17

Sep

1972

Grateful Dead

Dick's Picks, Vol. 23: Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD

09/17/72 Dick's Picks, Vol.  23: Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD

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Set One

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Sugaree 479

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Black-Throated Wind 394

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Friend Of The Devil 259

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El Paso 311

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Bird Song 655

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Big River 322

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Tennessee Jed 485

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Mexicali Blues 237

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China Cat Sunflower 318

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I Know You Rider 376

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Playing In The Band 1128

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Casey Jones 372

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Set Two

Truckin' 739

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Loser 440

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Jack Straw 322

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Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo 518

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Me & My Uncle 198

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He's Gone 622

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The Other One 2347

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Sing Me Back Home 650

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Sugar Magnolia 565

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Uncle John's Band 443

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Show Notes

Dick's Picks 23

9/17/72 Baltimore Civic Center - Baltimore, Maryland

1972 was quite a creatively bountiful year for the Grateful Dead, topped off by their first full-fledged tour of Europe that spring. The momentum of the overseas trip carried over to the band’s stateside shows (despite their having to bid a regretful adieu to Pigpen, whose final illness precluded his traveling), and by the time the Dead got to Baltimore in September of ’72 (nearly a decade before Cal Ripken first laced up the spikes for the Orioles!) the band was playing at the top of its game.

The Dead’s musical reach and grasp were growing in all sorts of ways in 1972. Even as they honed and tightened their ability to work within concise song forms, the band’s jamming on the more open-ended material became more expansive and jazzily exploratory than ever. The Baltimore show displays both these facets of the band’s artistry beautifully: the former with crisply played versions of such favorites as "Friend Of The Devil ," "Loser," "Jack Straw" and Merle Haggard’s "Sing Me Back Home"; and the latter with some spectacular and lengthy leaps into several of the Dead’s most rewarding jamming vehicles, including an 18-minute "Playing In The Band" and a brilliantly complex 39-minute "The Other One" that some Deadheads number among the best ever played.

Musicians

  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
  • Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals
  • Keith Godchaux - piano
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Phil Lesh - electric bass, vocals
  • Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, vocals

Credits

  • Original recording producer - Owsley Stanley
  • Tape archivist - David Lemieux
  • CD mastering - Jeffrey Norman
  • Archival research - Eileen Law/Grateful Dead ARchives
  • Booklet notes "On Sound, My Theories and My Techniques" - Bear
  • Cover art, package design - Bob Minkin
  • Photography - Brian Blauser, Deb Trist, Jim Thrower, Grateful Dead Archives
  • Special thanks - Tony Dwyer
  • 1972 newspaper articles included in booklet - Ralph P. Bobb (Times), William K. Mandel (The Bulletin)