 2007
Are you kidding me?

Come on guys. I really can't believe all of these negative comments. This is SO NOT what the Dead and everything that goes along with the Dead is about. Each and everyone of us should be more than grateful to have the music offered to us each and every Monday - free!. Who cares about the damn format. GET OVER IT! Just enjoy the music! All of you who have made negative comments owe David a big apology - really. Hell, I remember going to shows and writing the set list down on a piece of paper and then hearing bootleg tapes a month later. Now, all of that is availible hours after a show! So think about what I am saying and save your whining for someone else. Don't bother posting comments saying your pissed off, etc. Save it! Rock on David!!!!!

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Joined: Jul 17 2007
David's ok!

David's always been nice to me, perhaps he did get caught when the bank vault door slammed...
He answered my emails pronto, and filled my requests here as best he could.

Rhino on the other hand, owes my pal Cyril Jordan a handful of dimes, aaah...

Sundazed is a potential competitor with higher standards.

Check their catalog, very nice reissues, including the Bob Dylan classic albums on 180 gram vinyl in both stereo and mono -
Sundazed is a class act sunny jim.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Streaming Dreaming

When I click on a streaming file, Real Player is activated but then nothing happens, even after several minutes. Is this usual?

Happy Trails

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
We will have no wine, before its time.

Well, I'm tierd of reading all the rants. The bottom line is that Rhino cares nothing about the Deadhead community. I guess we will get a bone for Christmas this year to chew on. David, sorry you caught up in all this, hang in there man, this storm will have to end soon.

Coconut Phil.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
So entitled. . .

Let's all keep in mind that this is a free website. David does this out of love for the music (I assume) and we are calling him a jerk because he doesn't respond to our rants? I would guess that the format/downloadability is probably out of David's hands. Why should we be entitled to free downloads anyway? My hat is off to you David. Thanks!

Get Fried Man

Joined: Jun 25 2007

after the loss of the sbds at i vowed to never spend a dime on anything but since had tyhen i have seen a couple ratdogs shows and purchased 3 releases since the tapers section started , i figured what the hell , i can give a little something back, i was going to purchase 3 from the vault when the change of heart here at i borrowed the 3 from the vault from the local library instead....thx

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Joined: Jul 17 2007
Attn: Rhino CEO

Yes, just so you know, thanks for sharing...
for me, it's like getting a prize in the cereal box.

Since 1984 I've purchased over 100 various Rhino products at retail outlets, including record lps on vinyl such as the Nuggets series, Best of - The Standells, Easybeats, Chocolate Watchband, etc.
Video tapes - the entire Shindig! series, etc.
and on cd, the Nuggets I and II box sets plus many of the Rhino vinyl records all over again in the new format...

It's good public relations when a company such as General Mills or Procter & Gamble gives it's customers a little premium in return for their continued support and loyalty to the name brand products.

Popcorn, peanuts, candy and a prize... that's what you get with Cracker-Jacks...

altho, the prizes aren't what they used to be, now made of paper instead of more durable (and no doubt dangerous) bakelite or pewter.

I think in the short run today's corporations are making as much profit as they can before the bottom line sinks even further away...

It must be hard sleeping regular hours, worrying as computer savvy consumers continue to collect whatever free samples or giveaways that somehow you could have made them pay for.

The solution,you say, is let them sample it but in less valuable format, a bit like letting it be played on the radio, so we'll have to hook up all kinds of wires and recording decks or at least additional software in order to play sample selections at our leisure, and perhaps be enticed to purchase the whole set...

Just as earlier generations enjoyed making home tapes so they could feel they were a part of the creative process, though the truth is, we've always been little more than consumers,
buying back what we made trendy and popular to begin with.

Green Stamps, box tops, transistors, vcrs... I remember sunny Jim, when we could just tape whatever movies and tv shows we wanted - that was so much fun when it first became possible in the home, circa 1982.

People taped hours on end of MTV which was also new at the time.

Before that, if we wanted to see a movie any old time, and pretend we had our very own theatre - we'd get those little 8mm reels and tiny little projectors - or we'dmake low-fi cassette tapes off the radio, etc.

The only thing that's really changed, and apparently this is what has you congloerates nervous -
is that the home consumer can make copies of a much better quality now.

Yeah, but it's still a home-made amateur assembly, and still can't compete with the real thing.

No used record store would give a dime for a CD-R, no matter how nice the scan is.

Stop worrying about the few books that get borrowed from the library.

Even John D. Rockerfeller took his PR man's advice -
when the public increasingly expressed anger resenting his colossal greed Rocky bit the bullet and gave away dimes to children of all ages in public.

While no great loss to his fortune, coughing up thousands of dimes was a business expense that nevertheless made the old man sweat bullets... and it actually worked wonders to stem the tide of ill will.

Would that Rhino learn from their forebear and loosen up on the thousands upon thousands of Grateful Dead recordings instead of clutching at straws.
The motivations to withhold at this late date are transparent. The not-so-dumb kids of today can see right through the emperor's new clothes.

Brother, can you spare a dime?

all the endless runes of the past


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