Grateful Dead

April 18 - April 24, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

And a hearty welcome-back to the Tapers' Section! This week we're going to stick to a two year period in Grateful Dead history, 1972-1974.

Our first selection this week is from 9/15/72 at the Boston Music Hall, the first of two nights in Boston. These shows were originally scheduled to be at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY, but the town decided to not allow the shows to take place, so they were rescheduled for the Music Hall. From this fine show we have He's Gone, Me and My Uncle, Bird Song, Mexicali, Ramble On Rose. The head of He's Gone is missing from the master reel. A very, very nice Ramble On Rose here.

Next is music from 9/23/72 in Waterbury, CT, where we have Baby Blue, Cryptical Envelopment>Drums>Other One>Wharf Rat, BIODTL, Ramble On Rose. This is the first Cryptical in almost a year, and a last for 13 years, when it was brought back to life briefly in 1985. This one is a little rough around the edges, but it's followed by a typically hot, way-out-there Other One and beautiful Wharf Rat.

Lastly this week is a nice, deep, spacey Playing In The Band from 9/18/74 in Dijon, France as part of the Europe '74 tour. If you like this later era Wall Of Sound music, we encourage you to check out Dick's Picks Vol. 7 from earlier on this same tour, in London. There are some mighty fine moments on that release.

We'll look forward to seeing you next week right here at the Tapers' Section, where we'll have loads of great music from the Grateful Dead's vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Playing in the Band

Very Planetary version of the above... Very good!

Now go feed those hogs before they worry themselves into anemia

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Now go feed those hogs

Now go feed those hogs before they worry themselves into anemia

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Reliving the history here

Reliving the history here is simply amazing. Thank you so much for sharing these great tracks with us as well as providing all of these details that most probably didn't know or have forgotten.

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Marin

8/27/72 Birdsong is so awesome! Thanks for that. I still have to love 2/28/86 with Jerry and John best though. But not really fair to compare the duo to the band.

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waterbury

EPIC

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Baby Blue

Yeah, it's wild to hear the '72 Jerry sound launching into the solo here.... Cool how this song turned up in a few different eras, but always with the (atypically) same arrangement ~ so that one needs to listen for more subtle period characteristics. Well, unless we're talking 5-31-69, in which case the spirited vocals are a peak moment unto themselves.

Always wanted to hear this Cryptical, never got around to seeking it out, thanks David : ) Funny how rusty they are on it by then; the 3-23-72 Academy of Music Dark Star, too, gets a little out of the lines when they try to actually end it in the vintage manner (with Phil singing "Niightfall...", etc.), which I don't think they'd tried in awhile and not sure they ever did again (?) VERY cool of Jerry to just go for Baby Blue & Cryptical, though, the same night here ~ with the words of neither at his command, but the chutzpah to go for it....

Stolzfus, yes, 8-27's Bird Song is one of the great ones. The second set/disc of that show is my favorite of that night.

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I haven't listened to the

I haven't listened to the clips but I can't believe no one has pointed out that only 3 tracks from 9/15/72 circulate on SBD. Only 8 tracks (albeit the meat of the show, including Dark Star) circulate from the next night, 9/16/72. September 72 is one of the great months in GD history. Here are 2 shows that don't circulate anywhere near their entirety in SBD. Its a no-brainer, isn't it?

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9/18/74

The Playin' from this show is one of the best ever, imo.

How about releasing it?

So many candidates for release.

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BIRDSONG

those 71, 72, 73 Birdsongs are awesome.

Ever heard 8/27/72's Birdsong?????

Later, they should have played it in the second set from time to time.

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Thanks. Monday sucks less now.

Oh man. That Waterbury show is so groovy. Nice picks all around.

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