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March 24, 1973, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject: March 24, 1973, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA Reply with quote

First things first, Deadbase has been down for days...
I hope we haven't lost it.

March 24, 1973, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

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Bertha
Beat It On Down The Line
Don't Ease Me In
The Race is On
Cumberland Blues
Box Of Rain
Row Jimmy
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
Looks Like Rain
Wave That Flag
El Paso
Here Comes Sunshine

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Disc 1 of 2: [73:55]

End of Set One:
1. ...Here Comes Sunshine (2:29)
2. Me & Bobby McGee (6:17)
3. Loser (9:31)
4. Playin' In The Band (19:23)
Set Two:
5. Set II Intro (1:17)
6. Promised Land (3:14)
7. China Cat Sunflower -> (6:21)
8. Mud Love Buddy Jam -> (1:47)
9. I Know You Rider (6:38)
10. Big River (5:12)
11. Stella Blue (8:22)
12. Me & My Uncle (3:18)

Disc 2 of 2: [72:53]

1. He's Gone (13:43)
2. Truck...in' -> (9:48)
3. Spanish Jam -> (17:57)
4. Space -> (4:14)
5. Dark Star -> (3:59)
6. Sing Me Back Home (10:15)
7. Sugar Magnolia (9:05)
8: E: Johnny B. Goode (3:47)


Bertha has initial SQ issues, but irons out quickly.
BIODTL
Don't Ease Me In
The Race is On
rounds out a trifecta of fun but simple songs
Cumberland Blues has a nice energy level, with Garcia nailing his solos with the proper twang.
Box Of Rain is fun, and if you think Phil and Donna sing well you’ll really enjoy it. Garcia is lower in the mix.
Row Jimmy is rather slow, doesn’t do it for me.
Jack Straw decent.
They Love Each Other is where the set really starts sparking. Great tempo and you can tell Garcia was having fun with it.
Mexicali Blues comes out at ludicrous speed, the band having sped things up after TLEO. Jerry doesn’t miss a note as he jams through with that western sound. Awesome.
Tennessee Jed is a solid presentation, energy for the set has maintained. Jerry practically duels with himself during the jam, changing keys in the solo period as he goes from riff to riff. Bob joins him later on for that double guitar tone this song achieves when firing on all cylinders.
Looks Like Rain
Wave That Flag
is well done, Garcia’s guitar is a bit low.
El Paso is what we know we’re getting. Again, Garcia could be louder, I hope it is just the source, which is almost over.
Here Comes Sunshine is full of brightness as the group has fully gelled. Tempo is perfect, jamming coherent and structured, and vocals fine (not even Donna is particularly offensive).
Now for the new source.
Me & Bobby McGee, great rendition. This new source needed to be turned up a bit, but has less hiss. Comments show to expect some problems due to mold/water damage to master reels used to create this source.
Loser goes back and forth between slow and sweet, and interesting and not interesting.
Playin' In The Band does not pack the punch I would like. It sounds pretty, melodic, but not a driven, mind melt. You may now tar and feather me.

Set II Intro
Promised Land, SQ issue! Loud Bobby, low instruments! The song is plagued with SQ issues, probably due to the previously mentioned mold damage on the reels.
China Cat Sunflower -> MLB Jam(?) -> I Know You RiderChina comes out with a great energy, and sound issues seem to be resolved. We get into the transition and this thing is at full tilt. I love this transition, however, I think calling it an MLB jam is misleading. Bob, for one, never does the chord progression associated, and Jerry just does typical licks for this period. During Rider Bill y throws in some extra flourishes. Nice work.
Big River maintains all energy as expected.
Stella Blue takes a while to deliver a nice punch, but it does. I think this song is better places out of a mind melting jam so you can regroup.
Me & My Uncle has a bit more of a polka theme to it than I generally like, otherwise fine.
He's Gone has some nice buzz to it. There was a nice build up well before the vocal jam at 7 minutes in. Just after 10 we get the outro jam with a misstep in there. It quickly recovers and we have a nice bluesy jam.
Truckin' -> Jam> Spanish Jam -> Space -> Dark Star -> Sing Me Back Home
I consider it to have transitioned in Truckin, personally. There was no full break out of the silent ending of Gone we got the explosive intro of Truckin. Nice energy here, as to be expected in this solid 2nd set. The explosion build up at 5 minutes goes through the roof and the post-explosion jam is solidly fast yet bluesy. We leave the them and go into the 17 minute track called “Spanish Jam”, which is also misleading, because it isn’t for most of the track. A good portion of it is just Billy and Phil jamming. Jerry and the rest of the gang rejoin for some noodles, and then a couple of minutes later we get a solid Spanish Jam, starting around 11:50. Energetic and focused, this is one of the better Spanish Jams I have heard, and I love Spanish Jams. This is more remarkable as it is apparently the first Spain since 2/11/70! After this we journey into space and a short little Dark Star theme/verse chucked in for good measure.
Sing me back home welcomes us back to earth.
Sugar Magnolia = rockin’!

E: Johnny B. Goode = rockin’ encore!

Overall… it took a bit for the 1st set to get going, and it was still inconsistent. That being said, the HC Sunshine and Cumberland were clear highlights, but TLEO and TN Jed take the cake.
The 2nd set is a serious winner.
Great show, 5 stars overall.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm actually familiar with this one - the 2nd Set SBD was one of my prized cassettes back in the tape days. It was low gen and crystal clear..the whole Gone-Truckin sequence is awesome, and the drumming in China-Rider is kick ass.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice revview from a kick ass show. Are you planning to review 3/16/73 or maybe yyou already have.?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fillmoreeast wrote:
nice revview from a kick ass show. Are you planning to review 3/16/73 or maybe yyou already have.?

Yes, 3/16/73 is on the list to review!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
fillmoreeast wrote:
nice revview from a kick ass show. Are you planning to review 3/16/73 or maybe yyou already have.?

Yes, 3/16/73 is on the list to review!
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