Grateful Dead

December 1 - December 7, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome to the start of our December run of great Grateful Dead music here at the Tapers’ Section. This week we have a couple of huge jams from 1971, plus some tasty material from 1973 and 1979.

Our first stop this week is at the Felt Forum in New York City, which is now known as the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, located on the ground floor of MSG, with the ice surface and basketball court a few stories above. From 12/4/71, we have the very unique jam featuring Me and My Uncle>The Other One>Jam>Mexicali Blues>Wharf Rat. What makes this jam so intriguing is that by late 1971, it was quite common to hear The Other One split by a cowboy song (the most common example of which was The Other One>Me and My Uncle>The Other One), whereas this version of the jam features two cowboy tunes sandwiching an Other One. Neato.

Next up, from the next night at the same venue, on 12/5/71, we have another stellar jam, this one featuring Dark Star Jam>Me and My Uncle>Dark Star Jam>Sitting On Top Of The World. By this time, Keith had already fully integrated himself into the band and was an essential part of the sound that would continue through the next few years. Add to this the return of Pigpen to the touring band, and you have a remarkably dynamic band.

From the middle night of the magical three night run at the Boston Music Hall on the Fall Tour of 1973, we have a quintet of tunes, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Big River, Brokedown Palace, Weather Report Suite from 12/1/73. WRS would be played at all three of these concerts, and all were exceptional.

Finally this week we jump forward to 1979, to 12/3/79 in Chicago. This very unique post-Drums sequence that ends the concert features Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Wharf Rat>Truckin’, with the latter tune being a very rare way to end a show in 1979.

Be sure to check back next week for some exceptional music from 1969 through 1979. It’s always great to see you here at the Tapers’ Section.

David Lemieux


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craig maceachern 2 dustyrose's picture
Joined: Jun 26 2007
boston music hall 12/1/73

damn i was at that run of shows. it's truly wonderful to hear it again

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Joined: Dec 25 2007
Great Transitions!!

Wow!! The movement between Me and My Uncle and the Other One is killer. I especially love Billy's percussion work when the intor to TOO is extended. Thanks for another great jam. Keep up the great work!!

Joined: Aug 16 2007
Lost Sailor

This performance of 'Lost Sailor' immediately grabbed me. The tempo is at least a half click slower than usual (isn't it?), and sounds great! Maybe this was the right tempo for the song all along. Jerry's licks are tasty, and the band in general doesn't sound like they're rushing through it.

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Joined: Sep 25 2008
((((((((Right on)))))))

I love the Music Hall run and to hear more from that historic run is a treat. You have to say it featured some of Keith's best playing with the band.
Thanks DL

Joined: Sep 4 2007
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great entries . Especially the Mexicali emerging from a jam in felt f 71 . I love mexicali b s in 71

Joined: Oct 25 2007
Two Wharf Rats!

Thanks for another great selection David!
I whole-heartedly agree with the canyon critter; it's fantastic to see what they all did with a tune over the span of a few years! I've seen no complaints on the two wharf rats however. :-) Daddy Likey!
See ya'll again next week I reckon!

Joined: Aug 16 2007
Like the wild geese in the west,.... mind's been wanderin' and wonderin':
Will next week bring us the brilliant 12.11.72 Dark Star> Stella Blue?

Joined: Aug 18 2008

Last 'lil nugget in the section... Saint of Circumstance into Wharf Rat?

My God... Waiting for TV to show on has NEVER been so entertaining! Freakin' amazin' tunage!!!

- delaney
* Sure, sure don't know what I'm going for!

"Don't be afraid to try something new.
Remember, a lone ameuter built the Arc.
A group of professionals built the Titanic."

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Joined: Sep 16 2008
20 square miles surrounded by reality

You're lost sailor
You've been way too long at sea
Now the shore-lights beckon
Yeah there's a price for being free

Drifting yeah drifting
Yeah drifting and dreaming

Madison, WI

Joined: Jun 20 2007
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got windows vista been gone for a while need help downloading from tapersection again please help mtgdeadhead i remember the the gratefuldays thanks too my big sister god love her


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