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
vault@dead.net

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hmmm...

...I wonder why the month of mid to late November is featured this week. Anyone care to venture a guess? Once again, thanks a lot for the tunes and Happy Spring to all!

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Delightful Stuff !

Yet *another* week without a "Wave to the Wind" or "Long Way to Go Home" ? *sigh*

How will I find the strength to carry on ? ;-)

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wow!

There will definately be repeated listening. Good stuff here.

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wow

absolutely primo, dave - thanks!

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Great picks, David

The Houston version of 'Tomorrow is Forever' is outstanding. I'm in full agreement with your "terrific" assessment of the fall '73 tour, too. Very nice hat trick this week!

lamagonzo (not verified)
Way to start the week DL

Can't help but feel we hear a lot of stuff here that will never be commercially released because of reel flips and such, so -- keep it up! Most of us love this era.

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woops

Usually the tune titles turn from maroon to blue and stay that way, but they aren't. They play though (it also helps when I turn the volume up a bit). As Bobby liked to say, belay that last comment. Woops.

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ouch

It's 6 a.m. and I was just sitting down for a little "get-ready-for-work" with the added Monday bonus of a new Tapers' Section, and nothing plays. Oh, the world of technology we live in. I know it will be fixed, but I'll just have to hit the archives for my morning dose of the Grateful Dead. Thanks, and ouch.

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This week's selections....

are just yummy! Just what I need to get psyched for my gig tonight! The Houston show was one of the first Dark Stars that took me over the edge..... A second set with a dark and inexplicable beauty.
Thanks, as always!

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