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05-26-73 Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, Ca. (Sat)

 
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05-26-73 Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, Ca. (Sat)
1: Promised, Deal, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Race Is On, Sugaree, Mexicali, Row Jimmy, L. L. Rain, TLEO, Playin
2: H. C. Sunshine, El Paso, Loser, BIODTL, You Ain't Woman Enough, Box Of Rain, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Big River, Bertha, Around
3: Half Step, Me & My Uncle, He's Gone> Truckin> Other One> Eyes> China Doll, Sugar Magnolia E: Casey Jones

afternoon concert - billing: GD; NRPS; Waylon Jennings


Set 1
The Promised Land starts of with minor tech difficulties. Bob sounds cheesy, and is too up front.
Deal finales with strong Keith and Jerry belting out the lyrics passionately.
Jack Straw is well done, nothing remarkable here.
Tennessee Jed features a super weird jam before the final verse. Not packed with energy, other than that little crescendo.
The Race Is On
Sugaree finishes strongly after a slow, slinking approach.
Mexicali Blues is a much needed injection of energy! Garcia has a different, sassy tone that I enjoyed.
Row Jimmy keeps a nice tempo and deliberance to it.
Looks Like Rain is decent enough, for a song I don't like. It's almost studio like for most of it, though Jerry does take a few chances.
They Love Each Other is fucking great! Jerry is all over solo early, and the tempo is perfect. I wish they had kept it to this tempo in later years. A+ version. Just in time for PITB they really got their act together.
Playing In The Band starts a bit sloppy, but I don't care. Jerry assumes the 1972 tone. The playing is more reminiscent of what we got in the "Grateful Dead Movie". Quite exploratory, while lacking umph. Things pick up before the 12 minute mark, and strangeness ensues, for less than a minute, then back into a spacier place. It settles into a nice little jam, structured, almost somewhere near an MLB, but clearly not MLB. Jerry actually hits PITB themed notes in succession. Keith plays a nice subtle part in the background with an almost euphoric tone.A nice PITB, but not one of the best, it couldn't seem to find its groove. I bailed before Donna ruined it for me.

Set 2
Here Comes Sunshine comes out with a nice tempo and is quite groovy, which may be more of the theme of the show than full. This definitely has more energy than most of the PITB, and seems more cohesive. Sometimes you just need a little intermission I guess.
El Paso, Keith was motivated, a bit overpowering at times (drowning out Garcia). Nice energy though.
Loser is great, with deliberate Jerry. No massive rush to power at the end, but nice Garcia guitar punctuation during the second to final verse.
Beat It On Down The Line ensures energy sustains before...
You Ain't Woman Enough makes me hate Donna even more than ever, which I didn't think was possible.
Box Of Rain was well played, nothing remarkable.
China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider starts off with a nice tempo and a very crisp Bobby riff. Jerry is all over the solos here. When we get to the transition we also get a poor patch. Can't blame the tapers, it was over 4 hours of show! The patch is short and we get a focused jam that builds its way toward the promise of the Train, but slows down instead. The finale jam starts with Bob and Jerry getting fully psychedelic and pushes quickly into X factor territory... out of nowhere into that! It's short, and they end with the final chorus and the unceremonious outro jam.
Big River brings the goods, as usual. Again we achieve X.
Bertha features solid Jerry.
Around And Around is exactly what you expect from this era, a powerhouse closing song. Again, Keith might be a litttle overwhelming at times.

Set 3
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo hits the nail on the opening head of this show.
Me And My Uncle is a further injection of adrenaline before we get to the meat sequence, nice stuff here.
He's Gone> Truckin'> The Other One Jam> Phil And Billy> Bass Solo>Phil And Billy> The Other One> Eyes Of The World> China Doll
Gone is great, nice tempo that keeps things moving along, and then Truckin along!
Energy is just where you want it to be, and with the knowledge this will be heading into TOO, you know it's going to maintain that edge. Garcia provides tons of power and noodles as they continue along. Phil does drop his bombs for us, and it's a great ride to a coming smoking crater. There would be a stop on the ride first, Phil & Billy mostly, with a small Phil only portion. It goes right back into awesome after the solo/duo. Another unfortunate cut, but it's not that bad, just hollow sounding. Around thirteen minutes in it gets really exploratory yet energetic and spring and after the fourteenth minute Jerry flirts with the Tiger. The tiger creeps outside in the bushes, while Keith again hits his euphoric tone, would the listener fall unprepared to the lurking Tiger? The tiger never strikes, and as the music dies into silence...
Eyes strums into the vacant space. Another great Eyes here, no secret about that. The second verse jam features more of that magical two guitar action we tasted momentarily in the end of Rider earlier in the show. This means yet more X Factor.
China Doll rounds out the meat with class.
Sugar Magnolia takes that class and slam dunks it into the trash. Fully blown out, rocking rolling version.

Encore
Casey Jones - YES! No One More Saturday Night!

Overall impressions...
The first set, while it has some great stuff, lacks consistency. The TLEO is the highlight.
The second and third sets are fully enjoyable and engaging. Eyes is a highlight, as are all the "rockers". Truckin is another hilite.

Don't miss this show... hell, who hasn't heard it by now?
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