Wednesday, November 19, 2008

An epic show without a Dark Star?!

Grateful Dead Steal Your Face plain ol' SYF version100 Days of the Dead
Day 57
Grateful Dead Steal Your Face plain ol' SYF version
73-11-17 UCLA setlist & soundboard mp3 download no lossless/SHN/FLAC
Grateful Dead -- November 17, 1973
Pauley Pavilion
University of California, Los Angeles

1st Set: Me & My Uncle, Here Comes Sunshine, Looks Like Rain, Deal,
Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, The Race Is On, China-> Rider,
Big River, Brown-Eyed Women, Around And Around

2nd Set: Row Jimmy, Jack Straw, Ramble On Rose,
Playing In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Morning Dew->
Uncle John's Band-> Playing In The Band, Stella Blue,
El Paso, Eyes of The World-> Sugar Magnolia

Encore: Casey Jones

I think this is the second-to-last (or something like that) Uncle as the show opener. Seems like odd placement before Here Comes Sunshine, which is beautiful by the way, as is the LLR that follows. There's just nothing wrong with this show. And when there's nothing wrong with a show, when a show's essentially perfect, I often find myself at a loss for words. These guys can say a few things about this show better than I can...

A review, transcribed from:

DeadBase IXDeadBase IX [out of print]


Although I am already guilty of contributing to the overemphasis on 1973, I cannot let this show pass without comment. I know of four concerts where The Dead played Playin> Uncle John's Band> Morning Dew> Uncle John's Band> Playin: one long seamless jam designed in heaven. This one is fantastic. Not only is each song perfectly played, but their relation is unparalleled. The transition from Morning Dew back into Uncle John's Band is so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes on my drive back home this evening. Heavy analytical attempts could only fall short. If you don't have it, get it.

The other version of this combination I have is the 11-10-73 Winterland show. Although this rendition is slightly shorter and the transitions are not quite as smooth, the jams are great with different strengths and the result is equally impressive.


Although poor in sonic quality, set 1 of this epic show is high in musical quantity and quality. Jerry's playing throughout the evening is stellar; the extended segue from "China Cat Sunflower" into "I Know You Rider" is especially indicative of an "on" night with many embellishments by Garcia propelling it along. "Here Comes Sunshine" is very similar to the big beefy version in Tampa a month later, now enshrined by Latvala on Dick's Picks 1. Although a twelve-song first set seems generous by latter day standards, it was not unusual for this period; it is well paced and played with enthusiasm. First sets of this period also offer the listener some unusual song placements: a midset "Deal," for instance. However, it is what follows after the break that is truly stunning; set 2 features improvisational ensemble playing at its finest and really defines why I was on the bus for almost thirty years. This is a must-have second set!! The "Playing in the Band" > "Uncle John's Band" > "Morning Dew" > "Uncle John's Band reprise" > "Playing in the Band" reprise sequence is one of only three played (11-10-73 and 3/23/74 are the other two) and is absolutely flawless in its execution, with the songs flowing one into another almost effortlessly. This "Playing" palindrome, in comparison to those at Winterland and the Cow Palace, runs ten minutes longer than the former and almost seven minutes longer than the latter; the segues from song to song seem to be smoothest in this version. The harmonies at UCLA also seem to be much sharper than the others, although that could be as much a comment on the crispness of the tape as on the actual performances--this low-gen soundboard especially accentuates Keith's very nice punctuation throughout the set. In addition, the drop from "Uncle John's Band" into "Morning Dew" leaves one breathless. Even with verse flubs in "Dew," Jerry never skips a beat, slowly building to an expected climax that instead drops right back into "Uncle John's Band." This sequence seems to have had its origin in the Northwestern show a few weeks prior; however, in that show "Morning Dew" opens the second set, then proceeds to "Playing in the Band" > "Uncle John's Band" > "Playing" reprise, an arrangement that, although interesting, pales in comparison to this.

And, as if that wasn't enough, after tasty excursions through "Stella Blue" and "El Paso," we get the set-closing "Eyes" > "Sugar Magnolia"! Though I was in my infancy as far as shows go, I realized at the time I had witnessed something special.

transcribed from:

The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume 1 [for Grateful Dead music!]
The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume 1:
An In-Depth Guide
to the Music of the Grateful Dead
on Tape, 1959-1974 by Michael Getz and John Dwork
[out of print]

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11/17/73 Pauley Pavilion

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GD Nov 17, 1973 -- Pauley Pavilion -- Part 1
Part 2 -- UCLA -- 11/17/73


Adam said...

This show is just as potent as the Winterland '73 box set material. Just get it, put it on, and let your mind absorb the power of the Grateful Dead!

Lucky said...

Thanks a bunch for all you do.


Anonymous said...

Your efforts are really appreciated over here in old europe. Vielen Dank!

Sugarmag said...

Rock on Adam! You're welcome, Lucky and I hear ya' 77 is pretty damn great. And 78, 79...and then there's early Brent. I am often overwhelmed by it all. Anonymous-Bitte schoen!

Timmy said...

Ummmm, Got part 1, but part 2 reads ERROR...

Timmy said...

Now, it's OK! Thanx for this one, it truely is great. A good 'converter" show....

TheNWRA said...

I like the look of this one, thanks again.

Stefan said...

This show looks real nice.
So glad I found this site!

freakypete said...

this is such a sweet show, sunshine is beautiful, ujb classic and stella is stellar. been listning to it all day.
thanks (and thanks for telling me about the caps lock thing, i really didnt know!)

Sugarmag said...

Hiya Freakypete, it's all good. Glad you dig.

Anonymous said...

Can't thank you enough
I've heard of these Nov 73 shows and feel blessed to find one I can download

That 74 oakland show you posted is so nice...playing>wharf rat>playing, beautiful eyes and bobby mcgee...thanks again for that anyway

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

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