09-24-72 The Palace Theater, Waterbury, Ct. (Sun)
1: Big Railroad Blues ; Mexicali Blues ; Loser ; Black Throated Wind ; Cumberland Blues ; Sugaree ; El Paso ; Tennessee Jed ; Beat It On Down The Line ; Bird Song ; Big River ; Brown Eyed Women ; Playing In The Band [16:#25]
2: Greatest Story Ever Told > Bertha > The Promised Land ; Friend Of The Devil ; Jack Straw ; Tomorrow Is Forever [5:15] ; Dark Star [34:32] > China Cat Sunflower [5:43] > I Know You Rider [5:35#] ; Sugar Magnolia [8:11]
The SBD tape contains Playing In The Band (15:50 with a cut), tomorrow Is Forever, Dark Star> China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider (breaks off at 4:02) and Sugar Magnolia. The AUD contains the 1st 4 songs of the 2nd set (Greatest Story> Bertha> the Promised Land, Friend of the Devil) in fairly listenable quality; this tape is very rare but its existence suggests that rumors of a complete AUD of the show are true (it'd be nice to patch the Rider from it). First "Tomorrow Is Forever"
1: Big RxR Blues, Mexicali, Loser, B. T. Wind, Cumberland, Sugaree, El Paso, Tennessee Jed, BIODTL, Bird Song, Big River, B. E. Women, Playin
starts us off nicely, going at a nice train tempo. While these versions in 72 are shorter than I prefer, they certainly don't lack in intensity. Keith pounds away magnificently, and Jerry solos hard! What a great tune to open with, they should have done that more often.
The energy is intact for the Mexicali
walks in the bar and sits at the high stakes table. We get to the solo and Jerome keeps it somber and cool. There was nothing wrong with the song, but it didn't do what I know it can do.
is absolutely nailed by everyone. Bobby in particular, he doesn't go overboard vocally as he sometimes tends to do. Very nice.
Did somebody say Cumberland
?! I am so glad they started to shake up the setlists a bit after a stagnant month until the previous night. Again, train tempo, led by Billy. Vocals are right on, and Keith is filling nicely for Jerome. The first verse solo is sweet as can be, Bobby is supporting nicely, Phil bopping along, Keith providing momentum, and Jerry just never ceases to amaze me on this song. After some verse, we get the jam, sick! Just screaming down the line! Jerry is all over it, X factor is achieved and maintained massively. What a great year for Cumberland altogether, and this version is just about perfect (not just exactly perfect you see). Then we get the 2nd to last verse and the jam after this also flows nicely, though it is calmer.
Bobby talks about aisle spiders in an attempt to maintain order within the crowd... probably due to local officials telling them too. Didn't everyone just hear that damn Cumberland? Jeez, give the kids a break.
is the follow up tune. A short one for sure, at less than 8 minutes. It is a fine performance though, nice cascading piano from Keith in there. It also features a strong finish.
comes rambling in. Love it! Keith driven here, Jerry in support. Interesting.
cuts most of the way into the song, and basically gets right to the payoff... I am not complaining personally, beyond that it is tragic to lose those minutes of music forever.
... too bad this wasn't cut...
is beautiful. I still don't like the arrangement in this period though, the false ending before the verse prior to the final jam. Nice Bird Song.
is a fitting follow up to me. Don't ask me why, because I don't have a good answer for that! I always love Keith and Jerry on this song.
is another appropriate follow up. The flow is maintained, nice version, nothing that stands out.
The set comes to an end with PITB
, per SOP. That's fine though. They could have played this song post 71 in every show they did, and I would have been pleased, since they jam it differently everytime. You get what you paid for with the song, time in and time out, in 1972. The jam is fantastic, with Jerry noodling away as Phil is clearly the number 2 here. We get some great X factor around the 11:30 mark that goes on for quite some time. Awesome stuff that Jerry peaks out with some great high notes. Around the 15 minute mark we get another huge Jerry moment! The bad news is there is a fat cut. The good news is, it seems to be a cut of exactly when Donna does her reprisal shriek! I kid you not. I don't think this cut was coincidental by the way. Thus endeth the set, with Bobby blabbering mindlessly.
2: Greatest> Bertha> Promised, FOTD, Jack Straw, Tomorrow Is Forever, Me & My Uncle, Dark Star> China Cat> I Know You Rider, Sugar Magnolia E: Saturday Night
The night before opened with Promised>Bertha>GSET... so, they flip it around! GSET>Bertha>Promised Land
. There was a nice possible Promised Land intro by the drums, and then they hit the GSET. Jerry is a bit low in the mix unfortunately. This is fixed before the end of the song, but still too bad. The transition into Bertha is nice, and the song features a nice Jerry solo. There is almost often a "Wipe Out" rhythm to this song, from Phil that is, that I seem to hear. The transition into Promised Land is executed perfectly, or as Bobby would say in the 80s, like a Swiss watch.
Jerry says "I don't scream requests at you", and then obliges with FOTD
. Great effort here, very twangy and country, including in Jerry's vocals.
follows, and it a great version and choice. Phil seems especially on here. Keith is also doing great things on the ivories.
The first ever Tomorrow is Forever
comes next. This is kind of the ballad slot in Sep 72, so this is appropriate, as much as a ballad slot exists in this period... I don't like Donna on this song, and that is why I usually avoid it.
I am listening to this one for the sake of the project. This is a first effort, so I won't slag it to hard. But, it did bring me down a bit.
is the perfect answer to bring me back into the game, just in time for the meat of the show...
creeps out, and we hear very familiar themes, yet always different notes once again. This is very exploratory right from the get go, tumbling through the outer limits. Around the 10 minute mark we leave the theme for just a second or two into space, but its a quick return, and back to the theme. That must have been the cue though, because as soon as the first verse is done, its space. Phil is dropping heavy bombs on us for a bit, and after the carpet bombing, things relax around minute 14. Several minutes later, starting about minute 20, all hell breaks loose. By 21 minutes, its out of control. This cacophony continues for a couple of minutes, and then Jerry decides to test the limits of his guitar strings starting in minute 23. This is not a tiger, its some kind of crazed elephant or something. Out there! Just before 24:30 it starts sinking into a mellow mood groove. There is a short drum break, and then we return to the madness. After a couple of minutes we get into... oh shit...
! I do believe this is the only time DS went into C>R. Jerry starts into the first solo with some high notage, and Phil is piling it up behind him. This is what you would expect coming out of this DS... fury. Nice work all around. But, there is a downer... a cut. Before the cut, definitely a crowd pleaser.
comes next. You get what you would expect here.
Is it encore time? OMSN
is not the encore, but rather, the show ender, on the tail of Sugar Mags. Its a rockin' version, as they mainly are all in 72.
Show Summary: The 1st set is high octane almost the whole time. I really enjoyed it. There is also a nice flow to this setlist that makes even the less than amazing songs fine. The 2nd set continues nicely, with a hick up at the Tomorrow is Forever. The DS was a bit too spacey for me at times, but overall very fulfilling. A.
Source Summary: Pretty damn good! 1st set is about a clear as it gets. 2nd set starts off with Jerry a bit low in the mix... too bad since its in GSET! After that there are no noticeable issues before entering the meat of the show, though Phil does saturate a bit in Tomorrow is Forever (simply adjust the EQ!). A.
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