• August 13, 2007
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    August 13 - August 19, 2007
    In addition to some excellent moments from this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, we also have some great material from outside of our date range, including a good chunk of music from 1981, one of the consistently good latter-era years.

    Our earliest date-appropriate jam this week is from 8/13/79 at McNichols Arena in Denver. As we mentioned last week, this date was meant to be the second night of a three night run at Red Rocks, but Mother Nature had other ideas and they were forced to play the second and third shows indoors at McNichols. From this night, we have the second set opening trio of I Need A Miracle>Bertha>Good Lovin’, drawn from the master reels running at 15 ips.

    Exactly eight years later, 8/13/87, the band found themselves back at Red Rocks for the third night of their three night run, opening the show with this rare opener, Big Boss Man. From later in that first set, we have a rocking Far From Me. These two tracks were recorded from the Beta PCM digital masters.

    Our final mid-August piece of music this week is from Portland, Oregon on 8/15/81, and demonstrates the not-exactly-great mix on many cassettes from the era. The performance, though, shines through, making this show opener worth hearing: Shakedown Street, Me and My Uncle>Big River.

    Speaking of cassette masters from 1981, our next trio of tracks is made up of the second set openers of three consecutive nights on the outstanding May, 1981 tour. First, from Rutgers University on 5/15/81, is this dense Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain. The middle night of our journey stops at the magical Barton Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca on 5/16/81, and features Shakedown Street>Bertha>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance (we hope you don’t mind two versions of Shakedown Street and Bertha this week…). We end our mini-tour of the east coast in Syracuse on 5/17/81 with this classic set opener of Cold Rain and Snow>Samson and Delilah, which always had such a smooth segue.

    Because we had such a great time putting together these 1981 moments for you, we’ll continue with the mid-first set Friend of the Devil>C.C. Rider from 7/2/81 at the Summit in Houston. As rare as Grateful Dead concerts were in Texas, they sure did play well there. Also from Texas, on 7/4/81 at Manor Downs in Austin, we have several moments from that great show: From the first set is this rowdy Minglewood Blues and the set closing China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. And, from the second set is the opening Feel Like A Stranger and the double-dose jam of Bird Song>Playing In The Band, featuring a very rare second set Bird Song.

    Lastly this week, a little taste of 1972, specifically the opening night of the European tour, 4/7/72 in London. From the middle of the first set is this nice Loser, always good to hear in its early form.

    Stop back in next week for some exceptional 1972 material, as well as a 1976 studio jam, plus loads of other great music. As always, we encourage you to write with questions or comments, suggestions or requests.

    David Lemieux
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In addition to some excellent moments from this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, we also have some great material from outside of our date range, including a good chunk of music from 1981, one of the consistently good latter-era years.

Our earliest date-appropriate jam this week is from 8/13/79 at McNichols Arena in Denver. As we mentioned last week, this date was meant to be the second night of a three night run at Red Rocks, but Mother Nature had other ideas and they were forced to play the second and third shows indoors at McNichols. From this night, we have the second set opening trio of I Need A Miracle>Bertha>Good Lovin’, drawn from the master reels running at 15 ips.

Exactly eight years later, 8/13/87, the band found themselves back at Red Rocks for the third night of their three night run, opening the show with this rare opener, Big Boss Man. From later in that first set, we have a rocking Far From Me. These two tracks were recorded from the Beta PCM digital masters.

Our final mid-August piece of music this week is from Portland, Oregon on 8/15/81, and demonstrates the not-exactly-great mix on many cassettes from the era. The performance, though, shines through, making this show opener worth hearing: Shakedown Street, Me and My Uncle>Big River.

Speaking of cassette masters from 1981, our next trio of tracks is made up of the second set openers of three consecutive nights on the outstanding May, 1981 tour. First, from Rutgers University on 5/15/81, is this dense Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain. The middle night of our journey stops at the magical Barton Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca on 5/16/81, and features Shakedown Street>Bertha>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance (we hope you don’t mind two versions of Shakedown Street and Bertha this week…). We end our mini-tour of the east coast in Syracuse on 5/17/81 with this classic set opener of Cold Rain and Snow>Samson and Delilah, which always had such a smooth segue.

Because we had such a great time putting together these 1981 moments for you, we’ll continue with the mid-first set Friend of the Devil>C.C. Rider from 7/2/81 at the Summit in Houston. As rare as Grateful Dead concerts were in Texas, they sure did play well there. Also from Texas, on 7/4/81 at Manor Downs in Austin, we have several moments from that great show: From the first set is this rowdy Minglewood Blues and the set closing China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. And, from the second set is the opening Feel Like A Stranger and the double-dose jam of Bird Song>Playing In The Band, featuring a very rare second set Bird Song.

Lastly this week, a little taste of 1972, specifically the opening night of the European tour, 4/7/72 in London. From the middle of the first set is this nice Loser, always good to hear in its early form.

