Grateful Dead

Week of December 21 - December 27, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to our holiday edition of the Tapers' Section. Things are a bit light here this week, but we do have some excellent material for you.

Our first selection is from Golden Hall in San Diego on 2/19/82, with a very good chunk of the first set, featuring Bertha>Greatest Story Ever Told, Dire Wolf, Little Red Rooster, Brown-Eyed Woman, Cassidy, Candyman. This is a little bit out of our date range this week, but we came across this tape and found some good music that we figured you'd enjoy.

Our next selection is from 12/27/89 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. I believe we've played the post-Drums sequence here at the Tapers' Section, so this week we'll play you the pre-Drums sequence, featuring Iko Iko, Playing In The Band>Crazy Fingers>Uncle John's Band, with the first couple of songs featuring none other than the Big Man, Clarence Clemons sitting in on saxamaphone. A funny personal anecdote to this show: I'd flown in to San Francisco at around 3 PM from the east coast for these shows, and throughout 12/27/89 I kept thing 'wow, the sound is really muddy.' It wasn't until toward the end of the second set during Morning Dew that I decided to plug my nose and pop my ears, and all of sudden the sound became crystal clear. I was so bummed as I felt that despite being in a great location, I felt I'd missed the show. So let that be a lesson: if you fly the day of a concert, pop your ears.

Finally this week, we are going to look back on Dick's Picks Vol. 5, from 12/26/79 at the Oakland Auditorium Arena, later to be named the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. From this magnificent concert, we have the post-Drums sequence of Not Fade Away>Brokedown Palace>Around and Around>Johnny B. Goode, Shakedown>Uncle John's Band. This is such a great show and worthy of Dick's Picking.

Be sure to stop in next week when we'll say goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010 with music from 1977 and 1989. Thanks for stopping in and we'll look forward to seeing you next week.

David Lemieux


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Joined: May 10 2009
That was my first New Years

89 was my first New Years eve show, you could ONLY DREAM of attending 1 when u grew up on the east coast...My Buddy and I did 44 shows that year Between Cali and NJ Front ROW every chance we got that year..we were regulars...i LOVED when midnight hit and they dropped the baloons and someone handed me 1 with n20 what a GAS......To this day I love a SAX and a real Piano with my DEAD.....


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
More Volume please!!!!

Is that my glass? Can you see it? Understand me?

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Jack Jones will you come to me

Joined: Jun 13 2007
I love you more than words can tell

Happy New Year to one of the sweetest men in the world!
My graditude for your page, Unlimited.
May peace always be at your door, David.
In lovingkindness,
just gotta poke around....

Joined: Jun 10 2007

fabulous way to start the day--
iko with the morning coffee- the day after xmas- up long before anyone else (except, of course, the hound- my girl ripple is misnamed- i should have called her shadow!). and she and i decided we'd go in the library and rock out!
i think we'll make it all the way thru this week's taper's section before other creatures begin stirring!

thanks for the tunes, santa david!

Joined: Dec 26 2008

ben on the bus since 76, couple shows a year.. went to new years 81-82 then i was hooked good 22 shows this year starting with these two golden hall show,s front row at both!!! brent did a space ranger at one of the shows!! unreal!! all shows that year were phenominal ,just check out greek shows from this year!!! thanks for the memories!!!!!!!Tom from Eugene....

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
Thanks for the music!

Once again I just have to say thanks for all the great music you post on this site every week all year long. Looking forward to next year. By the way, is a saxamaphone basically an expanded saxophone for a Big Man? Or is it related to the Satchmophone? At any rate, what a great Iko. The band sounds like they are having a total blast.


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Joined: Jun 18 2007


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Oak. Aud. Arena

This was the most comfortable and funky home venue for the Dead. When it got fancified as the "Kaiser" it lost some of what the Dead were all about. Saw my best shows there and was the only place I ever beat Bill Grahm's security.

Thanks for this excerpt from my home away from home.

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Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey Man,
That piece from San Diego '82 is cool--continuing on w/ El Paso after Candyman,
a nice Christmas bonus.El Paso cuts mid way thru w/ plenty of drag space left
on the seek bar of the flyplayer...anybody wanna field that one??
No matter 'cause Lemieux gets it right w/ Dick's Vol.5! 1979 has got to be the
greatest New Year's run ever.DO NOT miss set 2 pre-drums sequence from
Dick's Vol.5(disc 2) Oh man, that Uncle John's is finest kind!
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh


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