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
vault@dead.net

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Sweet '72 and '73

Nice selection! Thanks, David.

There is something very...hmmm... warm and comforting about the fall '73 tour. The deep space explorations during this time are very deep and sometimes scary. One could probably move the 10/19/73 date you mentioned to the previous year and call it one of the finest 12-15 month stretches in performing history; there are so many great stretches!

Just a little FYI: the 11/18/72 and 11/17/73 links are flip-flopped.

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ok enough is enough, how many playing in the bands do we need to hear, especially w/Donna ...who I love ...destroying them?????????

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That final jam is from Denver 11/21/73 in case anyone wanted to seek it out.

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Wow, certainly a terrific Playin>UJB>Dew>UJB>Playin segue on satellite this morning.
Thanks, David

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