Grateful Dead

September 14 - September 20, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

As we roll through the middle of September here at the Tapers' Section, we have some excellent music from 1972 and 1990 for you.

As we may have mentioned previously here at the Tapers' Section, the Grateful Dead were scheduled to perform two concerts at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York on September 15 and 16, 1972. However, local authorities, worried about the large rock and roll crowd that would swarm their little hamlet, prevented the shows from happening, and it would be more than a decade before the band was finally allowed to play this super cool little amphitheatre. Luckily, the band had enough time to reschedule the shows, and booked two nights at the Boston Music Hall, and from the first night, on 9/15/72, we have Promised Land, Sugaree, Greatest Story Ever Told, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Black Throated Wind. This is a magnificent tour, and there really isn't much not to like about 1972 Grateful Dead.

From the second show in Boston, on 9/16/72, we have more great material, featuring Big River, Bird Song, Mexicali Blues, Stella Blue, Jack Straw, Big Railroad Blues, Playing In The Band. Stunning stuff throughout.

From the very next night, on 9/17/72 in beautiful Charm City, USA, Baltimore, MD, we have the centerpiece of the second set, one of the finest and most intricately dynamic versions of The Other One ever performed, clocking in at nearly 40 minutes. This is part of Dick's Picks Vol. 23, a typically hot September, 1972 concert.

Lastly this week, from Madison Square Garden on 9/18/90, featuring the two keyboardist lineup of Vince and Bruce, we have second set music consisting of Eyes of the World>Estimated Prophet>Foolish Heart>Jam. This was part of the Bonus CD that was included with Road Trips Vol. 2 No. 1, so if you missed out on that, here it is. Plenty of stunning music on that release.

Be sure to stop by next week as head toward the end of September with music from the September 1972 tour that was featured so prominently this week. See you then, and in the meantime, feel free to write with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section to the address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Sep 16 2009
Brokedown Palace

I was enamored with the version of Brokedown Palace that was played on Sirius on Tuesday, early evening, by a female vocalist. Can anyone tell me who that was and what recording?
Thanks much.

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Boston 72

I am not an expert in 1972 gd , but there sn great stuff .

Thanks to archive .or we have much to check out from tat great year

I dont think or feel or see that much music has circulated from 1972 , specifically up about 5 years ago , when much stuff began to surface and find its way into our GD tape collecting and trading conversations , discussions etc etc

It s such an interesting year , that Id love to be able to find some more guidance / orientation on that year s great moments

Obviously the Europe tour ll stand as a strong argument for that year . But i always loved a great , hissy but lovely tape of Houston 11.18 1972 with great versions of many Dead songs

I think 1972 is a year YET to be discovered and unearthed by us , the fans ; and the GD tape release projects .

Thanks for the Boston exceprts , and for the history detail . Had no idea that Saratoga was considered that year as a venue . Piece

Joined: Jun 10 2007
3rd time?

david- i think this is my 3rd time back this week -- just to hear it all again!
thank you!
these tidbits have been the bright spot in a long and lousy week.
i am, indeed, grateful-

Joined: Aug 27 2008
The Other One: 9/17/72

Thank you for including this track from DP23, amongst the best versions of the song.

Joined: Jul 9 2007

Vince and bruce fit so sweetly, sorry i didnt get back on the bus until 91. I don't think i'll ever get tired of eyes of the world or estimated prophet. foolish heart not so much
thanks for the memories imagined and real

Joined: Jun 6 2007
September 1972

David- Thanks for the music from Boston, 9.72 is delicious from one night to the next.

PS- If you ever run out of ideas for what to release, think back to these shows. ;-)


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