Grateful Dead

September 21 - September 27, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week, the Tapers' Section is the place for you if you like Grateful Dead music from September 1972, which we expect you do. If not, you're welcome to come along for the ride and we're sure you'll hear something you dig.

Our first selection this week is from 9/21/72 in Philadelphia, music that is part of the final Pick of the Dick's Picks series, Vol. 36. We have a couple of the mid-sized jams from that show, Playing In The Band, He's Gone>Truckin. When this second jam didn't go into a monstrous Other One, where a He's Gone>Truckin' of the era usually went, you knew something was in store for later, and the Dark Star>Dew that came later sure proves that true.

Our next selection from 9/23/72 in Waterbury, CT, is a cool little sequence featuring a couple of rarities. The music, Baby Blue, Cryptical Envelopment>Drums>The Other One>Wharf Rat, features one of only three versions of Baby Blue played between 1970 and 1981 (the others were on 9/26/72 in Jersey City and 2/24/74 at Winterland), and the only Cryptical of 1972, and the final version until its return in 1985. As you know, we like to play not only historical anomalies here, but we try to give you as much historical background on these anomalies as we can. If you'd ever like clarification on any of our selections, feel free to write to the email address under my name, below.

Our final selection this week is also from Waterbury, CT, on 9/24/72, and features a bit of a unique sequence, Dark Star>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. There's a cut on the master reels at the end of the jam, so our apologies for that. But, the part that IS there sure is good.

Please stop by again next week, when we'll have loads of music from 1976, plus a little taste of 1989. Email address below, which you're encouraged to write to with questions or comments.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Aug 31 2009
baby baby!!

THANKS David!!

that solo in baby blue is just dripping with Jerry's inner voice... always a fav of mine. of course, I'm used to 60's versions aplenty, but this 72 one is a real treat! the chill tempo i've heard in later years, but with that early 70's vitality i yearn for...

and the post 1st verse DS jams, truly out of this world! this stuff is so good i'm still rocking it this week :-D

thank you so much!

Joined: Sep 4 2007
fall seventy II

Indeed anomalous Dave . Cryptical had a tough start , but later got real beautiful ..

Thanks for the Baby blue , that was a real highlight

** The O1 is some FINE FINE stuff = ) The band on all cylinders , leaving me and many speechless . Great call friend

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

Thanks for the selections this week, DL. I've always wanted to hear the 2nd set jam from Waterbury ever since I saw the picture of the cassette master on the front page of Deadlists ( with the notation of a "unique!" jam in The Other One. Indeed, it is unique alright :^))) This TOO rages.

Joined: Jun 19 2007
Love it!!

Just love this era. Thanks a million dave!!!!!!!

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Joined: Jan 4 2009
Good stuff DL

I felt right at home listening to the highlights from the Waterbury shows...Thanks! : )

ps. They've recently restored the Palace Theatre to its former beauty. (i'm assuming that's where these shows were) It's an amazing venue... it would be very cool to see Bobby and/or Phil play there some day.

Joined: Dec 13 2007
awesome dark star

this music is off the chart. thanks dave

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Yay! My absolute favorite time in music

Thank you so very much

Joined: Apr 22 2008

Oh yeah! the sweet sweet sounds of '72 GD.

Thanks for the DP 36 tunes. It reminded me that I need to get it back from a friend to whom I loaned it - what a show!!

Let the good times roll...

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Joined: Jan 6 2009
strike another match...>

strike another match...> start anew..!!!!!!!!!??????????? wow !!!! thanx....

Joined: Jun 16 2007
Nice Tunes

Always enjoy what you do David ! 72 rocks !


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