Grateful Dead

November 16 - November 22, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week, like last week, we'll immerse ourselves in Grateful Dead music from 1971 and 1972. It's odd how it happens like this, where we'll have a few weeks of 1980s music, then a few weeks of 1970s music. Regardless, there's loads of good stuff in the vault, so we expect we'll keep hopping around forever like this.

Our first selection is from Austin, TX on 11/15/71. We have played you the big second set piece from this show before, which oddly consisted of NFA>GDTRFB>NFA, albeit one of the finest renditions of that medley in the band's history, but the really big jam from this concert occurred, equally oddly, in the first set, Dark Star>El Paso>Jam>Casey Jones. Definitely different to find a first set Dark Star, but it works well attached to a couple of first set tunes.

From a shade over a year later, on 11/17/72 in Wichita, we have the big second set sequence of Truckin'>Drums>The Other One, Brokedown Palace. This is one of the most powerful Other Ones in a year of many very fine Other Ones. They get deep without getting unfocused.

Lastly this week is another Fall 1972 second set jam centered around The Other One, this one from 11/22/72, also in Autsin, TX, like our first selection this week. This jam consists of He's Gone>Truckin'>The Other One>Bass Solo>Jam>The Other One>Stella Blue. . Yes, another Truckin'>Other One, but if you compare it to the previous jam from five nights earlier, you'll really hear how different Grateful Dead shows could be.

Next week we have music from 1973, 1979 and 1980, so be sure to stop back and check it out. As always, we encourage you to write with questions and comments about the Tapers' Section, or anything else. The e-mail address below should find me.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Nov 20 2009
Tapers Section

Hey Now! Love it!! Saw the Dead last night in Fairfax CA.................Miss Jerry big time and Bobby is now Bob but Phil still ROCKS

Joined: Sep 11 2007
Houston 11-18 '72

Hello David, GREAT streams recently from '71 and '72, the apex as I like to call it. On sat radio I heard you spinning Playing from 11-18-72, which to my 19 year old years some 30 years ago sounded quite stunning, hands down a top 25 show (or cassette, anyway). Is there a chance that a very hi-fi vault release could happen with 11-18 or one of these other fantastic nights from that tour? And why nothing yet though so much Sept-72 cranked out? Seems at least as good. Did Dick favor any? thanks

Joined: Nov 14 2009

love all this blend of groovy earthy good time music and cosmic cruising from space port to space port!!!!!!!! i love it!!

Joined: Apr 17 2008

The jam out of El Paso just bursts out of the ethereal! Awesome! Quite a surprise.

......And there were days I know when all we ever wanted was to learn and love and grow.

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Joined: Jul 4 2007
Dark Star

Yet another Dark Star from Heaven, thank you.

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
especially grateful

I'll never tire of He's Gone > Truckin' > TOO jams, especially those from early 70's. Thank you for plundering the Vault for us week after glorious week!

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Joined: Aug 13 2007
Tapers Section,,,

WOW, I just (11/16/09) discovered we/I can listen to jam here! So wish I had known, been coming to this site for years. Gotta lot of catching up to do.

Joined: Aug 16 2007
Texas Swing!

Grateful Dead-style. My favorite kind.
These last two weeks at the Tapers Section have been particularly sweet.

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Joined: May 26 2007

should be straightened out now.

Joined: Jun 25 2007

What a monster sequence!! The whole jam is incredible, but the transition from Dark Star right into El Paso is simply stunning. Typically great extended jams for the period. The jam out of El Paso is a mind-blower. At time it sounds like the Phil & Jerry show. WOW the bombs Phil's dropping are maxing out my headphones!!

Thank you Mr. Lemieux for these weekly gems!


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