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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

History of the Original Cosmic Cowboy Medley or How Bobby Squeezed Me & My Uncle into The Middle of Dark Star and that Other One, 1969-1973




It was a simple chord change after all. I learned this from the Taping Compendium in a review of  a 1970 show. This post describes one of the coolest moves the Dead ever did in their wide repertoire of cool moves.

This is no Me & My Uncle> Mama Tried.  This is the waking up from a 25 minute way out-there The Other One or Dark Star jam into a Bobby cosmic cowboy tune. And often back into Dark Star or The Other One

I first heard the cowboy medley when I bought Grateful Dead bootlegs on Saturday’s in Cambridge when I was in prep school in either 1975 or 1976  I thought it was so cool that the dead would sample Me & My Uncle in the middle of The Other One and had no idea I would never get such an animal. I know when John Mayer reads this, we will see it in the very next Dead & Company show. Stealing my Playin' Reprise in the encore slot today. Gee Wiz.

If I missed one or two, let me know. Not exactly perfect here (that anniverdsary is coming up in just about a month, mr. playin>china>rider.

The sandwiched songs I'm counting are Uncle, Mama Tried, Mexicali, El Paso, Sitting, Bobby McGee and the Like. Ok, ok, Sitting ain;t exactly a Cowboy tune, but you get the drift. We can share here

The sandwich versions are:
The Other One > Me And My Uncle >Other One
The Other One> Mexicali Blues  > The Other One
Dark Star>Uncle>Dark Star
The Other One>Bobby McGee>The Other One
Dark Star>Sitting on the Top of the World>Dark Star
The Other One>Sitting>The Other One

You can click on the archive link to hear any of these. Don't forget to donate there, they are the granddaddys and Mamas of the internet.

Embryonic Journeys (12 Times)

04-27-69 Labor Temple Minneapolis, MN
Turn On Your Love Light-> Me & My Uncle-> Sitting On Top Of The World
https://archive.org/details/gd69-04-27.sbd.cotsman.5070.sbeok.shnf
Come on the amazing journey
And learn all you should know



6-14-69 Monterey
Intro [0:10] ; Turn On Your Love Light [26:30] > Me And My Uncle [3:13] > Doin' That Rag [7:18] > He Was A Friend Of Mine [9:40] > China Cat Sunflower tease [0:10] ;

07-04-69 Chicago Sittin On Top Of The World [2:58] > Me And My Uncle [1:58#]

08-20-69 Seattle
 Morning Dew [10:06] > High Time [6:35] > Mama Tried [2:40] > Me And My Uncle [3:12]

08-29-69 Family Dog
Me And My Uncle [3:07] > High Time [7:03]
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-08-29.123075.sbd.miller.flac16

12-11-69 Thelma, Los Angeles, CA
Black Peter [11:09] > Me And My Uncle [3:10]
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-12-11.sbd.gerland.10987.sbeok.shnf

12-29-69 Boston Tea Party
 Me And My Uncle [3:14] > China Cat Sunflower [3:10] > Jam [3:08] > I Know You Rider [4:19] > High Time [7:09]
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-12-29.sbd.cotsman.96143.sbefail.shnf

02-14-70 Fillmore East, First Alligator>Uncle pairing. Famous medley.
 Alligator [3:44] > Drums [12:48] > Me And My Uncle [3:07] > Not Fade Away [13:59] > Mason's Children [3:53] > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) [14:25] > Feedback [8:42] > And We Bid You Good Night [1:39
https://archive.org/details/gd1970-02-14.sbd.miller.97644.flac16

02-28-70 Family Dog
Show opens with Turn On Your Lovelight [#12:47] > Me And My Uncle [3:02]
https://archive.org/details/gd70-02-28.sbd.cotsman.9377.sbeok.shnf

03-24-70 Pirate World
Show ends with Dark Star [13:#45] > The Other One [5:01] > Saint Stephen [4:08] > Drums [1:09] > Not Fade Away [6:02] > Turn On Your Lovelight [14:31] > Me And My Uncle [2:53] ;
https://archive.org/details/gd70-03-24.sbd.hollister.2990.sbeok.shnf

07-10-70 Fillmore East
Me And My Uncle [3:15] > Easy Wind [8:45]
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-07-10.aud.cotsman.17351.sbeok.shnf

07-11-70 Fillmore East
Maybe connected

07-12-70 Fillmore East: The Cosmic Cowboy Medley Is Born (3 times)

Cryptical Envelopment> The Other One > Me And My Uncle >Other One > Dancing In The Street
https://archive.org/details/gd1970-07-12.aud.mysteryreel.cloverman.smith.GEMS.108002.flac16
in a spooky middle of the night Midnight to Dawn appearance in the middle of The Other One sandwich.

