07-18-72 Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, N.J. (Tue)(DEADBASE.COM HAS THIS TERRIBLY IN THE WRONG ORDER)
Bertha [6:04]; Me And My Uncle [3:01]; Bird Song [8:37]; The Promised Land [3:00]; Sugaree [7:07]; Black Throated Wind [5:59]; China Cat Sunflower [7:10]>I Know You Rider [5:31]; Jack Straw [4:52]; Loser [6:32]; Beat It On Down The Line [3:14]; Stella Blue [7:36]; El Paso [4:33]; Casey Jones [6:25]
Playing In The Band [14:24]; Brown Eyed Women [4:23]; Tennessee Jed [7:43]; Truckin' [13:46]> Dark Star [28:40] >Comes A Time [6:36]; Sugar Magnolia [7:56]
Ramble On Rose [6:04]; Greatest Story Ever Told [4:50]; Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [6:37#]; Sing Me Back Home [8:58]; Not Fade Away [5:31] >Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [7:25] >Not Fade Away [3:03]
Encore: One More Saturday Night
Bertha cuts in with somewhat warbly SQ. The song itself is nice, good energy.
MAMU, one of the most played songs, and generally a pleaser. No exception here. Like El Paso, I enjoy how Jerry plays along under Bobby's singing.
Bird Song is great, nice tempo, driven guitar work by Jerry.
Promised Land rocks.
Sugaree features a deliberate Jerry. I like it, but it kind of slowed things down, but it wasn't due to lack of energy so that was ok.
BTW comes with power and is also deliberate. Great version!
China Rider, the first solo lets us know we're in for a good ride, the 2nd confirms it. Transition time is great, bebopping back and forth as we get ready to move to the train. No sizzling noodles in here, but again with the deliberate notes from Jerry. Great Rider to finish up the combo.
Jack Straw, pretty nice early version.
Loser starts with great opening notes right out of the close of Straw. Again, everything is well played, but it's missing that umph, so far, in some way I can't put my finger on.
Stella Blue, again, deliberate.
El Paso, Jerry's noodling strongly under Bobby's singing, Bill provides the rhythm. It's finally registered to me that Phil seems a bit low. Turn him up.
Casey Jones fulfill set closing requirements.
PITB, right from the get go tempo is driven, they go [CENSORED] into jamming right out of the lyrics. Mind blown around the 10 minute mark, before they signal a return to the lyrics... solid.
Jed the payoff jam here really gets the bills paid, Jerry is all over it. X factor achieved.
Truckin>Dark Star>Comes a Time, the meat. In Truckin we get out of the lyrics for the first jam with tons of steel behind us, the nice tempo never lets down. You better believe the finale was just as awesome after the last verse. We actually don't get the typical explosion part, because it drives right off the cliff into a spacier place which takes us into Dark Star.
Dark Star will not disappoint. It pokes into all sorts of interesting places with a good pace. You have to "wait" until after the 15 minute mark before they head back into the theme and then the first verse. Starting around 20 minutes Jerry and Phil do some great teamwork, and then after 21 we get the first stirrings of the Tiger, which goes away for a second, and then after 22 comes back with a vengeance and Jerry unleashes the full beast!
After such an explosion, I'm fully ready for a somber Comes a Time. Love this song. This meat sequence is A+.
Ramble On, not what I would open a set with. Still, they work it and keep good energy.
GSET would be my choice to open. It rarely, if ever, disappoints in this era. This isn't a failure.
1/2 Step>Sing Me Back Home, the 1/2 Step delivers the good, Garcia style. This is one of the better ones I've heard from the period. Donna, gak!
While I'm not typically a fan of Sing Me Back Home, this one resonates with me. The deliberate strokes of the 1st set are well suited here, and the rest of the bad is right where they need to be (other than Bob, who has been largely difficult to hear the entire show). Donna, gak!
NFA>GDTRFB>NFA, the typical closer of 72, closes the show in style.
E: OMSN, every night. This one is missing, but we get the idea...
Overall, an A- show, definitely hit up the Truckin>Dark Star>Tiger>Comes a Time segment if nothing else!