November 17 - November 23, 2008
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.
Some real dynamite this week. I agree, no reason to complain about free music (and I'd still welcome the chance to buy it). The 11/18 Playin' is phenomenal and bears repeating. The other selections make wonderful listening. These jams are what keep me listening after all these years.
what a great selection
and the PITB war is just tooo funny
some folks look for reason
others look for fight
again thanks and this year jams to an end
PLEASE DAVID consider the nassau january 79 dark star st stephen
there must be a PITB one of those nights hehehehe
let there be songs to fill everywhere
Thanks for posting this one. This show start to finish is one of the best and most interesting they played (IMHO) and I'd love to see it as an official release. Was supposed to be a double bill with the Allman Bros but instead was dedicated to the memory of Berry Oakley who died shortly before.
I first got a cassette of the show in the early '80s and it included a tuning version of Dixie prior to Dark Star that is missing on the current circulating copy. Would love to see that reunited, it really set the mood. While not as crisp as the circulating archive version, the cassette version also lacked the couple of small cuts in Box and, I believe, Birdsong.
THANKS DAVID, KEEP IT COMING!!!
hey david, this falls right in the middle of your all time greatest two month stretch in the Grateful Dead’s performing history, not to mention it's my 1st show..Mcgaw Hall 11-1-73. how about taste next week, as long as your gonna be there still!
from the setlist on this site
or, from the set list on deadlists.com which i think is more accurate,
PITB > UJ B> PITB
either way can't go wrong with a "73 Playing
peace and thanks for the tunes
It said in the middle of last week's offering that there would be two "Keep Your Day Jobs" this week. What happened? Was that sarcasm? I always thought it was a rocking song, and as one of those who always had a day job, I could never understand a bunch of us whiney deadheads (and we can be a whiney lot, no sarcasm, just look at the posts on this site every week) pissing and moaning about it so much that the band actually dropped it. Keep up the good work. I'll listen to anything y'all put out there. For crying out loud, it's free! And to all my fellow whiners -- lighten up or find something that really needs whining about, like W or the wars or the economy. Peace.
Just curious what Grateful Bob would play if he was in charge? David thanks for the music every week.
Again, if I had a vote, I would rather see some other noncirculating show released, or at least one where a quality SBD does not circulate, rather than 11/17/73. An A SBD already circulates for this show. Join the vineyard and check out the Cream Filling vine if you want the show, as well as 11/14 and 11/20.
I agree with David regarding Oct-Dec 73 being one of the great periods in Dead musical history.
lets be honest here, of course Donna's little screaming part does suck during playing in the band, but i personally listen to playing in the band for the kick ass jams, and this playing jam is kick ass, so i'll settle for 10 seconds of horrible donna for like 15-20 minutes of awesome mindless jamming.
2 new Morning Dews to listen to. NICE!
D A V I D ,, howdy do from oregon ... where the grass is kind and the Mts high ~
i dont own 2 much of 71, 72, 73 tapes,,, so, i do apperciate the Playin's and such..
there is a great Playing from a NYE show , the year "Tower of Power" opened up ,, Phil is all over the place , thumpin those deep dark tones...
one of the better Playins out there..
I do have that "sandwich" jam from UCLA,, classic music played there.. its amazing, in the middle of the Jam, they remember to go back and do whatever it is they are doing...
in the past few weeks, you have posted many of what you call the " sandwich" ..
its amazing how many times they Boyz did sandwich a song in between another sone :
El paso, Other 1, etc, etc
my 1st show was in 87,, and though i caught some fine music, the days of them making tasty psychedelic sandwichs were long gone,, so thanks for all the fine head food !! haha
still would lv to hear you post a sweet version of :
Lazy River Road, Days Between, Eyes of the maker ( jgb song ) , and more from 71 ~
stuff like that , I lv those later Jerry tunes,, they really say something to me ..
ok, surfs up aloha from Oregon ~
Josh E Bear !!