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05/03/72 L’Olympia, Paris, France (Wed)
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Bertha [5:27] ;
Me And My Uncle [2:56] ;
Mr. Charlie [3:37] ;
Sugaree [6:41] ;
Black Throated Wind [5:34] ;
Chinatown Shuffle [2:29] ;
China Cat Sunflower [5:30] >
I Know You Rider [4:57] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [2:55] ;
He's Gone [7:05] ;
Next Time You See Me [4:29] ;
Playing In The Band (1) [10:33] ;
Tennessee Jed [7:08] ;
Good Lovin' [16:09] ;
Sing Me Back Home [8:37] ;
Casey Jones [5:#17]

Greatest Story Ever Told [4:34] ;
Ramble On Rose [5:58] ;
It Hurts Me Too [6:21] ;
Truckin' [10:37] >
Space (2) [6:45] >
The Other One (3) [10:04] >
Drums [3:32] >
The Other One Jam (4) [6:29] >
Space [6:10] >
Me And Bobby McGee [5:26] >
The Other One (5) [2:45] >
Wharf Rat [9:08] ;
Jack Straw [4:41] ;
Sugar Magnolia (6) [6:24] ;
Not Fade Away [5:01] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [6:38] >
Not Fade Away [2:34] ;
One More Saturday Night [4:45]

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Bertha
MAMU
Mr. Charlie
, having been sufficiently warmed up in the first two songs, Jerry nails his solo, and Pig is in good voice. Fun version.
Sugaree
BTW
Chinatown Shuffle
, Jerry is clearly enjoying the Pigpen songs today! Keith puts in a nice solo.
China>Rider, great transition, the segue into Rider is pretty much perfect. The Rider itself is also great, keeps up a nice rhythm and the vocal peaks are perfect.
BIODTL is actually one of the better ones I’ve heard, and like all of us, that’s a lot of them.
He’s Gone, great tempo.
Next Time You See Me, Jerry again excels in this blues rendition.
PITB, while not as long as those in the coming couple of years, this version is fully Jerry driven and enjoyable! The highlight of the set thus far! A nice bit of X Factor for the French. A+ version.
TN Jed, great! Keeps things in the X realm!
Good Lovin’, Pigpen does a lot of mumbling, rather incoherent Good Lovin’.
Sing Me Back Home
Casey Jones

GSET
is spot on, as usual, to bring the 2nd set in with a bang.
Ramble On
It Hurts Me Too
kind of messes up the momentum that had been gained, but there is a great Jerry solo.
Truckin>Space>TOO>Drums>TOO>Bobby McGee>TOO>Wharf Rat
Ah, the meat. The Truckin’ starts off slow, but they push the energy up here and it ends on a strong note. Out of the explosion this goes directly into a spacey segment, which doesn’t do a lot before lulling its way into TOO, which I think was listed prematurely on the release… still just space really. There are some Phil bombs just before the 9 minute mark, where they finally are fully on theme. It’s not a very exciting TOO up till the 10th minute where they achieve the tempo TOO is known for as they approach the verse. First they do another short detour into space before resuming energy and singing the verse. After a quick drum session Phil comes back out, to be followed by the rest shortly thereafter. TOO theme returns for some more jamming, and then Bill gets his break, but the tempo of this space stays up, making it quite enjoyable. It’s really mainly Jerry that pushes it, and his work here is great. Phil does deserve credit for supplying bombs are regular intervals to provide the loom in which Jerry wove. Nestled in nicely, Bobby McGee is sweet, and of course Billy is back. They then take a 3rd trip to TOO to close it out before Wharf Rat takes over almost immediately after the verse. Great little jam in here with Jerry floating on Phil and Billy’s dreamlike rhythm. Bob Weird deserves mention here as well, filling in aggressively, which drives the power.
Jack Straw is fun, more a psychedelic version than a hard rocker.
Sugar Magnolia
NFA>GDTRFB>NFA

Feeling motivated, Bob is ready to belt out another NFA. Pig’s organ is finally actually detectable, for perhaps the first time in the show. Jerome is on and this well-oiled machine of set rolls into GDTRFB, great version, leaving you feeling great.
OMSN
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Performance Summary
The 1st set is kind of hit and miss, with a stand out PITB. They play nicely, but the set isn’t really intense and the Good Lovin’ is a disaster. The 2nd set is much more consistent, with a nice psychedelic edge to a good portion of it. Blows 5/4 out of the water, to my ear… though Jerry would have disagreed apparently (he preferred 5/4!).

Sound Quality
A+ for official release.
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