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: Jun 10 2007
a little personal, isn't it?

ouch... to claim sarcasm after the fact, but to personally attack others as a defense for our own spontaneous and ill-considered sure takes some of the fun out of it all, doesn't it? my feelings were not hurt- but i am a little shocked at the caustic nature of that comment...

thanks for the defense, gr8fulted, and i'd be glad to leave coffee duties to you!

it is a wonderful thing that we get these tidbits each week and that it is important enough to the folks at that someone manage this feature.

i would like to, once again, thank david and apologize to him for having to slug thru these sorts of posts...


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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Best 2 months jamming?


Gotta disagree with you. Europe '72 has to take the biscuit for jamming intensity. '73 great & '74, but the exquisite savagery of Europe '72 is already starting to dissipate.

Where are the counterparts to, e.g. 4.8.72 - Dark Star > Sugar Mags > Caution? Or the epic Truckin's of Europe '72.

But bring it on. No such thing as too much GOGD. Though I would like to see here a few more tasty bits that don't circulate. Pretty please.

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Joined: Jul 19 2007
1972 rules!

I'm such a big fan of 72...I think it's the best year of the GD. I've said it a number of times. I really believe that a effort should have been attempted for 05/26/ truely is one of the best all time performances...however, I don't know how the reels are stored or if they're multi-track...I think betty C was running multi tracks but I"m not sure...

also , another great show that is underated is 04-29-72 hamburg, the performance is great and the aud source is beautiful ...the master would be 3 rd gen or so reel source you can tell the master is incredible....nice euro acoustics with the GD's PA can tell from the Bear aud's from 72 the PA sound was incredible, maybe the best it's ever been...although I don't know how the 74 wall of sound was, however, the vocal mics on the 74 were horrible to say the least...that design didn't work well..nice idea but didn't really work in the field well....

at least try to do some complete shows and if not put the damn out takes on the net for cheap download for us hardcores, please !!!!!

I wish that for just one time, You could stand inside my shoes, and for just that one moment, I could be you - Bob Dylan, Positively 4th St.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
No Dead wars

Geez didn't mean to start a Dead Playing in the Band War.....apologize to anyones hurt feelings...especially Carolines. Maybe I didn't have enough Dead !!!!.. or a fattie yet before posting.

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Golly gee whiz GB

I think Caroline's spontaneous humor was fun! I'm actually very good at making coffee, so the two of us would have to compete for making the next fresh pot. man gathers what another man spills...

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Joined: Sep 16 2008
Ice-Pedaled flowers revolving

Kieth's piano playing is just beautiful!! Thanks, Dave
"Negativity should be kept to one's self...."

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
This space is getting hot!


I can't believe people bitch about everything in here. Everyone who bitches in here sound like little kids.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007

we all wish dick was here be kind rewind NOW GO GET A JOB
cheer's steve

Joined: Sep 11 2007
Texas Nov-72 etc

I too am surprised there has been no vault release from the Texas shows Nov-72, especially Houston. Next week, watch for stuff from a great high energy four show tour in Nov. 1980 in the Southeast. This is some post-75-hiatus gold folks, a notch better than Radio City, Saenger, and Warfield shows, imo. Great vocal blends and song pacing, FINE integration of lively keyboard, and best SB-FOTM I ever experienced. We already have the Bird Song from 11-30, posted last year (thanks!). Need that Gainesville Bakedown-plus Dave, please.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Thank you Beggerspray

Thanks for the back-up, on tooo many Paying in the band's.....don't get all huffy & pissed off people, it is just a song. Making simple point. And then Caroline has to chime in with her stupid comment.


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