Grateful Dead Download
Dec 31, 1972 (Set 1)Winterland (San Francisco, CA)
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Total Length:
1:16:29
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

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We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Around And Around04:27
  2. 2Deal04:22
  3. 3Mexicali Blues03:40
  4. 4Brown Eyed Women04:55
  5. 5Box Of Rain05:16
  6. 6Jack Straw05:05
  7. 7Don't Ease Me In04:12
  8. 8Beat It On Down The Line03:25
  9. 9Candyman03:40
  10. 10El Paso04:14
  11. 11Tennessee Jed08:00
  12. 12Playing In The Band18:53
  13. 13Casey Jones06:20
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Item Number:
  • 1894-7413-AD
Date:
  • Dec 31, 1972 (Set 1)
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Around And Around04:27
  2. 2Deal04:22
  3. 3Mexicali Blues03:40
  4. 4Brown Eyed Women04:55
  5. 5Box Of Rain05:16
  6. 6Jack Straw05:05
  7. 7Don't Ease Me In04:12
  8. 8Beat It On Down The Line03:25
  9. 9Candyman03:40
  10. 10El Paso04:14
  11. 11Tennessee Jed08:00
  12. 12Playing In The Band18:53
  13. 13Casey Jones06:20
Total Length:
1:16:29
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals; Bob Weir - guitar, vocals; Keith Godchaux - keyboards; Donna Godchaux - vocals; Phil Lesh - bass, vocals; Bill Kreutzmann - drums

1972 has always been considered to be one of the greatest years in Grateful Dead history. The band was in an extremely prolific songwriting phase, with Garcia and Weir both releasing their first solo albums and, in the process, bringing a wealth of new material to the band. Their first European tour inspired many of the finest performances of the band's entire career. Relatively new member Keith Godchaux was now totally integrated into the band's sound, and often directly triggering Garcia into new realms of exploratory playing. Unfortunately, however, Pigpen's health was fading fast, and he became unable to tour toward the end of the year.

The Dead's set kicks off after the midnight countdown, with a rockin' Chuck Berry cover, "Around and Around." During the course of the first set, several new songs were performed, including future Dead classics such as "Jack Straw," "Tennessee Jed" and "Mexicali Blues." Their recent albums were represented with takes on "Candyman" (on which the feed was lost during the beginning), "Casey Jones" and a surprising performance of "Box Of Rain," with bassist Phil Lesh on lead vocals.

The audience was also treated to a rare full band performance of "Don't Ease Me In." The undeniable highlight of this first set is a monumental 18-minute take on Bob Weir's "Playing In The Band." Here the group's playing reaches stratospheric levels, with incendiary jamming from Garcia and transcendent performances from everyone; this is a truly distinctive version. The "Casey Jones" that closes the first set is fun, but weak in comparison to what has just preceded it. The band then takes a break and gears up for the second set.

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