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: Jul 6 2007
Best Taper's section ever??!!

"On November 17th, 2008 BEGGERSPAY said:

I wish Dick was still alive. He had good taste and would not use his position to satisfy his own selfish taste. 25 PITB in 11 months. Time for a new host."

Good God. people...I hope that was sarcasm....this may be the most consistently fine chunk of music Taper's Section has seen...ever!!!

Thanks always!

"Those who refuse military service are the pioneers of a warless world."
--Albert Einstein

Joined: Jun 18 2007
thanks for the music!

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.

Joined: Jul 2 2007
PITB wars

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

Joined: Nov 17 2008
11-19-72 Hofheinz Pavilion

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.


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Joined: Jun 5 2007
never too many PITB's

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 which i think is more accurate,
either way can't go wrong with a "73 Playing
peace and thanks for the tunes

Joined: May 12 2008
day job

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.

Joined: Nov 21 2007
grateful bob

Just curious what Grateful Bob would play if he was in charge? David thanks for the music every week.

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Joined: Sep 10 2007

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.

Joined: Nov 17 2008
Grateful Bob

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!


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