Stop back in next week for some exceptional 1972 material, as well as a 1976 studio jam, plus loads of other great music. As always, we encourage you to write with questions or comments, suggestions or requests.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net
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just in time for a late breakfast in Europe..must have been an early start over there. thanks especially for all the '81 material, as it is not so well represented in DP/DL
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hopefully come October there will be more 81 stuff Bob - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
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Just came home from 3 hours of work at the office, I am starting up slowly, because the experts, according to Danish newspapers, give that advice on a mild depression, the so-called post-vacation syndrome.So here I am in the garden, it's sunny, and my laptop is working on the 81 stuff, and hopefully come October...., as Bob said here.
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Copenhagen and barcelona along with The rainbow of Course Bob - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
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what a wonderful week of tunes.That shakedown from cornell is outstanding, cant wait to hear these recordings.. Thanks for doing what you do David B ---release the JGB reels!!!---
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1981 was a good year of music from the GD, many thanks David. Waiting on my Brokedown Palace. Keep jamming America.
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love that Cornell show, cant wait to get my hands on these and other 81 nugs.more later! “The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”
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hey david. always great. i was diggin the soundchecks and unusual songs. it seems they have given way to more of the common songs. my vote is for rarities and different song choices!! thanks for all your efforts, though. peace.
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Thank you.........for a real good time. Peace on Earth thru cultivation of massive JurassicBlueberries,"Thank you Jerry" Smile, Smile, Smile ^^^;-)
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Whoa!! This Shakedown is some serious GRROOOOOOOVVVYYY!! great choice!! thanks
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tj crowleyagain thankyou for your time and energy.......don't forget the gem of a seque 10 31 70 viola lee>>cumberland (s u n y - stoney brook)
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Sure, break my heart some more with multiple Shakedowns and Berthas..... and I second or 3rd -- 1981 was a great time for the boys. Played some fine, fun shows. Saw a few of 'em... great times. Michael Nothin' left to do but smile… smile… smile!
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Great moments from 81.There's a Scarlet->Fire, Sailor-> Saint from 10/19/81 Barcellona Spain. Early vote from me! Still looking for an S.O.T.M. - maybe Eugene 8/21/93.... I'll be waiting next week!!! ;) D.L. - Thanks for the hard work! All The Children Learning From Books They Were Burning
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Thanks for the '81 stuff! Saw my first show in 1981 (Hartford 3/14/81). Jerry wore shades and was still stage right. I, for one, really *liked* Brent's Fender-Rhodes piano sound and things just weren't the same after 1981. Anyway, I'm really digging this stuff... --Rodger
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not only is this the first day of school, but it is also my birthday-- along with some yummy cake, i got some wonderful music! the first thank you note i send is to you You YOU because you make me smile Smile SMILE :-) ! thank you, david. you make me a very happy girl again! (cold rain and snow- for me-- for my birthday! how kind!) have a great day- caroline
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Another great list this week. I'm tryin to catch up from previous weeks plus i received some Dick's Picks i bought from the store recently. 2nd Shakedown is really good, Scarlet>Fire is a classic. I always love a Scarlet>Fire. I think 78' probably best year of Scarltet>Fires. The 2nd Shakedown 5/16/81 is groovy as well. Samson and Deliliah is kinda cool on this one caus Jerry sounds like he really is goin to tear the whole building down, Bobby too. I went back a few months in the tapers section and noticed u did play an "Althea" few months ago. But if u have any more good "Althea" songs, that would be hip man. I listened to Althea song from 8-12-79 yesterday and Jerry forgot the words but he made up for it with his crafty guitar skills. Bobby's Birthday coming up October 16 which will be here quickly so not too early to find some from that date. Great 81' songs and can't wait til next week for the 72' classics. Thanks again Peace.
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Would love to here some Dire Wolf. Thanks for all the great tunes. PikesPeak
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Oh, my! Magic indeed at Cornell. Thank you so much David! ^^^mounainzen^^^
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1981 was my first year following the Dead and what a year it was! I was hooked!
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it's always so really great to get pieces of brent anywhere and that was awesome.. thanks david.. and props to charlottesville arena virginia host to phil and friends this october.. wooo hoo wahoo wah!!!!
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Thanks David. Much appreciated!!!
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Please, please, please put some music from the last show of the 1990 fall tour at MSG, 9/20/90. That was simply a ridiculously great show. The Ramble on Rose, China>Rider and the post-space segment of the show were incredible.....this would be amazing to be able to hear again. Thanks!
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5/16/81 Bertha is very tight - a keeper !
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Torrential rainfall at the Rutgers Athletic Center while the band was playing, Bobby actually held out his hand to catch some of the rain leaking from the flat glass roof of the athltetic center. lightning was flashing and the crowd was responding with blissful energy during Looks Like Rain, Jerry whipped up the end jam into a frenzy on this wet jersey spring night. PLEASE PLAY, LOOKS LIKE RAIN from 5-15-1981 Sincerely, JurassicBlueberries
