Grateful Dead

November 17 - November 23, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

As we mentioned last week, we’re going to stay in 1972 and 1973 this week here at the Tapers’ Section, but hold onto your hats, as we have some great material from those two mighty fine years.

First up is music from 11/18/72 in Houston, Texas, with this exceptional Playing In The Band. I’ve said it before and will say it again, this is one of my favourite versions, of one of my favourite songs, so it’s a real pleasure to share it here. It may have made an appearance here at the Tapers’ Section in the past, but it’s never bad to get a refresher on great music.

At the same venue in Houston the very next night, 11/19/72, we have the nice big second set jam featuring Dark Star>Weather Report Suite Prelude>Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo. These early WRS Preludes would occasionally pop into jams from about 1971 onward, until Bobby would join the prelude to Part 1 and Let It Grow in August/September 1973.

Next we have another of the finest jams of 1973, the magnificent Playing In The Band>Uncle John’s Band>Morning Dew>Uncle John’s Band>Playing In The Band sandwich from 11/17/73 at UCLA. This was the second of the three versions of this jam played (the others being 11/10/73 and 3/23/74), and some consider it the best, although all three are very special.

Lastly we have ANOTHER outstanding late 1973 jam featuring Mississippi Half Step>Playing In The Band>El Paso>Playing In The Band>Wharf Rat>Playing In The Band>Morning Dew. This and the previous selection from 11/17/73 demonstrate why I consistently call the two month period spanning 10/19/73 to 12/19/73 the greatest two month stretch in the Grateful Dead’s performing history.

Next week we’ll have music from 1973, 1979 and 1980, so don’t be late: same time, same place. See you then, we hope.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Nov 16 2013
I second that! Althought I

What a brilliant song is Wharf Rat - I guess quite a few of us can identify with its sentiments

I second that! Althought I like "Touch of Grey", "Truckin'" and
"Sugar Magnolia" best! They are my all time fav, from all their albums.
Man, everytime I hear those albums I think about how fresh and sweet are the songs.. Everytime seems like the first time, so good!

- Dionisio Tolomei
Joined: Nov 23 2008
What a brilliant song is

What a brilliant song is Wharf Rat - I guess quite a few of us can identify with its sentiments

Joined: Jun 14 2007
Pauley Pavillion 11/17/73

barry e.lewin

This was during my second year of college at Occidental in L.A. I went to the show with 5 other people, many of whom I am still in touch with today. It was transcendent and memorable. I remember thinking we were in the arena where the UCLA basketball team was unbeaten for years on end. It was like the dead were that dominant and that impressive that night. The transitions between songs were amazing. They played a while and you would realize it sounded similar and sure enough they'd go back to an earlier song. A palindrome. Amazing. That night I learned you could be totally focussed on one part of the music or the music and be thinking about the most important things in life. From then on, life's problems and victories were identified and sorted out at the shows.

Thanks for listening.

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Keith ..

.. Just rocks in the last jam you post . .. in the band was definitely on experimental m ode in 63 . The dew is tremendously delightful

Top things please , once again in the week to come , Dave . You blew my mind this week . I didnt think you could top last weeks music . And you rightfully did ( :

- The only good head is a deadhead -

Joined: Jun 4 2007
is it time to end the taper's section for a while?

How nasty to see the language on this week's postings. It makes me so sad. How I wish to go back to the days where people used to treat each other nicely and be respectful...Ok, I knocked the Cubs one time but that's just baseball (all's fair in love and war).

Thanks DL for all the fine nuggets and your sincere dedication to bring us such fine treats. I for one am thankful.

Joined: Nov 10 2008
no bad vibes

Dont knock the host dude.Its all relative.Close your eyes and listen to the music play

Joined: Jul 19 2007
David - Here is another Fan

As much fun as it seems it would be to have your job, it is crazy to see that there is criticism of the fine work that you do. To do all that work with the Grateful Dead family's happiness in mind and hear such nonsense is saddening. I pray that you continue to bring the best material out for this blessing of a section. Every morning at 7am I am thrilled to start my drive to the "history lesson" you provide and I can honestly say that having the sense of community each and every morning without fail is like having a family member looking out for my good mood to start the day off right.

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Joined: Aug 11 2008
love these selections

thanks david
i love the musicial meltdowns
don't care which song they
are playing when they meltdown
love these selections

---'never prank a truster'----

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
This music is just so cool!

All of the above...
such phenomenal jams
truly amazing
Thanks again David!

"Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams to another land"
Robert Hunter
"Ray, a drop of golden sun"

Joined: Jun 9 2007
Peak performance years

Better than the May 77 run?

And the road goes on forever....


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