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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Joined: Nov 13 2009
Run Rudolph

Really dig run rudolph just for the fact it's the only time I ever heard the Dead do an x-mas tune and truly a bonus that its sung by Mr. Pen!

Joined: Nov 21 2009

12/9/81! Smoking Candyman...the tapers section has been on one hell of a run. And many thanks as you just make my Tuesday!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
gotta say...

...the last couple of weeks have been winners here at the ol' tapers section. I always love a good version of Candyman for it's relatively rare to hear one on the official releases. I was glad to see one on the new Road Trips release, too. Thanks DL for the nuggets and for keeping the streak going. A+

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
"Did my best."

Something about that mountain air. The Looks like rain china->rider
had the old goose bumps going! Just grand!

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

Joined: Jun 10 2007
santa and spencer

love the interesting combos the season brings--

as always, enjoying this week's offerings!

thanks, david!

Joined: Aug 21 2008
bobby really tossin' the f'

bobby really tossin' the f' bombs on these 81 shows huh?

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Joined: Apr 12 2008

Yea Man,
Have always dug the Felt run of December '71.Nice to see it here at
Taper's Station.
Some wicked overdrive careening on that 1st set closing 12//9/81
China/Rider.Yessah...finest kind!
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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Joined: Sep 18 2007
The Boulder show!

Oh My God - The Boulder show, Winter 1981! After a huge meltdown early in the first set, this turned into a wonderful show. That night will always be one of my finest memories - hazy but very bright at the same time, if you know what I mean...

After the First Set ending of China-Rider, the Second Set opened with Scarlet-Fire and on we went. There is a more than serviceable copy on Internet Archive for those whose curiosity is piqued.

Thank you David for - Again and Again and Again - turning a busy Monday of Freshman papers and class prep into a real Joy.

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Joined: Oct 3 2008
Run Rudolph, I'm a Man

71 was a great year and this little ditty is quite the rockin version of an old Xmas favorite, I like Chuck Berry's version, but this is real good
I have heard that 89 show before, and Spencer Davis sounds a little flat on CC, I can see why Steve Winwood did a lot of the vocals for the Spencer Davis Group, but makes up for it big time on I'm a Man, also, check out Brett's solo, then Jerry's after, what a way to end the first set.

Joined: Oct 1 2007

Thanks, as always for the tunes, always makes Mon morning at work more fun! Now, my old bug-bear, the use of the "into" arrow between songs. There is no way that it is Candyman "into" Cassidy by even the most expansive sense of "into". They complete Candyman, stop, pause, count down into Cassidy, and then start Cassidy.
Well, I know this is my personal peeve, but the work you do is so high quality, its worth getting right!
Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile....


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