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Recorded live at 

CENTURY II CONVENTION HALL, Wichita, KS 
November 17, 1972 


DISCI 

1. PROMISED LAND 

2 . SUGAREE 

3 . ME AND MY UNCLE 

4 . TENNESSEE JED 

5 . BLACK-THROATED WIND 

6. BIRD SONG 

7 . JACK STRAW 

8 . BOX OF RAIN 

9 . DON’T EASE ME IN 

10 . BEAT IT ON DOWN 
THE LINE 

11 . BROWN-EYED WOMEN 

12 . BIG RIVER 

13 . CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER> 
14 . 1 KNOW YOU RIDER 


DISC 2 

1. AROUND AND AROUND 

2 . CASEY JONES 

3 . CUMBERLAND BLUES 

4 . EL PASO 

5 . HE’S GONE 

6. TRUCKING 

7 . THE OTHER ONE> 

8 . BROKEDOWN PALACE 

9 . SUGAR MAGNOLIA 


DISC 3 

1. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND 

2 . JOHNNY B. GOODE 
From 11/15/72 Oklahoma City 

3 . PLAYING IN THE BAND 

4 . WHARF RAT 

5 . NOT FADE AWAY> 

6. GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD 
FEELING BAD> 

7 . NOT FADE AWAY 


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S grew up and came of age in the Midwest—Wichita, Kansas. At the 
time, as with many young folks, we considered it a cultural wasteland. 
Forget that there were three art museums, a symphony orchestra, and 
traveling musicians that would swing through town, or even that Allen 
Ginsberg stayed for a while. We were stuck in the Midwest, in a huge, land¬ 
locked island of un-coolness—the total opposite of either coast. 

In my senior year of high school, I started working for the local promoter 
doing art and general grunt work. The outfit started out as Tiny Alice and 
later became Little John Productions. (John was a small figure who had a 
condition called brittle bone disease. Something was always breaking—fin¬ 
gers, arms, legs. Kind of a mess.) Wichita was not without concerts. We had 
no shortage of English bands. The real Fleetwood Mac played there once 




























and he gave me the news—there was 
going to be a Grateful Dead show in 
Wichita! I was stoked! I decided to 
do a “Lady of the Lake” type of im¬ 
age. Probably because of the short 
time allowance, the art was to be 
an 814" x 11" handbill, not a full- 
size poster. Back in the day, the art 
would be done by inking the design 
and handing it off to the production 
company that would screen-print 
the posters in full color. I always felt 


or twice a year. Rory Gallagher al¬ 
ways was a treat to see. But some of 
us wanted that Americana, the San 
Francisco sound. I pestered John to 
bring in the Grateful Dead, prob¬ 
ably to the point of being annoying. 
As the big cosmic puzzle fell into 
place, it finally happened . . . 

In late October, Littlejohn called 
and said he had a surprise, but that 
I had to do the art and it had to be 
done quick. I went over to his house, 



a little cheated that a band so famous for their archive of poster work only 
got a handbill for their sole Wichita show. 

The big day finally arrived. It was a cold day, November 17, 1972. I got 
to Century II late that morning, and there was already a flurry of chaotic 
activity. The Dead’s crew was at work setting up the soundboard and equip¬ 
ment. In the middle of the floor 
stood a figure: black cowboy shirt, 
black cowboy boots with silver toe 
and heel caps (minus one of the toe 
caps), discreetly smoking a joint. It 
was Jerry! I stood there, a speechless 
19-year-old, watching as a small herd 
of green-shirted security personnel 
with squawking walkie-talkies scur¬ 
ried around him, much like a fog of 
gnats, looking for the source of the 
smell St. Jerry was oblivious to them, 
and the Keystones could not see the 
forest for the trees. Quite a comical 
sight to behold. 