11-29-70 Club Agora, Columbus, Ohio
Truckin'> Drums>The Other One > Me And My Uncle
No sandwich on the second try. Second straight audience-tape only version
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-11-29.aud.hanno.7592.sbeok.shnf

02-18-71 Capitol Theater, Passiac, New Jersey
Dark Star>Beautiful Jam>Wharf Rat>Dark Star>Me & My Uncle
First set, soundboard recording. First Dark Star>Uncle pairing.

http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2011/07/other-one-1976-1979.html

Pig Pen August Run (4 Times)
08-6-71 Hollwyood
Truckin' [6:50] > Drums [3:56] > The Other One [7:29] > Me And My Uncle [3:08] > The Other One [5:41] ;
https://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-06.sbd.miller.96541.sbeok.flac16
http://www.westword.com/music/the-twenty-smoothest-grateful-dead-transitions-5678878

08-14-71 Berkeley
Truckin' [3:#56] > Drums [3:35] > The Other One (1) [16:40] ; Me And Bobby McGee [5:39]
https://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-14.sbd.130871.MrBill.flac16

08-15-71 Berkeley
Truckin' [7:26] > Drums [3:10] > The Other One (1) [11:15] > Me And My Uncle [3:13] > The Other One (2) [5:45] > Wharf Rat [9:19]
https://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-15.sbd.130890.MrBill.flac16

08-24-71 Chicago
Cryptical Envelopment [1:#57] > Drums [4:28] > The Other One (1) [11:56] > Me And My Uncle [3:07] > The Other One (2) [6:51] > Cryptical Envelopment [4:53] > Wharf Rat [7:47]
https://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-23.sbd.miller.125886.flac16

Keith's First Two Months (11 Times)

10-21-71 Chicago
Dark Star (1) [15:09] > Sittin' On Top Of The World [3:16] > Dark Star [2:03] > Me And Bobby McGee [5:56]
https://archive.org/details/gd1971-10-21.sbd.bertha-ashley.9622.sbeok.shnf

10-24-71 Detroit
 Dark Star [20:47] > Me And Bobby McGee [5:29]
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-10-24.sbd.miller.125887.flac16

10-29-71 Cleveland
 Cryptical Envelopment [1:51] > Drums [0:23] > The Other One [20:16] > Me And My Uncle [2:54] > The Other One [2:58] > Cryptical Envelopment [1:39] > Deal [4:19]
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-10-29.sbd-set2.gardner.4090.shnf

11-7-71 Harding, San Francisco
Dark Star [13:58] > Drums [4:20] > The Other One [6:06] > Me And My Uncle [3:19] > The Other One [7:45]
https://archive.org/details/gd1971-11-07.127490.fm.boswell.smith.flac24

11-14-71 Forth Worth, TX
Truckin' [10:30] > Drums [4:24] > The Other One [9:14] > Me And My Uncle [2:58] > The Other One [12:21] > Wharf Rat [9:43] > Sugar Magnolia [6:25]
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-11-14.sbd.lai.6254.sbefail.shnf

11-15-71 Austin, TX
Dark Star (1) [12:14] > El Paso [4:38] > Space [3:29] > Jam [3:59] ; Casey Jones (2)
https://archive.org/details/gd1971-11-15.sbd.set2.jupille.7735.shnf

12-1-71 Boston
Cryptical Envelopment [1:47] > Drums [2:33] > The Other One (1) [14:08] > Me And My Uncle [2:01] > The Other One (2) [8:51] ;
https://archive.org/details/gd1971-12-01.sbd-set2.miller.32304.sbeok.flac16

12-4-71 Felt Forum: The Reverse Version
Me And My Uncle [2:50] > The Other One (2) [19:14] > Mexicali Blues [3:36] > The Other One (3) [3:12] > Wharf Rat (4) [8:55]
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-12-04.sbd.fixed.miller.110186.flac16

12-5-71 Felt Forum, For some reason I love these Uncle and Sitting Double Dose Versions
Dark Star [8:27] > Me And My Uncle [2:31] > Dark Star [12:23] > Sittin' On Top Of The World [4:16] ; https://archive.org/details/gd1971-12-05.131532.miller.sbd.flac16

Buy Eric's Dead to the Core, which inspired this blog

12-06-71 Felt Forum, what a week!
Cryptical Envelopment [1:58] > Drums [2:04] > The Other One [7:49] > Me And Bobby McGee [5:59] > The Other One [13:52] > Wharf Rat ; [11:14]
https://archive.org/details/gd1971-12-06.sbd.miller.108425.flac16

12-10-71 St Louis, Incredible Medley of
 Truckin' [7:59] > Drums [3:26] > The Other One [13:35] > Sittin' On Top Of The World [2:53] > The Other One [6:02] > Not Fade Away [6:01] > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [6:18] > Not Fade Away [1:00#]
https://archive.org/details/gd1971-12-10.sbd.miler.92392.sbeok.flac16
So many Charlie Miller's!

