Grateful Dead

November 19 - November 25, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This being the end November, we have a bit of music from 1972, and of course some terrific material from 1973.

Our first selection this week, which really should have been played last week, I suppose, is from Wichita, Kansas, and as mentioned last week, is one of the finest versions of the The Other One played in 1972, featuring a perfect blend of rock, jazz and psychedelia. I have no idea how to qualify that it is one of the best of 1972, as there were so many stunning versions played throughout 1972, but I sure do like this one. From 11/17/72, Truckin'> The Other One>Brokedown Palace. I can't get enough of this one, up there with 9/17/72 to these ears. Keith, Phil, Bobby, Jerry and Billy play some stunning parts on this night. It lands so smoothly into Brokedown Palace. And what a Brokedown Palace; they are singing their hearts out on the final part of the song.

Next stop this week will be Tempe, Arizona, at Feyline Field on 11/25/73 in the rain. From that interesting show, we have the ultimate, new from 1973 combination of Eyes of the World>Weather Report Suite. Now that's a pair of songs that always brings a smile to my face.

Finally this week, from a few days before the Tempe show, we have this outstanding second set jam from 11/21/73 in Denver, the second of a perfect two night run of shows that falls virtually right in the middle of one of the finest two month stretches in Grateful Dead history. From this magnificent show, we have Mississippi Half-Step>Playing In The Band>El Paso>Playing In The Band>Wharf Rat>Playing In The Band>Morning Dew. Check out those tones Phil is getting during the final segment of Playing In The Band. And what Jerry's doing under that. Whew! Only in 1973!

As you may or may not be aware, this installment of the Tapers Section is our 52nd weekly edition, one year strong, and we're very pleased to say we'll keep going as long as you keep digging it. Thanks for checking in every Monday, and as always, we really do welcome all comments, questions and suggestions. Please send them to the email address below. See you next week!

David Lemieux


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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

off to generate a bug report on that track. The intrepid techs may still be dealing with some residual server meltdown issues, so give 'em a bit of slack here, but keep us posted too.

beenwaytoolongatsea's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007
eyes eyes eyes then ..... no more eyes


ditto w/ the eyes dropping in mid-jam, never reaching WRS, can this be remedied .. ?? such a cool eyes, too, up to the dropout, anyway .........

congrat's and thanks to all behind the scenes for a fantastic first (of many .. ??) year of t/s, downloads, streams, whatever, and anybody who really wants these streams can preserve them easily enough (granted not as easily as a right click download but it is do-able) i was recording that hot eyes when it dropped - ouchie!! but that early, live brokedown almost made this brokedown lover breakdown, wowie !!!!

Joined: Jun 4 2007

stream is cut after 10 min for Truckin'> The Other One>Brokedown Palace.
Eyes of the World>Weather Report Suite OK.
Mississippi Half-Step>Playing In The Band>El Paso>... don't want to start.
what's happening?
Never experienced streaming problems before.

ThePilgrimShadow's picture
Joined: Jun 23 2007
Thank You for 52 great weeks!

52-weeks? Already? Where does the time go? I guess I lost track of time by listening to all the gems you've been dropping on us ---- people tend to forget how much work was required "behind the scenes" in order for the band to go on tour to create the music. ---- and how much work is required to keep placing these gems on the web for us to hear every week. Really --- thank you for all your effort and work.

I appreciate your insight into your favorite versions of songs not placed here. In addition, other tidbits of info such as shows that are hidden gems from 1973 add tremendous value to this space. Thank You very much from the streets of Boston.

--- ThePilgrimShadow

DeadHead85's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Nice Pics

Great Pics this week david, However I am also having problems with mississippi-playing-elpaso-etc. Great song selections though. I would love to see some 73 road trips released.
Till next week

Thank You David

bruno14's picture
Joined: Sep 18 2007

Loving all I can hear (and I agree that you are on a roll) but... I cannot get past that wonderful Eyes of the World into a presumably wonderful Weather Report.

Joined: Jun 10 2007
frustrated and happy-

i too am struggling to get mississippi-playin-el paso-etc to play! but the other stuff sounds great!

thanks for golden west for atmospheric details of feyline field! those sort of details add to the listening!

thanks for the tidbits! have a great week- thank you for all you do!!

happy birthday ts- and many more to you and to steve-o's little taper too.

cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
the goods

Dave, might I say that you're on a roll the past coupla weeks. Happy Birthday TS!

Joined: Jun 20 2007

if iam grateful for the tunes,yes i am!! all that means is that i am willing to do whatever is necessary to maintain whatever it is that i am grateful for....

GRTUD's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Happy Birthday TS!

Great day for a birthday ;-) Thanks for all the great music!

BTW, I'm having some problems as well but with the other tracks, jleopold. I posted in the Technical Difficulties section.

"Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision." - Norman Mailer


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