Grateful Dead

April 4 - April 10, 2011

Tapers Section By David LemieuxWelcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll listen to music from a 12 month-plus-a-week span between November, 1972 and November, 1973.

Our first stop this week is on 11/14/72 at the Oklahoma City Music Hall, where we have the big second set jam consisting of He'sGone>Truckin'>Jam>Other One>Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones, Uncle John's, OMSN. There are a couple of tape cuts due to reel flips, but it's mostly all here, and really good. It's hard to argue with the statement that 1972 was the Grateful Dead's most consistently great year, from the March run in New York and, of course, the Europe '72 tour, through the sporadic summer shows, into the excellent of August through December. This is truly music we never tire of here at the Tapers' Section.

In fact, we like 1972 so much, we now have a nice batch of tunes from a few days later, consisting of Ditty, Tomorrow is Forever, Big River, China>Rider, Playing, Casey Jones, SET 2- Promised, Ramble On, El Paso, Stella, Jack Straw recorded on 11/19/72 in Houston.

Lastly this week, from a year later on 11/23/73 also in Texas, this time in El Paso, we have Jack Straw, China>Rider, El Paso, Tennessee Jed. This is part of a terrific tour that ran 10/19/73 through 12/19/73 with a few short breaks between legs of the tour.

Be sure to check back next week, and as always, we encourage you to write to us with questions or comments.

David Lemieux


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shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
The Real Goo

Hey Man,
Some stunning picks this week,DL.
That Jam> Other one from Oklahoma city is the real goo!
Got my weekly 2nd set freak out on that stuff
I always enjoy the hiss from these reels of this Era.
A mark of authenticity;Genuine
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Jun 5 2007

These shows are just "in the pocket," WOW!

And THANKS for sharing the music!

and maybe we need an official release from Fall 1972 soon?

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Dead's Country

Never heard a Tomorrow is Forever...quite a treat. Thanks. A lot like those other early 70s Race is On and You Ain't Woman Enough! So rad.

Joined: Aug 31 2009
such innovation!

in the middle of transition from Truckin to TOO... wow, i've heard many awesome '72 transitions for these two, and maybe i just haven't heard one in a while, but this transition is immensely innovative on Jerry's behalf!!!

enjoying this week's treats so very much David, THANK YOU!

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Joined: Feb 2 2011
74 TIF

the 10/19/74 version is included in the old unimproved dead movie soundtrack 5-CD set that came out about 5 years ago

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
It didn't take forever to listen to 10 Tomorrows

Detroit's Ford Theater on 10/30/72 has a very good audience recording of Donna & Jerry's duet,
Tomorrow is Forever. I really like Columbus Vet's Memorial soundboard 10/27/72. My fav tho is the Winterland 12/11/72: Keith's piano work seems more vivid. I can't believe it, but my cd's and 2 hard drives don't have 10/19/74: maybe the new improved Dead movie, on 4/20, will feature Tomorrow is Forever ??

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Tomorrow Is Forever

while it is well-played, this version seems rushed - Jerry and Donna are singing it as slowly as the 10-19-74 version, but the music seems to be too speedy...just my opinion, of course, but I think the 74 version can't be beat...

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Joined: Feb 2 2011
hoffienze pav

yep i have a couple cassettes from 11-19-72 which i obtained back in highschool

that along with 9/28 were my first tastes of 72 (yes even before i had any of the europe 72 album), hey... bootlegs were alot cheaper than triple albums

and that tomorrow is forever is so good (much better than the 10/74 version although it certainly made sense for them to give that tune a spin for the "last shows" run) that i wonder why it wasnt played more, donna and jerry's harmonies were right on

and of course that show had some big jams

when i get home from work... i'll find out if the china/rider has the same nasty cut thats on my tape

those other two look fantastic and i might just have to tape them (yes i mean tape)

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Keith's keys

During the Other One, it sounds like Keith is using an envelope filter, later made famous by Jerry during Estimated Prophet, Fire on the Mountain, Shakedown Street...who knew?!?

Joined: Apr 10 2008
into '73

Wow!........ Jerry with "Wish I was a Headlight....." I'm really enjoying this.


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