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April 16 - April 22, 2018

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll cover 20 years of Grateful Dead history, with music from 1973, 1987, and 1993.

Our first selection this week is from 3/30/73 in Rochester, NY, where we have the big second set jam, featuring Truckin'> Eyes Of The World > Not Fade Away > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad> One More Saturday Night.

Next is the start of the second set from 3/27/87 in Hartford, CT, where we have this energetic back of terrific music: Touch Of Grey > Samson And Delilah > Cumberland Blues ; Estimated Prophet > Eyes Of The World.

Lastly this week is the start of the second set from 3/29/93 in Albany, NY, which happened to be my penultimate Grateful Dead concert: Here Comes Sunshine ; Looks Like Rain ; Box Of Rain > He's Gone. The weather was cold and rainy out, hence the trio of songs to open this set.

Be sure to join us here next week for more music from the vault.

David Lemieux
Twitter: @lemieuxdavid


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Joined: Apr 21 2018
100's of DAT tapes FREE to a good home

Any fan living in OH 15-20 years ago might have known my brother, Guido. He was a taper and he left me about 200 DAT's from various shows in the late 80's-90's - Grateful Dead, Phish, Bruce Hornsby...

The tapes are looking for a good home - FREE! I also have three Sony portable DAT Walkman's and a DAT recorder.

Let me know who wants them:

Joined: Aug 11 2012
Re: Dave's penultimate show

Agree w/Spacebrother on the Alpine '87 run. Those shows were extremely well played. I still listen to them a few times a year even though the available recordings are a bit muddy. My request to Dave is that he unearth the tapes buried somewhere in the vault (if they, in fact, exist in the vault) right here and let us regular visitors to the Tapers' Section give some feedback as to their quality vs. what we already know from our long-held tapes and files of these shows.


Joined: Jun 4 2007
Dave's penultimate show

At the time, when I attended 3/14/93 in Richfield, the second night that wasn't cancelled due to the big blizzard, it marked the first time I ever felt underwhelmed by a Grateful Dead concert. From where I sat, near the "taper section", the volume was low as was the energy in the room. A far cry from the awesome highly energetic and inspured three night run from 9/4-6/91 (they were "on" and still riding on their final real peak throughout most of '91). The 3/14/91 show just seemed to chug along until they made it to Terrapin > Jam > Drums > Space > Miracle > Stella Blue (Stella Blue was as amazing as this song gets), at which point where I consciously thought to myself that the Dead finally showed up to play the gig. The debut of "I Fought The Law" felt like an inside joke and like the booby prize for the hassle to attend such an event in a life or death weather emergency situation.

Years later, and now-a-days when I come back to this one, 3/14/93 was a better show than I remembered. Incidentally, 6/8-9/93 in Aurburn Hills were actually great well-played and energetic affairs where Jerry was fully engaged and killing it. Would like to see those up on the "Tapers Section" or "Jam of the Week", if not released, one of these days.

I attended another dozen shows after 3/14/93, up until the very end, including 5 of the final 7 (didn't attend Riverport '95). Deer Creek and Soldier Field '95 felt like it was already over. Jerry actually looked like he didn't want to be there and only injected a little passion for a couple of brief moments, not to mention that crowd problems grew out of control.

A mere two or three years prior to '93, the Dead where on top of the world.

Now '87 on the other hand, felt like the Dead reborn. Jerry came back swinging hard. Still odd to me that '87, the year the Dead hit their commercial peak, is still so under-represented from an official release standpoint. If only they had professionally recorded the pre-Dylan & The Dead run of shows from that Summer in '87. I'd still love to hear the vault sourced Alpine '87 recordings, even if the quality isn't top notch. Those have never circulated to my best knowledge.

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Joined: Apr 16 2008
OK Show

When attending this I was disappointed by the low energy of the band, especially during the 2nd set. Highlight for me was Candyman in the first set. I guess expectations were high after the Utica show I went to on 3/22.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Truck parking right outside

...this lazy summer home.

Nice lazy noodle jam at the end of Truckin' there.


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