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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josh e bear's picture
Joined: Feb 29 2008
..others look for kites...

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 !!

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
free music!

What a fine week of FREE MUSIC.
It's all free all the time.Why the complaining?These '73 jams are just fantastic!
Honest dissent is fine- just don't whine.One can always hit the off switch,no?
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux,
shwack in nh

Joined: Jun 10 2007
i'm with gr8fulTed!

hey, ted- we can split the 'workload,' don't you think? when i win the lottery, i will volunteer to be david's assistant- i'll fetch coffee and mess with the volume knobs! you can talk tech and history!!


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Joined: Jul 9 2007
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Hey now!

I appreciate the variety of releases provided by David. We've got a good thing going...

Regarding Bob's post above, Donna took maternity leave after the Tempe gig and was absent from the December 1973 tour stops: I enjoyed her on-stage performance and miss seeing her weave and dance. Reliable wireless earpieces hadn't been invented yet....?? Maybe Dan Healey or John Cutler can pipe in on stage equipment vintage 1973.

Joined: Aug 16 2007
I'm down w/ Frozen Ham on this one

The End of '72 (start with the August BCT shows) has to be included in any discussion of a peak performing period. This Texas run is certainly proof of that. Love this Houston Dark Star-never heard it before.

BEGGERSPAY's picture
Joined: Nov 14 2007

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.

Joined: Jun 10 2007
next year, for my birthday--

david, if you please-- can we get an all-PITB taper's section? it would be great!
nothing is quite so polarizing as PITB... i love it all-

thanks for the tunes!

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
amazing jams

I'm enthralled by this week's selections. Thank you! And thanks to Lucab12 up above for tracking down the source of the last jam.

Regarding WRS Preludes, on DP36 (9/21/72) you can hear Bobby tuning up before a song playing WRS Prelude Part I. I can't remember where exactly, gonna have to give it another listen, but it's in there. That's the earliest I can recollect ever hearing him play that sweet guitar line.

Joined: Jun 6 2007

When oh when are you going to release the whole Pauley show?

cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007

I'm with DL on this one, Bob - we need to hear ALL of 'em!!!!!!!!!


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