Grateful Dead

February 4 - February 10, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week, rather than focus on one year in the Grateful Dead's recorded history as we've been doing the past few weeks, we're going to take a look at a very important seven night run of shows from 1972. Specifically, we'll be listening to the Academy of Music shows from March, which took place immediately prior to the Europe '72 tour, and featured a good taste of what was to come on the 22 show tour of Europe.

From 3/22/72, we'll start our examination of the Academy run with the big second set jam of Sugar Magnolia>Caution>Jam>Uncle John's Band. The jam has an interesting, country/Bobby McGee feel to it, and yet it is completely unique. Caution was making its reappearance in the repertoire after an absence of about a year, and although this version is outstanding, the Europe renditions were exceptional. Check out the one on Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead from 4/8/72 for proof of that.

From the very next show, on 3/23/72, we have a rare stand-alone Dark Star. With the master reel running out just as the song was wrapping up, it is a good coincidence that the band ended the song just as the reel of tape ended. It's a pretty darn fine Dark Star, too.

On 3/25/72, the Grateful Dead performed a very rare event: acting as back-up band to a legend, Bo Diddley. Plenty of great music from that set was included on Dick's Picks Vol. 30, and from the Dead's own set later that night, we have this incredible Smokestack Lightning, which had returned to the repertoire in December, 1971 with the return of Pigpen, and this would prove to be the final Pigpen-sung Smokestack Lightning. Bobby would bring the song back in the 1980s.

From the penultimate show of the run, we have another taste of Pigpen, specifically this excellent Good Lovin' from 3/27/72. With apologies to the Taper's Section reader who simply requested “no more Good Lovin's!!!”, we just couldn't resist playing this for you.

Finally, a couple of songs from the final show of the run, Playing In The Band and You Win Again. Both of these songs would be central tunes in the first sets of most of the Europe '72 shows, and these two renditions are certainly worthy companion pieces to the versions played overseas.

Thanks, as always, for checking, and we'll look forward to seeing you next Monday.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Is this stuff from the

Is this stuff from the Academy bonus CD (ex. Dark Star and the Sugar Mags > Caution > UJB)?

Also is the Smokestack from DP30?

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Academy Bonus

Why not simply re-release the Academy Bonus CD ???

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

This is 1972, I don't think "junked out" applies to Jerry quite just yet..

Joined: Sep 4 2007
March 1972

This is quite fine . tremendous effort to do this Monday after monday in behalf of D Lemieux

Great moment of 1972 to discover great music


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Joined: Jul 20 2007
Hey jamiers

Donna must of been having a really bad day ....I usually like Donna, but that Playing in the Band COME ON :/

Joined: Feb 10 2008
Common Complaint

I've heard this before - I heard it again here and I just simply don't get it..."I don't like Donnnnnnnaaaaaa....she RUINS playin' in the band....I don't like iiiiiitttttt....she ruuuuuinns therefore I don't liiiike playin the band because donna ruins it"

This just makes NO sense to me. Regardless if one likes or dislikes her, Playin' in the Band has so very tiny little to nothing if ANYTHING to do w/ Donna (accept as a life perserver at the end perhaps - a whole other story altogether) but to get hung up on 12 seconds of donna and negate 9 - 45 minutes of crazy exploration and often times PEAK Dead experience...I simply don't get. It's throwing the baby out w/ the bathwater...

It's like a football fan saying "I don't like going to the playoffs and the Superbowls....that little gate that you have to go through the slaps you in the thigh and almost hits you're private parts...I don't liiiiiiiike I don't like the Super Bowls and Playoff games....cause of the gate...."

I uh...don't understand....

Joined: Jun 25 2007
A Vintage year!

Ah...'72. A fine year... a vintage year. Good shtuph! I love the earlier years of the Dead.

Joined: Jun 22 2007
A lost tune

Would anyone know a tune, I heard Hunter do it in the summer/fall of 1977/78 (in San Fran and again in Philly) that had the lyrics: ...let me go, down into the valley.... That's what I remember, he was playing with a band at the time. The Dead were playing Englishtown, NJ, if that helps. If anyone knows anything, much appreciated.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
David..Any Jobs?


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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Help with the Vibe.

So Nice Smokestack Lightning. I do love the tapers section....but I still can wait for Mondays. It chills me to think about it. Yes I need to find something else to do for a living. I think that answer the question. Thank you RambleOnRina.
Wish me luck..I really want to find something I like to do.


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