At some point, Jerry took to playing guitar. I was in heaven. To just sit and 
listen—wow! At that point, I was asked by John if I knew of someone who 
might want to come down and help with the running, picking up stuff in the 
contract rider—cases of Heineken beer, Drambuie, and boxes of oranges, 
among other stuff. Since I was underage and couldn’t pick up the beer or 







liquor, I called a friend, Jack, from a pay phone in the lobby to see if he 
might be interested in helping out. The comment was, “Is that Jerry playing 
guitar in the background?” “Yeah, man.” I swear, Jack was banging on the 
doors before I hung up the pay phone receiver. We went out, picked up the 
needed goods, and beat feet back to the venue to see as much sound check 
as we could. 

I remember the crew being a bunch of surly Visigoths. Dicks, really, so I 
pretty much stayed out of their way. I cordoned off an area of seats for my 
girlfriend, sister, and other friends. They all showed up extremely glassy-eyed, 
moving in slow motion, and were very relieved to have a prime bunch of seats 
staked out. The crowd was large, and everyone was stoked that little Wichita 
was the place to be on that particular evening. It was a very cold November 
night, but in the convention hall there was a feeling of warmth and content¬ 
ment. Once the music started, everything went into blur mode. Europe 7 2 
had been very recendy released, and these were like new songs! “Brown-Eyed 
Women”! ‘Jack Straw From Wichita”! Wow, the band knew that we existed! 
A much better acknowledgment than “How you doin’, Wichita?” And to be 
mentioned in a Zane Grey-type cowboy romp—what an honor! In later years, 
after moving to Portland, Oregon, I had a personalized license plate that read 
“JKSTRW.” It has since been retired. 

As the first set wound down, I decided to slip backstage to say thanks. 
Somehow I found myself in a room with Bob Weir, who was there all by his 
lonesome. I managed to sputter out a “Thanks!” and an apology for inter¬ 
rupting his solitude. Other folks started to filter in, and I told Weir that my 
friends out front were scraping their fingernails on the ceiling. He asked 


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if they would like a little surprise. He called over one of the crew, and the 
next thing I knew a tray was being loaded up with foam cups of beer, fresh- 
squeezed OJ, and oranges. We took the goodies out to my friends with a 
simple “Compliments of the band.” The refreshments were handed out to a 
very surprised and very high bunch of folks. This act also softened my view 
of the crew. 

All in all, it was a very good night. In the years to come, we would trek up 
to Kansas City, since the band never again played my hometown. But for a 
punk kid, I felt like I owned Century II that November evening. 


—Gary Houston 













DISC 1 

1. PROMISED LAND ( 312 , 

(Berry) Arc Music (BMI) 

2. SUGAREE (7:0i) 

(Garcia/Hunter) 

3. ME AND MY UNCLE o il) 

(Phillips) Spirit Two Music (ASCAP) 

4. TENNESSEE JED (7 47) 

(Garcia/Hunter) 

5. BLACK-THROATED WIND (7 04) 

(Weir/Barlow) 

6. BIRD SONG (li-.oi) 

( Garcia/Hunter) 

7. JACK STRAW (5:00) 

(Weir/Hunter) 

8. BOX OF RAIN (4:54) 

(Lesh/Hunter) 

9. DON’T EASE ME IN (3 i6) 

(Trad. Arr. by Grateful Dead) 

10. BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE (*; 

(Fuller) Hillgreen Music (BMI) 

11. BROWN-EYED WOMEN (5 ii) 

(Garcia!Hunter) 

12. BIG RIVER (4:39) 

(Cash) House Of Cash Inc. (BMI) 

13. CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER (7 io) 

(Garcia/Hunter) 

14. I KNOW YOU RIDER (4 46) 

(Trad. Arr. by Grateful Dead) 


DISC 2 

1. AROUND AND AROUND isss) 

(Berry) Isalee Music Publishing Co. (BMI) 

2. CASEY JONES (6:33) 

(Garcia/Hunter) 

3. CUMBERLAND BLUES (63i) 

( Garcia/Lesh/Hunter) 

4. EL PASO (4:17) 

(Robbins) Mariposa Music Inc./ 

Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI) 

5. HE’S GONE (1412) 

(Garcia/Hunter) 

