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08/21/72 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA (Mon)

 
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(1) The Promised Land [2:53] (2) ;
He's Gone [8:06] ;
Black Throated Wind [6:21] (3) ;
Friend Of The Devil [3:31] ;
Jack Straw [4:43] ;
China Cat Sunflower [5:51] >
I Know You Rider [4:49] (4) ;
Me And My Uncle [3:03] (5) ;
Sugaree [6:40] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [3:03] (6) ;
Stella Blue [7:06] ;
(7) Playing In The Band [12:54] (8) ;
Brown Eyed Women [4:37] ;
Mexicali Blues [3:25] (9) ;
Casey Jones [#4:53] (10)

Greatest Story Ever Told [5:08] (11) ;
Ramble On Rose [5:55] ;
Dark Star [26:51] >
El Paso [4:32] >
Space [3:35] (12) >
Deal [4:34] ;
(13) Sugar Magnolia [7:23] (14) ;
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [7:25] ;
Uncle John's Band [5:55] ;
One More Saturday Night [4:34] (15)
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Promised Land comes roaring out after a short Billy Graham intro. Nice piano work in particular.
He’s Gone takes an unusual spot in the set list and is well executed.
Bobby pulls out a spirited and purdy much perfect BTW!
FOTD is twangy and fast. Keith is a little louder than I think he should be, but he puts in a great effort here, as does Bobby.
Jack Straw
China>Rider
, the first solo is through the roof with a massive Phil bomb and Jerry doubling up on some lightning scales. The transition jam is fun with a nice rhythm and early transition over to Rider, good Bobby! This is seeming to be somewhat of a Bobby night, actually. Keith and Jerry are also outstanding, hell, the whole team is! During Rider Jerry has some nice vibrato going adding yet more twang.
MAMU really knocked my socks off coming after the C>R! They were already on this show, and this put them through the stratosphere.
Sugaree
BIODTL
Stella
is performed to a T with more energy than usual. Great rendition with a nice crash down before “it all rolls into one”. The final jam is solid as well, A+ version of Stella Blue.
PITB comes strong as well. This is a shorter version, for the period, unfortunately… and Donna is so freaking obnoxious. Bobby must have been banging her to allow her to defile his song like this. The jam, however, is out of this world, short as it may be! They break through to ludicrous speed and everyone is on point at the same time, X factor.
BEW
Mexicali
is at hyperspeed as well, with Jerry again pulling out the double scales.
Casey Jones has a good amount of energy, and a cut.

GSET has to be up in the best ever renditions to blow the doors off the start of the 2nd set! A+ version.
Ramble On
Dark Star>El Paso>Space>Deal

This meat sequence has a Dark Star that keeps a nice tempo and thematic jam until after the 1st verse, when it pretty much collapses into space. It is a dark and creepy place, the jam picks up intensity though and isn’t a snoozing space. At the 16th minutes we get into what can no longer be considered space but exploratory jamming, my favorite. It reminds me of… nothing! It’s totally unique and Jerry kills it, you’ll feel like your tripping practically. Shortly before the 20 minute mark it heads back into a spacey feel. There is no Tiger in this one, as someone mentioned in a review. Jerry does try to do Dew, but the rest of the band declines his invitation, which is pretty funny and rare. Instead Jerry accepts their refusal and joins back into the energetic jamming that developed again. This slows back down and suddenly finds itself into a soft El Paso, more vocally pleasing than anything. It does pick up speed and intensity, but I prefer a more forward Garcia and a few more chances from Keith. It disappears unceremoniously into a space segment, which then somehow leads into Deal! Strange indeed. The Deal is the real deal.
Sugar Magnolia features yet more Garcia on point action.
Half-Step in its 6th rendition.
UJB>OMSN… false, there is a full stop. The UJB is really good!
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Performance Summary
This is one of those shows that has solid playing all the way through. It has some bells and whistles too boast as well (one of four Dark Star>El Paso, break out of “space”, if you want to consider it that)… You can’t lose with this one.

Sound Quality
A+, This is the only available source, and it’s about as good as you will find from the era.
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