Tighten Up Jam
Music: Grateful Dead
This is the common name for a jam that the Grateful Dead played from around 1969-1971, normally as a part of Dark Star.
It is so named because it sounds like the Archie Bell & The Drells tune "Tighten Up".
See the essay on
The Dead's Early Thematic Jams
in the Grateful Dead Guide for more information. And see also this
Guide To The Tighten Up Jam.
(1) part of Dark Star, starting at about 19.45 and most clear at 23.40. (Thanks to Christian Thwaites for pointing this out)
(2) part of Dancing In The Streets, starting at about 6:00 - one of the faster versions
(3) part of Dancing In The Streets, starting at about 8:30.
(4) part of "Beautiful Jam", starting from the beginning of that jam
(5) part of Dark Star, starting at about 13:25. One of the most clearly-recognisable versions
The Archie Bell & The Drells recording of "Tighten Up" is available on many soul compilations.
It was a hit in 1968, which would square with the Dead introducing the theme (consciously or unconsciously) soon after that.
James Brown also played it around that time (it's on his album "Say It Loud And Live: Live In Dallas 1968," though I don't think that track was released until rather later). (Thanks to Christian Thwaites for this info)
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
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