6. TRUCKIN’ (9:57) 

( Garcia/Lesh/Weir/Hunter) 

7. THE OTHER ONE (19:49) 

(Weir/Kreutzmann) 

8. BROKEDOWN PALACE (5 57) 

(Garcia/Hunter) 

9. SUGAR MAGNOLIA (8 24) 

(Weir/Hunter) 


DISC 3 

1. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND (8 07) 

(Garcia/Hunter) 

2. JOHNNY B. GOODE (3 57) 

(Berry) Arc Music/Isalee Music Pub. Co. (BMI) 

Live in Oklahoma City (11/15/72) 

[ 3. PLAYING IN THE BAND 30:57) 

' (Weir/Hart/Hunter) 

i 4. WHARF RAT (loss) 

(Garcia/Hunter) 

5. NOT FADE AWAY (7 47) 

(Petty/Hardin) MPL Communications/Wren Music (BMI) 

6. GO IN’ DOWN THE ROAD 
FEELING BAD ( 712 ) 

(Trad. Arr. by Grateful Dead) 


All songs © Ice Nine Publishing Co. Inc. (ASCAP) except where noted 


Grateful Dead 

JERRY GARCIA: Lead Guitar, Vocals 
DONNA JEAN GODCHAUX: Vocals 
KEITH GODCHAUX: Keyboards 
BILL KREUTZMANN: Drums 
PHIL LESH: Electric Bass, Vocals 
BOB WEIR: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals 


Produced by GRATEFUL DEAD 
Original Recordings Produced by OWSLEY STANLEY 
Produced for Release by DAVID LEMIEUX 
Executive Producer: MARK PINKUS 
Associate Producers: DORAN TYSON & RYAN WILSON 
CD Mastering by JEFFREY NORMAN at 
MOCKINGBIRD MASTERING, Petaluma, CA 
Art Direction and Design: STEVE VANCE 
Cover Art: TONY MILLIONAIRE 
Photos: © DEB TRIST 
Handbill: © GARY HOUSTON 
Tape Research: MICHAEL WESLEY JOHNSON 
Archival Research: NICHOLAS MERIWETHER/ 

UC Santa Cruz Grateful Dead Archive 
Special Thanks: Starfinder Stanley, Sheilah Stanley, 
Kate Dear, Julie Temkin, LeeAnn Wong, Steve 
Woolard 


7. NOT FADE AWAY (3 27) 

. (PettylHardin) MPL Communicatiom/Wren Music (BMI) 


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PROMISED LAND (3:12) 
SUGAREE (7:01) 

ME AND MY UNCLE (3:11) 
TENNESSEE JED (7:47) 
BLACK-THROATED WIND (7:04) 
BIRD SONG (11:01) 

JACK STRAW (5:00) 

BOX OF RAIN (4:54) 

DON’T EASE ME IN (3:16) 

BEAT IT ON DOWN 
THE LINE (3:26) 

BROWN-EYED WOMEN (5:11) 
BIG RIVER (4:39) 

CHINA CAT 
SUNFLOWER> (7:10) 

I KNOW YOU RIDER (4:46) 


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All Rights Reserved. Made in U.SA 


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DISC 2 


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1. AROUND AND AROUND (3:55) 

2. CASEY JONES (6:33) 

3. CUMBERLAND BLUES (6:31) 

4. EL PASO (4:17) 

5. HE’S GONE (14:12) 

6. TRUCKING (9:57) 

7. THE OTHER ONE> (19:49) 

8. BROKEDOWN PALACE (5:57) 

9. SUGAR MAGNOLIA (8:24) 








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DISC 3 


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1. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND (8:07) 

2. JOHNNY B. GOODE (3:57) 

Oklahoma City (11/15/72) 

3. PLAYING IN THE BAND (30:57) 

4. WHARF RAT (10:38) 

5. NOT FADE AWAY> (7:47) 

6. GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD 
FEELING BAD> (7:12) 

7. NOT FADE AWAY (3:27)