12-31-71 SF
Truckin' [8:45] > Drums [3:07] > The Other One Jam [6:01] > Me And My Uncle [2:50] > The Other One [10:19] ; Space [1:53] > Black Peter [8:38]
https://archive.org/details/gd71-12-31.fm.lanum.135.sbeok.shnf

03-26-72, Academy of Music, NYC
Truckin' > Drums > The Other One > Me And My Uncle > The Other One > Wharf Rat
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-03-26.133303.sbd.miller.flac16

Europe '72 Era (5 Times, Pen is Back)

04-7-72, Wembley, London
Truckin' > Drums > The Other One > El Paso > The Other One > Wharf Rat ;
https://archive.org/details/gd72-04-07.aud.hanno.6161.sbeok.shnf
or Buy Night One of Europe 72 Tour for SBD from dead.net

04-16-72, Aarhus, Denmark show ends with
Truckin' [5:20] > Jam [5:10] > Truckin' Reprise [0:54] > Jam [4:09#] > The Other One Jam > Me And My Uncle > The Other One > Not Fade Away > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > Not Fade Away
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-04-16.pset2-sbd.vernon.9196.sbeok.shnf





04-24-72 Dusseldorf, West Germany ends with
Dark Star [24:#31] > Me And My Uncle [3:27] > Dark Star [15:05] > Wharf Rat [8:59] > Sugar Magnolia [6:56]
https://archive.org/details/gd1972-04-21.116404.sbd.berger.sndchk.flac16

Page from David's Book  David Malvinni's is awesome but 12-5-71 also had an Uncle inside a Dark Star.
Buy David; He writes like the Music Expert and Prof He Is




05-3-72 Paris, France
Truckin' [10:37] > Space (2) [6:45] > The Other One (3) [10:04] > Drums [3:32] > The Other One Jam (4) [6:29] > Space [6:10] > Me And Bobby McGee [5:26] > The Other One (5) [2:45] > Wharf Rat [9:08] ;
https://archive.org/details/gd1972-05-03.sbd.masse.6453.sbeok.shnf

05-10-72 Amsterdam
Truckin' [8:41] > Drums [2:30] > The Other One [33:04] > Me And Bobby McGee [5:30] > The Other One [2:07] > Wharf Rat [8:41]
https://archive.org/details/gd72-05-10.sbd.kaplan.1582.sbeok.shnf



Post Europe '72 Era (8 Times)
08-21-72 Berkeley, CA
Dark Star > El Paso> Space> Deal
https://archive.org/details/gd72-08-21.sbd.hamilton.150.sbeok.shnf

08-27-72 Kesey's Fram
Dark Star> El Paso>Sing Me Back Home
https://archive.org/details/gd1972-08-27.sbd.hollister.2199.sbeok.shnf

09-28-72 Stanley Theater, Jersey City, NJ
 He's Gone>The Other One > Me And Bobby McGee> The Other One > Wharf Rat
https://archive.org/details/gd1972-09-28.110020.sbd.BEAR.gem.flac16

11-26-72 San Antonio, TX
Dark Star>Me And Bobby McGee 
https://archive.org/details/gd1972-11-26.123022.sbd.flac

06-26-73 Seattle, WA
He's Gone> Truckin' > The Other One> Me And Bobby McGee>The Other One> Sugar Magnolia
http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-06-26.sbd.cotsman.12076.sbeok.shnf

08-01-73
Dark Star>El Paso
https://archive.org/details/gd1973-08-01.113751.wotf.betty.shnf

11-14-73  San Diego, CA
Truckin'> The Other One > Big River >Other One> Eyes Of The World > Other One > Wharf Rat
https://archive.org/details/gd1973-11-14.sbd.hollister.14716.sbeok.shnf

11-23-73 El Paso, Texas
 He's Gone > Truckin' > The Other One > Space > Me And Bobby McGee
https://archive.org/details/gd1973-11-23.sbd.miller.112801.flac16

First Modern Cowboy Medley
10-15-77 Dallas
Mama Tried>Big River [6:11]  where else?
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-15.sbd.tobani.fink.6664.sbeok.shnf

hundreds of versions

Last Modern Cowboy Medley
7-5-95 Riverport Maryland
Me And My Uncle> Big River
http://www.archive.org/details/gd95-07-06.NEWsbd.30888.sbeok.shnf_shn
















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