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1972/05/26 Strand Lyceum, London, England (Fri)

 
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1972/05/26 Strand Lyceum, London, England (Fri)
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The Promised Land [2:49] (1) ;
Sugaree [7:09] ;
Mr. Charlie [3:37] ;
Black Throated Wind [6:03] ;
Loser [6:21] ;
Next Time You See Me [4:24] (2) ;
El Paso [4:29] (3) ;
Dire Wolf [3:55] ;
The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) [7:09] (4) ;
Playing In The Band [17:28] ;
He's Gone [8:26] ;
Cumberland Blues [5:03] ;
Jack Straw [4:54] ;
Chinatown Shuffle [2:30] ;
China Cat Sunflower [6:28] >
I Know You Rider [4:55] (5) ;
Not Fade Away [6:28] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [6:57] >
Not Fade Away [2:44]

Truckin' [12:35] (6) >
The Other One [27:16] >
Morning Dew [9:37] >
The Other One [5:42] >
Sing Me Back Home [10:35] ;
Me And My Uncle [3:01] ;
Ramble On Rose [6:06] ;
Sugar Magnolia [[7:55] ;
Casey Jones [6:25]

Encore: One More Saturday Night [4:45]

(1) Weir: thank You. (2) Before Dire Wolf Weir: there's an inordinate amount of confusion going on here. (3) Weir: thank You. (4) Pigpen: thank you. (5) 3:02 Jam between China and Rider. (6) Weir: thank you, we're gonna take a short break and we'll be back in just a few minutes and we will see you then. (8) Before Me & My Uncle Weir: Billy exercised the drummer's prerogative last time this one came up and said veto. But this time he's been overruled. Bill K.(faintly): I think we've done this one twice. Weir: If we've already done this one tonight let us know.

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Promised Land kicks off the final E72 show with a nice energy, typical of the shows played in London.
Sugaree, Pigpen on the organ is a nice addition here. A cohesive version.
Mr. Charlie
BTW
, A+ version here, everyone is synch and it has a nice energy, no overzealous Bobby singing (he doesn’t crack his voice by screaming).
Loser, Bob and Jerry both do amazing work on the guitar here, with Phil & Keith accenting.
Next Time You See Me, Garcia turns in a great performance here.
El Paso, A+ version with Garcia and Keith punctuating and Billy rising to the occasion in each of the climaxes.
Dire Wolf keeps things in the fun zone! I love how Garcia gets into the lyrics of this song, and the emphasis he puts on “meeeeee”… Nice solo as well.
Two Souls… way to kill the momentum Pigpen.
PITB, longest of the tour I believe. Momentum regained, and the jam starts off nicely, not a driven pace, but again quite cohesive, which leads to beauty. At 9 minutes in they add some more energy to the otherwise great jam, and things really take off as Jerry weaves his way through the song. 12 minutes in they take a step back, reloading before a nice drift back into the theme for the reprise. A great, exploratory PITB.
He’s Gone
Cumberland Blues
, hell yeah Jerome.
Jack Straw, great version, really puts you out on the open plain.
Chinatown Shuffle maintains the momentum.
China>Rider has nice Phil bombs leading us to the between verses solo, building a nice entry to the segue jam. Great work here.
NFA>GDTRFB>NFA is a nice sequence to finish out the first set, even if it left them holding the bag for the second set close haha. Nice energy in the NFA, with a slightly ABB sound to it even! GDTRFB’s jam session is plenty psychedelic with great Bobby behind Jerry, the keys are both doing well, drums too. Great sequence to close the set off.

Truckin’>TOO>Drums>TOO>Sing Me
Truckin’
comes out truckin’! Keith puts in some great early work. The energy is pretty nice through the lyrics, but the jam after it slows down into a more tradition blues approach with the first hints of TOO coming after the 10 minute mark, at which point it also speeds up a bit, then falls into a slower, exploratory jam still somewhere between the TOO and Truckin’ themes. There is a nice piece starting around 14 minutes in that though it doesn’t have a name is pretty consistent, there are hints of Dark Star in there actually. Things slow down, Phil gets a moment, and drops the rolling thunder intro to TOO. Even TOO has some Dark Star hints to it. We get a short drum solo, then some Jerry added in, then with a dash of Phil, this makes up the first “TOO” per the labelling on E72. We then get another drum solo. They sing the verse after a short re-entry to TOO, and it falls into space, and again I think Jerry is thinking Dark Star… anyhow, it’s too slow for my blood. It doesn’t pick back up until shortly before the 7 minute mark, where it appears to be on a course for the Tiger. Instead they maintain momentum and go closer to TOO’s theme, only for Jerry to hint again at the Tiger, though he doesn’t take unleash. They go heavy exploratory, quite effectively, with nice power behind it before Dew emerges. Solid Garcia throughout is capped by a fanning finale where the Dew does what the Dew is supposed to do… And they have to finish TOO after all! Another 5 minutes of TOO brings us an on a dime transition to Sing Me Back Home.
MAMU, prior to this we get a minor revolt by Billy, he apparently didn’t want to play it! He was overruled.
Ramble On
Sugar Magnolia
Casey Jones


Encore is just one more OMSN for the Euros… on a Sunday.
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Performance Summary
This was the only E72 show I had a complete copy of on cassette back in the day, and I didn’t have the compilation “Europe 72”, so this was my only real E72 representation in my early GD days. The playing is consistently tight, nuanced and trippy. The second set meat sequence actually suffers from slowness at a few points, but the set is strong. 1st set is better than the 2nd, to my ears.

Sound Quality
He’s Gone seems to have either some weird effect, or some warble, otherwise stellar official release.
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