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


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
other sandwiches i like

Great choices this week !!

The 11/17/73 UCLA show has always been one of my favorites.

If you like the big Playin' In the Band sandwiches check these out:

10/18/72 St.Louis:

Playin' In the Band>Drums>Dark Star>Morning Dew>Playin' In the Band

11/21/73 Denver (perfect timing for next week...):

Playin>El Paso>Playin>Wharf Rat>Playin

If you have not heard these, it is well worth the time spent tracking them down. Drop me a PM if you need and we'll get you hooked up.

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Nice Picks

Its a stormy monday in the northwest but its warm inside and the jams are awesome. Really like the transition between Dark Star>ElPaso amazing how early in the jam you can hear little hints of ElPaso. Very cool picks this week love 72 and the years surrounding it I also liked the idea jillybean had about buying them that would be cool. Thank you David.

Joined: Jun 10 2007
'tis the season

november is the month for thanksgiving- and i give thanks to you, david! great picks again-
i'm grateful- thank you!

Joined: Jun 9 2007

Thanks for the amazing jams today...
I like Jill's idea!

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Joined: May 26 2007

we think that link is fixed now, but if you're hearing something different, please speak up. Thanks!

Joined: Aug 16 2007
All Aboard!

Did it get better than this?
Only perhaps where the next week was concerned.
Next stops: Houston, Austin and Dallas and San Antonio, where they top the tour off with a wonderful Dark Star.
Can't wait. And just in time for Thanksgiving, which fell on the 23'rd, and right in the middle of this tour, in '72.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Reply to Hey Just Wondering ...

I see it as 96 kbps sampled at 44 kHz

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Hey just wondering, what is

Hey just wondering, what is the kbps of the tapers section tracks since the switch to streaming audio

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Ditto above

Killer NFA sequence. The Eyes snippet does initiate the Not Fade piece, in both quicktime and Windows Media.
Gr8ful for the tunes


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