November 9 - November 15, 2009
Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where every week we try to play you some cool selections from this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history. We’ve had quite a lot of 1980s material the last few weeks, and this week we’re going to head back in time to 1971 and 1972 exclusively.
Our first stop this week is at the Harding Theatre in San Francisco, where the Grateful Dead were wrapping up two nights at this cool little venue, a former church. Incidentally, these concerts were opened by the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and would be Jerry’s final concerts as the New Riders’ pedal steel player, with Buddy Cage taking that place after these shows, a replacement personally selected by Jerry. From the second set of 11/7/71, we have the big jam featuring Dark Star>Drums>The Other One>Me and My Uncle>The Other One.
From a bit more than a year later, we have Dark Star>Morning Dew from 11/13/72 in Kansas City, KS. There is a small gap in the fall tour of 1972 during which no reel-to-reel board tapes were made, so this selection is from one of the band’s own audience recordings, which sounds pretty good. Any limitations the audience source might have are made up for the in the quality of performance, which is a typically hot late 1972 jam.
Next up, from one night later on 11/14/72, we have the second set jam from Oklahoma City, featuring He's Gone>Truckin'>Jam>The Other One>Sing Me Back Home. It must have been a great time to see multiple shows, when virtually every night you were likely to see a Dark Star like the previous selection or an Other One like this.
Finally this week, from the next show in Oklahoma City on 11/15/72, we have Brokedown Palace, Playing In The Band, Big Railroad Blues. These fall tour 1972 Playing In the Bands are some of the best the band ever played, although from Europe ’72 through to October 1974, virtually every performance of this tune featured something interesting.
Be sure to come back next week for more great 1971 and 1972 Grateful Dead music. You know, more Dark Stars and Other Ones… Feel free to write to the email address below with questions or comments about the Tapers’ Section, or anything else.
WOW. Especially Oklahoma 11.15.72. But all in all the whole four, beautiful and glorious, pushing the edge, exciting, surprising, new exploration and adventure. I love it! I have joined this site for the first time and have typed in all my profile stuff to these tunes playing. Holy smoke! I feel inspired. Thanks a bunch David.
Oh yeah, just caught the tempo change... sounds technical to me, but imagine if it were real?! I picture thousands of heads suddenly dancing in molasses....
Week after week I find myself saying, "damn, this has gotta be the best Tapers Section EVER!!" ... but this time I really mean it!
Hot damn & fookin' glorious is all I can say, and...
THANKS again, DL!!
just finishing up soaking in these wonderful selections, man, is this good. Can't wait to see what you dish up next week, gonna have to be mighty fine to surpass this weeks. I can hear Donna in there but she isn't screaming throughout most (except playin') which is why I just love these earlier 70's recordings. That tempo transition on darkstar from11-13- 72 is unexpected and awesome, the next night he's gone into what sounds like the other one, then turns quickly into truckin', then back to the other one, wow. The playin' from the next night explores and weaves, the whole band is on fire, with Jer leadin the way, I think I'm gonna play them all again:)
The first four and a half minutes of the Dark Star sound like they're playing a little too fast. Then there's a weird glitch in the tape and it sounds like the problem then corrects. Is anybody else hearing this?
Just got my mind blown on that intrepid musical voyage circa 11-14-72! What amazing playing throughout. Excellent selections through and through. Thank you for expanding my Dead horizons week after psychedelic week :^))
And not even to the PLAYIN!
Thanks Schwack . I remember DL played a great Aud recording of Lewiston .
Ive been trying to log in my tape collection which tapes were recorded as 2 track tapes and which were multi track tapes back in the day ( 71 - 73 / 74 ] . For example , kezar 73 is such a powerful show ( most of it ] , and its probably a 2 track recording , but if it were mutli track , Wow ( !! ) id love to see the Deads mastering wizardry into effect with that specific night .
I think Jeffrey Norman has done an extremely good job , with his criteria in polishing many concerts for release . And as a devoted head would like to know what tapes were recorded 2 track or multi track
For now we ll have to check out Dec 28 1979 . Thanks GD for releasing that ( !!!! ]
you're right about playin, other one and darkstar. The holy trinity if you will hehe. Lemme tell ya that 72 DS is pretty sweet, they start if off in a jam, rare to my ears. Then they play the phil jam, billy drum solo and the pre-i know you rider jam all in one dark star. And that segue way between china>rider is played so crazy, really special stuff IMO, i get the feeling that they were on something this night, jerry's playing is really explorative and different, thanks for sharing these special moments with us.
two dark stars and two the other ones in one week... come on man didnt they have any other songs. hahaha. if you played nothing but dark star and the other ones I would be happy.
having dark star, the other one and playing in the band is pretty much like have the Trinity of dead songs in my book.
keep it coming.