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Thank you for the David's Picks every week!!!! What a treat! I love this from the vault, Dave's Picks, with all the historical notes and fine, fine, fine selections! David - are you making these selections like Dick (Latvala), the notes I read about him?? He would get up each morning, smoke a bong, turn on some fine obscure gems from the vault and make notes in his notebook, complete with asterisks and stars???!!! Thank you for keeping this entire concept going and for your fantastic selections! I have really been enjoying them and looking forward to them each week!! Latvala!!
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will there be anything from this show in a couple of weeks Bob - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
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Hey David,This is your new best pal, ole buddy gary.....remember?? 2 weeks ago I made a request for Rutgers 81............and you came threw......THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!. After listening to that shakedown, bertha this week (WOW) It kind of reminded me of a audenace (low grade) tape I had many years ago. The show was from Gainesville Fl in the year 1980. It had a UNBELIEVABLE Shakedown into Franklins 2nd set opener. Brent leads the way to Franklins........It gave me goose bumps evertime I listen to it!!!..............Really it did. The tape is long gone. Find it in the vault, listen to it. And I'm sure you will agree that it is HOT ONE!!! Could you please post it here.....................PRETTY PLEASE!!! Once again, Thank you for putting up all this fine music for us each week!! Your new best friend, new pal, ole buddy, Gary Hartman Clewiston, Fl
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Thanks David for the selection from Denver. I was there with some cajun pals, somewhat disappointed Redrocks was rained out, but we persevered and found McNichols!Can you look at your inventory and determine if a quality recording of 10/18-19/80 exists? Thanks for your efforts!
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Oh I have needed a fix, digging into my tapes, now this! Simply Heaven! Thank you!
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Alligator Alley Gym Gainesville Florida SHAKEDOWN--------FRANKLINS Its a HOT one!!!!
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exactly what i was lookin for... seriously read my mind... i've been on an 81 search for the past 2 days and i guess i found it. great stuff here
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i don't wanna get too far but seriously, i'm weeping tears, that may be the best i've ever heard. I takes me right back to the first day i ever heard a bootleg in 1988(space to fire to cassidy). i don't know what to say but thanx.
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sorry if i'm ignorant, but this is best i've ever heard
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thank you soooo very much
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the scarlet/fire and sailor/saint are the best i've heard
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forget it at this point..... best ever...... sampson , continue, forget it, what else could i post... this will be my bookmark for a long time....
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for a 40 year-old that has never been to a show... I am not on a mountain top (though usually) God bless you.
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this is getting silly now... would you please consider making this into a record?
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Far from me! Loser! This is perfect for my b-day. Thanks.
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Damny, theres something about Brent's voice that even when the lyrics... are pretty bad.... he's just comforting.... Wow. Thank you thank you!
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Not sure if this is the right place to ask this but... I have an very old cassette tape of Dark Start > Dancin in the Streets and I was trying to figure out the Date of the show. By the sound of it, it's in the 69-71 time frame. Is there any way to find it? Very upbeat/fast riffs on Dancin'. Thanks for any help you can provide
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Sounds like it could be 06/22/69 (Sun) Central Park - New York City, NY Silver Threads And Golden Needles, Me & My Uncle, Sitting On Top Of The World, Casey Jones, Hard To Handle, Lovelight, Dancing In The Streets, Dark Star > The Other One > St. Stephen > It's A Sin
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No.... it's definitely Dark Star >>> Dancing in the Streets. (The show that you list is the other way around). I've checked the setlists that are on this website and a few others but can't seem to find it. I have the tape... it's terrible sound quality but... it's great music. I was hoping to find the date so that I can get a better quality copy. :-) Thanks
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Setlists programme www.setlists.net shows the following Dark Star>Dancing on 05/08/70 Farrell Hall, S.U.C.N.Y. - Delhi, NY Setlists notes talk of a terrible audience tape so perhaps this is the one you have also perhaps Dark Star>Main Ten>Dancing on 11/08/70 Capitol Theater - Port Chester, NY Follow the links from Setlists and you can hear them on Archive.org ...just killing tme here waiting for Tapers Section!
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tj crowley am i missing something? there's no taper's this week? 8 20 > 26 ???? or is my calender wrong?
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    12 years 10 months ago
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    12 years 10 months ago
    Well that too bad...
    Please bring back the downloadable content!I too enjoy the mobile (Read: Ipod, not laptop) feature of the previous version of Taper's section. I have enjoyed this site and David's comments SO much, it was good while it lasted but the net value has gone to near zero (other than the comments!) Cheers and please reconsider!
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    12 years 10 months ago
    No more DLs?
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