Grateful Dead

November 12 - November 18, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we have some terrific jams from 1971 and 1972, some great examples of what made these two years so highly regarded amongst Dead Heads.

Our first segment today is one of my favourite pieces of music from 1971, and is a good piece to get people hooked on what makes the Grateful Dead so darn interesting. From 11/15/71 in Austin, Texas, we have the show-closing sequence of Not Fade Away>Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>Not Fade Away. Straightforward enough, right? Well, check out this jam between Not Fade and GDTRFB. It is relentlessly powerful, and demonstrates how the Dead could take the simplest song structure, Not Fade Away, and create a completely unique jam that explores some amazing spaces, before dropping perfectly into GDTRFB. Stunning stuff. Really one of the best jams of its kind.

Also from that same show on 11/15/71, we have the big jam of the night, Dark Star>El Paso>Dark Star>Casey Jones. This was a rare show in which the major jam was in the first set. Aside from the NFA>GDTRFB>NFA played above (which was, of course, a major jam in its own right), the second set this night did not feature a typical big jam. But, the first's more than made up for that.

While we're in mid-November, let's stop into a day before the above-heard tracks, to 11/14/71 in Fort Worth, Texas. As 11/15 got the Dark Star, you could be pretty sure what they played on 11/14, and if you guessed an Other One jam, you'd be correct. From 11/14/71, we are very pleased to play this outstanding Truckin'>The Other One>Me and My Uncle>Other One. If you enjoyed this one, be sure to check in next week for one of the finest Truckin'>Other Ones from 1972, a year with plenty of great Other Ones.

For our penultimate selection this week, we have a simply stunning Playing In The Band from 11/15/72 in Oklahoma City. Virtually every single Playing In The Band from the second half of 1972 was extraordinary, and this one was no exception. There was a great rendition played a few nights later on 11/18/72, which we played here a couple of months ago, but you really can't go wrong with a late 1972 Playing In The Band.

Lastly this week, we have the set-closing sequence from 11/17/73 at UCLA, featuring Eyes of the World>Sugar Magnolia. Of course, earlier in this set was one of the finest musical sandwiches ever played, and it's amazing to think they still had enough energy and inspiration to end the proceedings with this jam.

Not a bad week, if I do say so myself: a Dark Star, Eyes, Playing, Other One and a killer jam from 1971.

Be sure to check in next week for more great music. As always, we welcome and encourage your input, suggestions, questions and comments. Please send them to the email address below.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Great TS last handful of weeks!! Thank you.

Just great stuff and we love it so so much. As Im sure many of us are, we are stoked about the upcoming rumored and somewhat officially stated releases. I'm hoping this will the golden age of Greatful Deading.

As always, time and time again, thanks David.

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that's why if you please ....

beenwaytoolongatsea

everyone i am very very sorry for my out of line comments mayre is working with me now to take the comment down it will be down shortly i overzealously self-expressed in a unmindful manner and i mean no harm and i love the dead

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donna bashing

I, for one, prefer a shrieking donna over an off key brent any day. I love their pre-brent material over the '80's and '90's material. I've been a dead fan for 37 years, and might be a bit old fashioned. But it seems to me that on some of the brent era material, he was covering for jerry because jerry's vocals were pretty weak. Might have been during the heavy h----- days. That's just my opinion. Long live the music.

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Musicianship

Obviously our friend "bwtl@c" is not a pro musicman, performer, listener, or otherwise. Best of luck to him and his convictions but we know how difficult it is to rock every show. Shit! I'm not great every day at my job either but "when we shine it's awesome!" So I wish I could download and bask in his flawless intonation on a site like archive.org but he has yet provide me with his bands' name. And if he is a stockbroker... give us your flawless picks! Jerry blew a few too, but he gave us all he had. So rather than Donna-bash why shouldn't we all work on givin just alil bit more. We've got it in us. FYI you don't have to listen.

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sorry, beenwaytoolongatsea, ...

but, for the most part, i agree with your summary of donna. i don't think i would have couched my opinions in such terms, but i do think she added little to the gd aura of sound. i was watching a gd dvd a while back and thought she sounded somewhat flat, musically speaking. however, sometimes she complimented bob's voice quite well. perhaps she oversang somewhat. but she definitely doesn't spoil my listening experience. at least until she goes postal during some versions of "playing in the band."

just my 2 cents. feel free to disagree. i don't mind.

of course, there are plenty of times when jerry's guitar/vocals make me wince. 'specially the '80's and '90's stuff. but what can you do? and brent's very of-the-time keyboards are sometimes kinda "off".

but i still listen.

peace, y'all.

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Vision changes

Just goes to show that people use the first Dead they heard as the yardstick. For me it was the early 70's band and spin offs. Probably because that is the period of life when music can take a huge chunk of your time and energy we all know it best. I still know where the scratches in my records and the squeaks in my 8-tracks are.

Kinda wandered through the '80s and 90's when it seemed like they were less consistant then previously and the song writing took a major turn.

But reading other posters, Maybe I should have been paying closer attention. There sure seems to be a lot of Brent Fans.

I do prefer a 35 minute "Mindless jam" over just about anything else in the world though.

"There are 2 kinds of people in the world. Those whose lives have a soundtrack and those lives do not. I have always found that interesting people come supplied with music."

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Hey Teedawg

Just saw what you wrote...."I have never really looked at much of the pre 1976 Dead, because a lot of it was just mindless jamming".

Wow! It's exactly that "mindless jamming" that's kept me going for nearly 40 years. In fact I rarely listen to too much after 74 for the reason that it became less exciting for me thereafter. Just shows what a broad church this Grateful Dead thing is. But I respect your opinion and would highly recommend that, on the back of your appreciation of this week's selections, you check out some other wonderful pre-76 stuff (too numerous to list here). I'm sure you must have Steppin' Out but, if not, go straight to discs 3 and 4 (do not pass "Go", do not collect £200, and certainly do not step on tracks) and check out the blissful music from 1972. Also the Hollywood Palladium stuff on DP35, or the BCT shows from Aug 71. And I haven't even started on 69 or 73 yet!

Lincolnshire, eh? I'm in Warwickshire. Maybe I should drop by with a selection to whet your appetite?

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don't forget

In the interest of other peoples movies, please watch your free-associations/ranting/ravings; 'One man gathers what another man spills'.

Peace sisters and brothers.

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watch yer language

Hey now 'beenwaytoolongatsea':

I respect your opinion, (actually look at 7-8-78 for some buzzkilling Donna squelches) but please for the sake of everyone else here: watch your language a bit. Kind of unpleasant. Also, rememember 'one man's trash, is another man's treasure'...

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Hey been,

Having seen the Dead with and without Donna as well as a bunch of Keith and Donna band shows plus Gracia band shows, I really need to fault you on your rabid hatred of Donna.

Of all of the memories I have of attending these shows, not one of them was "Cackling Witch" If you don't like the tunes, that's fine but if you don't know the woman and have never seen the bands she is in, be kind.

"There are 2 kinds of people in the world. Those whose lives have a soundtrack and those lives do not. I have always found that interesting people come supplied with music."

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