Grateful Dead

November 9 - November 15, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

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.

David Lemieux


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unkle sam's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2008
dark stars

Keep em commin'

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Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey Man,
The Harding show was the first tape given to me many moons ago.Great to hear
it here in full Vault glory! Drums always welcome.
Enjoying the AUD piece from 11/1/72 as well!

Jaime: check out what I believe to be Lemieux's first AUD installment on
Taper's...the Great Lewiston (9/6/80) posted here on week
of 9/1-9/7/2008...wicked good(my comments for that week appear on
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Nov 2 2009

Haven't listened to anything yet but the songs chosen and the orders they're in look awesome. Never could understand why people loved the early 70's so much, was big into thee 76-90 period myself, now i dont know how anybody doesn't dine on it. Keep the tunes coming!

Joined: Nov 9 2009
Thank Heaven for Harding!

Hi David,

Thanks forposting this amazing selection from Harding Theatre; IMHO it's the slickest ever turn around from MAMU dropping right back into a raging TOO; I've never heard another to match it; many have posted over the years that this would make a really fine release. I'd love to have a great official copy of this amazing show. Any chances?


Joined: Sep 4 2007
Thanks , and i hope you can shed some light in the following


Pardon my lack of background in the subject , but in 1971 , 72 & 73 for example , could you let us know which or when were the periods in which the Dead recorded 2 track . And when they recorded multi track ??

In my tape collection , which is similar to anyone else s . I have great sounding tapes from those 3 years . But itd be intriguing to know exactly when the Dead did multi track ( recordings ] to play closer attention , to my tapes . Thanks

Jaime G

* Which shows specifically do you hold as higher than the norm in performance quality , that may be 2 track recordings , or multi track . Your expertise is obviously greatly appreciated here . Thanks

Joined: Aug 31 2009
Double Dose of Dark

Aww David, thank you so much!
I enjoy each weekly installment, but nearly always play the selections out too fast during the work week.. but with these selections, i don't think i'll be burnt out at all come friday.

One unexpected twist (other than selections switched), the DS>Dew playback tempo change.. I thought that was an awfully fast '72 DS!! -then the tempo just drags way down like the tape is shutting off> only that's the actual tempo :-) LOVE IT! thanks again and again...

Joined: Sep 4 2007
71 & 72

Great entries this week Mr Lemieux . Your forray into Audience recordings is saluted

The discussion as to which are better , board or Audience recordings can get very technical , but I ve heard audience tapes that surpass SBD tapes , and have as well heard really nicely cleaned up board tapes sound better than aud tapes . Its all - i think - in that person s tastes , their personality etc .

Thanks again for the audience recording inclusion / .. andd for the Harding theatre audio byte : )

Joined: Apr 17 2008

1st and 2nd selections are flip flopped on the flyplayer. Great picks this week. Thanks!!

......And there were days I know when all we ever wanted was to learn and love and grow.

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Joined: May 26 2007

not just you. Thanks for the heads up!

Joined: Jun 10 2007
11/14/72 link!

the link for 11/14/72- he's gone, etc-- link isn't working for me! is it just me???


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