November 12 - November 18, 2007
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.
hmm i'll have to listen to it all again now i can't remember if chinacat was in nf or star, anybody? smokin' too much ......
surprised no one's commented on that yet unless i misst it but jerry duz a pithy chinacat jam in the middle of the nfa jam when was chinacat born before or after this show some sage?
Wonderful, wonderful stuff, the music of my young soul, when the band was young too.
I listen to my iPod on my way to work. Listening to the taper's section stuff used to make my day as I drove to work. Now I can't do that. Why? Why do you care if we are downloading this stuff instead of letting it stream? It doesn't make any sense at all. I seriously never have a chance to just sit at my computer and listen to streaming music, so I never get to hear this stuff anymore. It's a shame. By the way Yamadog, stop putting apostrophes where they don't belong. Thanks so much.
... with every previous poster that this is a highpoint TS, especially the stuff just after Keith joined the band. It is just so plainly obvious when this band was non-stop into the X-factor - to say a follow-up to DP2 would be fabulous would be understatement! 'Tis the season!
"From day to day, just lettin' it ride,
You get so far away from how it feels inside,
You can't let go, 'cause you're afraid to fall,
But the day may come when you can't feel at all."
Here are your Aiko's (on this here taper's section):
May 14 - May 20, 2007
April 2- April 8, 2007
On the St. Louis show it's part of an awesome St. Stephen>NFA sequence, one of the best.
*edit* I meant to post," now where is Aiko Aiko if you PLEASE?"
round and round
pretty damn good!
now where is Aiko Aiko?
round and round
if I can call you that. The NFA/ GDTRFB/ NFA jam from this weeks selection 11/15/71 in Austin, is just some of the best Dead I have heard, all segments of the band are right on.
I have been on board the Bus since 1984, and rarely is there a day I ont listen to a whole show or two. I have never really looked at much of the pre 1976 Dead, because alot of it was just mindless jamming, good stuff in its way, but I always liked to hear the Boys trying to work it to those ultimate heights. I got most of the more celebrated stuff, like 150 shows. About half of which I think is awesome Dead.
I know sacrireligious, how dare I say anything bad about them, but hey, they were exploring new realms of music and altered states of being, thinking , and avenues of music. Like alot of Miles Davis's stuff in the late 1960's and on. To some good stuff, but to others nothing compared to his Coltrane collaboration work
But hearing this Austin Jam, might change my tune completely, just friggin' fantastic stuff, mind blowing
So I will go down to my nearest Pub in Lincolnshire UK, and drink a fine pint to you, and go to the archive and jam away.
luvin the second choice that leads up to Casey Jones. most excelente!!!