Tapers: Grateful Dead 6/21/89

I’ve been doing ‘Friday Jams’ for a while now.  I really enjoy finding live songs that I enjoy, and I always look forward to sharing with you readers.  I’m a huge fan of live music, as are most of you, and I’ve recently come to a crossroads.

Here’s the thing: Live music is best played as a show.  Today, I’m starting a new series called ‘Tapers’, in honor of the the folks who started it right: the members of the Tapers Pit at Dead shows:

These folks were animals.  Not only did they love the Grateful Dead, but they took the time to record the shows and share with legions of fans.  It was a much different time back then, as the only means to share live music were physically mailing tapes.  I had a few, and loved them.  They were some of my most cherished possessions.  There were (and still are) some massive collections.  From my buddies at Pesca Muerta:

The new Tapers series is going to celebrate live music in it’s truest form: a show.  And they won’t all be Dead shows, as there are some great concerts that I’m really looking forward to sharing.  I hope these shows make your day, as I’ll be listening to it this morning.

To kick it off, we’re going with an AWESOME show from the Grateful Dead: 6/21/89 from the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California:


Set 1
Touch of Grey
Minglewood Blues
Ramble On Rose
Box of Rain
Dire Wolf
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Row Jimmy

Set 2
Scarlet Begonias
Hell in a Bucket
Ship of Fools
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Other One
Morning Dew
Turn On Your Lovelight

E: Brokedown Palace

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  1. Nem
    06/23/2017 / 8:02 AM

    Seems contrived.  Didn’t you agree recently with the Muerta outfit’s preference for studio cut recording of the Grateful Dead?  What changed your mind?

    • JRS
      06/23/2017 / 8:28 AM

      I don’t believe I commented either way.  Ben said he preferred studio, and I know you commented that you prefer live, but I didn’t share my view in that post.  When it comes to the Dead, I believe they both have a place.  The albums are great; very focused, and the shows present the music from a different perspective – much more intuitive and free form. 

  2. CDS
    06/23/2017 / 9:28 AM

    Love it

  3. JMR
    06/23/2017 / 9:58 AM


  4. Landy
    06/23/2017 / 10:45 AM

    If you’re not going to focus only on the Dead, The Last Waltz and the old Day on The Green shows from Oakland are outstanding

  5. GTW
    06/23/2017 / 12:48 PM

    Not sure if there are any tapes/recordings of it, but the Dirty Guvs’ final show at the Tennessee Theatre is one of the best live shows I’ve ever been to. Definitely worth checking out if you can find it.

  6. Steve
    06/24/2017 / 9:12 PM

    I remember the pay per view of this show. Watched my VCR tape of it many many many times.

  7. Daniel
    06/27/2017 / 9:33 AM

    Go check out an app called Relisten.  It’s an app where tapers post all kinds of shows.  I dig it.

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