Grateful Dead

Week of December 7- December 13, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out music from 1971, 1981 and 1989, an 18 year run through the Grateful Dead's recorded history.

Our first stop this week is on 12/7/71 at the Felt Forum in New York City, which is located on the ground floor of Madison Square Garden, and is currently called the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. After the Fillmore East closed in June 1971, with the Grateful Dead's final shows there being in April, 1971, the band didn't really have a home in New York, trying out a few places for the next few years, a range of venues that included the Felt Forum, Academy of Music, Roosevelt Stadium in New Jersey for the big summer shows, Nassau Coliseum in 1973, the Bronx in summer 1971and a few other places. The Felt Forum shows, the band's first in Manhattan since the Fillmore shows in April, were a triumph, with Pigpen back, radio broadcasts, a big new live album (recorded mostly in New York, no less) and huge success just around the corner, or so it seemed. From the Felt Forum, we have this batch of first set material, Next Time You See Me, Tennessee Jed, El Paso, Brokedown Palace, Run Rudolph, You Win Again, Cumberland Blues. They were playing very well at these shows, as proven by all of these smaller yet exceptional songs.

Our next selection this week is from 12/7/81 in des moines, ia, on that short midwest tour we mentioned here last week. from the start of the second set, we have the double dose of jerry followed by the double dose of bobby, Mississippi Half Step>Franklin's Tower>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance. this is a classic 1981 sequence, with the _ step>Franklin's always a great combination.

From the same tour's final night, on 12/9/81 in Boulder, CO, we have another first set closing sequence of Candyman>Cassidy, Looks Like Rain, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. This is an excellent little tour, often overlooked but worth checking out if your tape trading takes them to you.

Our last stop this week is at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA, then home of the LA Lakers and LA Kings. The venue is still there hosting concerts, but the hockey and basketball teams have moved downtown to the Staples Center. From 12/10/89, we have this cool first set closing sequence of When I Paint My Masterpiece, Loser, Victim or the Crime, CC Rider, I'm a Man. Those final two tunes feature rock legend Spencer Davis sitting in with the band, a very cool guest artist.

Be sure to stop back next week for music from 1969, 1980 and 1985. Some good stuff coming up. Have a great week and we'll see you here next Monday. And as always, feel free to write to the address below my name with questions or comments.

David Lemieux


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Joshua_me's picture
Joined: Jun 24 2007
By the Way She Shines....

That "Loser" from 12/10/89 is interesting...

Lots of Bobby having fun with his Casio... Prolly drove ol' Jer nuts... :-)

It's as if they were gearing up for that legendary Albany '90 version....

Good times.

CsmicK's picture
Joined: Oct 12 2007
Felt Forum

I'm thinkin a box set from the Felt would be a good idea! might possibly be the best Brokedown Palace on record! Love this era of Deaddom!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joined: Jun 4 2007

According to Deadbase IX, 10-29-85 is the only other occasion Franklins moves from Half Step into Sailor>Saint.

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Great early 80 s choices

Smallz , bro you owe it to yerself to check out all of the LA Forum Dec 10 , 89 ( as well as the previous night ] . Its a rockin show . Ive owned it ince the mid 90 s ( Thanks to my great friend Rick parker , formerly of Midland MI .. ] . Hornsby is guest on most of the 2nd set , where they rock the greatest stuff - very verypotent material

* A small anecdote on the Des moines audio file , I had never seen Sailor saint , follow a step franklins , all together as Lemieux specifies . Im sure they did it more than once , but i d never noticed that minor point , of that specifically . Although in the early 80 s, theres a plethora of weird and strange song combos .. Thanks to the TS im rediscovering much of the early 80 s , and DL s advice

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Lost the first verse of Lost Sailor

It's not there - gone. Funny, didn't catch it until the second listen. Jaime's right, must've been a tape flip or something. All in all, a very inspired sequence. 1/2 Step into Franklin's is money!

The 12/9/81 jam is wonderful, so wonderful that I went to to listen to the entire show. Other than the band totally losing their way on Jack Straw, it's a very good show start to finish.

Lastly, I must point out that I'm A Man jams soooo hard! Never heard this before...thanks so much David Lemieux!

mandolinking's picture
Joined: Oct 15 2009

I am relatively new to this site and totally new to the idea of listening to shows that are all from one tour etc. I don`t believe I can hear so much brilliant stuff and that it`s all for free!
Thank you so much!!

May Your Grass Be Green and Your Tides Be High

Joined: Aug 31 2009

where's the 'where's the dark star?'?

Joined: Aug 31 2009
Franklin's >Saint Segue

Just caught that Jaime... missed first couple listens, but kept wondering why they started at the second verse. Had to turn up vol. (sorry co-workers) to catch the silence.

I really dig the sequence, and most certainly this one!

ha ha... f' bombs indeed ;-)

Joined: Dec 9 2009
I have loved the gratefull

I have loved the gratefull dead fore a long time. My best times of my life wos when I traveled to see a GD concert

Joined: Sep 4 2007
1981 , woah !!

Pretty .5 step . Jerry was inspired .. And great Franklin s . And great segue into Sailor ( 5 stars , although theres like a reel flip or something .. ] Phil sounds great ; and i think he was already using the PIE Godzilla amplifiers . That must ve been cool to hear live .

At leaast i know that in the 90s , when i saw my shows , his sound set up would rattle perfectly when necessary

A big fave of mine from ' 81 is July 11 Alpine valley . What a bitchin show .. I used to own a pretty audience t . I think im hint hinting that an 81 release should sometime creep out : ) haha

All in all , its not because im from Iowa , but the Step - Saint sequence is the best of the four ive heard up to now - in 17 years of Deading . Im gonna go get a hold of a friend who may have that show as for now i need it . Youre a god Lemieux , thanks


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