Grateful Dead: Improvising in St. Louis - October 1972

The Dead’s three-night run in St. Louis (October 17-19, 1972) was an improvisational monster, containing great versions of all the big numbers, and much more jamming beyond them, including “The Philo Stomp.”

This mix presents 90 minutes of that improvisation. The three shows’ mixes are quite different, but that difference almost vanishes without vocals. To keep the jam flowing, I’ve edited “He’s Gone,” “Morning Dew,” and the “Playin’ Reprise” into instrumentals. However, the connections (>) between all songs are as-played. 

There’s no official release from October 1972, and the St. Louis shows are the best-mixed of the Midwest tour. So here’s a double-LP for your shelf of the molten core of that moment’s Dead. Everything here is tremendous, but I'm going to call out the "Bird Song" as extra-sublime. Great Keith solo.

92-minute FLAC-derived mp3 mix here

  • Bird Song
  • Playin’ in the Band
  • The Other One >
  • Jam >
  • The Other One > He’s Gone (intro & jam) > The Other One
  • Dark Star (space removed) >
  • Jam > Space > Bass Solo > The Philo Stomp > Feelin’ Groovy Jam >
  • Morning Dew (instr. edit) > Playin’ Reprise (inst. edit)

Caution: Save Your Face previously posted a three-hour highlights reel from these shows, with 90 more minutes of great “regular” songs plucked from the screwy soundboards. Don’t download that. An improved version will go up in the next week or so. This all-jam mix isn’t meant to replace that bigger mix; I just realized how intense pure St. Louis jamming would be and wanted to have that listening option buttoned-up, too.

10 responses
Dude. seriously, thanks so much for all the work you do. All of your Dead mixes are amazing, and make it so much easier for a relatively new head together a taste of all the genuinely great stuff the 80s has to offer.
This would have been perfect but you left Donna's godawful howling in Playin in the Band. Love the rest.
Thanks for this! Really excited to hear your new, improved STL ’72 mix, too.
this is wonderful, as usual..... thank you
I'm glad people are enjoying this mix! I've been playing the crap out of it.
These performances are seriously mind-melting. Thank you so much for this and all the other awesome mixes in your site!
It's funny to hear you say you've been playing the crap out of it. To say it is getting serious play time around here is an understatement. I listen to a lot of your mixes but I have to say this one is flawless. Thanks again
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