Grateful Dead

September 9 - September 15, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we've got music covering 23 years of Grateful Dead music, including some of the oldest material we have in the vault.

Our first stop is on 7/30/66, when the Grateful Dead were playing in Vancouver, BC, at the PNE. The rather light applause between songs is more of a reflection on the size of the crowd than the audience's enthusiasm for the music, I think. From this show, we have Standing On The Corner, I Know You Rider, Next Time You See Me, Sitting On Top Of The World, You Don't Have To Ask, Big Boss Man, Stealin', Cardboard Cowboy, Baby Blue, Cream Puff War.

Next is the show-opening sequence from 15 years later, on 7/7/81 in Kansas City, featuring New Minglewood Blues>Bertha>Dancing In The Street, Big Railroad Blues>El Paso, To Lay Me Down. This is the first version of Dancing In The Street since December, 1979, and the last-ever version featuring the Disco Dancin' arrangement. When they started playing it again in 1984, they brought back the original Motown arrangement. This version, to be kind, is less-than-good. A bit of a mess, really.

Lastly this week is music from the last-ever Grateful Dead show at Alpine Valley on 7/19/89, featuring the start of the second set: Box Of Rain>Foolish Heart>Looks Like Rain>Terrapin Station. These three nights at Alpine were exceptional, some of the finest, most consistently great music of the excellent 1989-1990 period. Hot stuff for sure.

Be sure to join us here next week for more tunes from the vault. And as always, we encourage you to write to us at the email address below with questions, comments or suggestions.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Sep 28 2013
Agreed. Awesome version of my

Agreed. Awesome version of my favorite song in the world!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Alpine '89

Great shows all around.

A couple of days ago, a local independent public sponsored radio station played "The Music ever Stopped" from "Fallout From The Phil Zone" from 7/17/89, the same show as Downhill From Here, but for some odd reason, not included on the DVD. It sounded so good on the radio that I think it was an odd decision to not include it. I think they need to rerelease the complete show uncut, in addition to 7/18 and 19/89 in a box set with DVDs and CDs mixed from the multi-track recordings.

It's odd to me that there are people who are biased against '89. It's one of their top peak years. If "The Music Never Stopped" from "Fallout From The Phil Zone" doesn't convince you by the shear magnitude of it's over the top energy, then you are quite possibly a person who likes little or nothing post '70s. '87 - '90 are usually the first shows I reach for, but not because I like any other years more or less. It's just the era that speaks to me first.

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Bird Song..

..the Bird Song from 7/18/89 is one of my favorites, check that out also...It'd be great if they released this movie as a DVD/CD set also....TPTB:anyone listening?!!!!!!

Joined: Nov 13 2012
Stolzfus, Cue up the Rider


Cue up the Rider from the 17th. IMHO, you'd have to go clear back to the late 70's to find one is played as competently. I strongly recommend watching the DVD ("Downhill From Here") with liberal amounts of volume and a couple of your favorite imports.

While you're at it, dig the Cumberland, West L.A. and Deal, the latter two actually being from the 19th.

The Scarlet from the 18th is no slouch, either.


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Joined: May 11 2010
Sept. 9-15

Yeah, the '66 is powerful. Jerry was raw and disciplined. He tore through his solos!
As always, thanks for the gem, David!

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actually, i feel that way about Seinfeld.

but he was right about the english patient.

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Joined: Jul 29 2013
Thank You Mr Lemieux!

7/30/66 is the day I was born. I have material from this period on Birth Of The Dead, but this is from my day. Thank you sir!

Another bit of irony for me. The 7/7/81 show in KC was the day before my 5th show on 7/8/81 at the Kiel in St. Louis.

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Damn I LOVE THIS !!!!!!!! Raw Beautiful that is what its all about!'s picture
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trouble playing the whole segments

My player will go for about 13 minutes and then stop even though the segments are longer. Is anyone else having this trouble and/or does anyone have advice?

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It should be the 89-91 period

More precisely....

Christmas run 88 through Polo Fields 11/3/91. Almost three solid yQears of music there. I don't know why some deadheads continue to give short-shrift to most of 91 but they are really missing some good shows.


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