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06/18/74 Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky. (Tue)

 
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06/18/74 Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky. (Tue)
Recommended Source: Road Trips Volume 2 Number 3, when applicable. Otherwise gd1974-06-18.89690.

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The Promised Land [3:16] ;
It Must Have Been The Roses [5:03] ;
Black Throated Wind [6:41] ;
Ramble On Rose [6:13] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [3:17] ;
Loser [6:29] ;
Mexicali Blues [3:09] ;
Eyes Of The World [15:16] >;
China Doll [5:54] ;
Around And Around [5:12]

Loose Lucy [5:01] ;
El Paso [4:04] ;
Row Jimmy ;
Weather Report Suite Prelude [1:21] >;
Weather Report Suite Part 1 [4:37] >;
Let It Grow [8:54] >;
Jam [10:46] >;
The Other One [19:17] >;
It's A Sin Jam >;
Stella Blue [8:10] ;
Big River ;
Tennessee Jed ;
Sugar Magnolia

Encore Morning Dew [12:13]

Comments: only "It's A Sin Jam"

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Promised Land is not from the official release and starts off with massive sound issues! They are mainly ironed out quickly, and the balance is almost right by the end of the song.
IMHBTR, the balance issues are still pretty bad, unfortunate for a song that needs the vox to be there.
BTW, and during another vox focused song, they get it fixed. Strong guitar work during the finale.
Ramble On
BIODTL
Loser
Mexicali
is fun.
Eyes>China Doll
The Eyes starts off in a nice rhythm, then slows down a bit right away as Keith attempts to play lounge riffs. Jerry won't let him bring it down though and forces funkiness back into it. Jerry keeps forcing the issue, and eventually prevails, as Keith puts some more emphasis into his playing. A great Eyes of the World results. During the 7 minute stretch Jerry does attempt to go into a Slipknot, but then aborts, instead waiting for the jam to develop a bit more before hitting the theme later in the 8th minute, though again it never fully opens up. The jam in the 12th minute is great, though the return again and again to the Slipknot outro theme is somewhat disrupting, I wish they had let it keep going unabated. A somber China Doll finished the duo out nicely.
Around x2 allows Bobby to get his rock star on.

Loose Lucy doesn't really do it for me, but you can see the bluesy direction that Jerry and Keith are headed in to start the 2nd set.
El Paso is great, energetic, just what the doctor ordered.
Row Jimmy = boring
WRS>LIG>Jam>TOO>It's a Sin Jam>Stella Blue
It's been a while since I've listened to this fabled meat sequence, so I'm going in with a virtually clean slate. The prelude and part I of WRS are well done, and Jerry is in great tone, as is Bob (both vocally and on guitar). LIG proves the same, with some nice noodles. The outro jam features a nice, melodious noodle entree, with Billy going out of his mind. Jerry takes a minute to figure out where he is going next, laying low, and the real departure takes place around 1 minute into the "jam" track. This jam stays pretty mellow until about the 6 minute mark when there is somewhat of a return to the LIG theme. Phil finally moves things forward with a strategic bombing run into TOO. Things get weird quickly after the verse is complete, to great effect, then falling into deep space before the 6 minute mark of the track... the jam is almost Orbital, and I realize this is well before the orbital era, but I believe Ned is out there adding some serious weirdness, which by the 10th minute is clearly headed to the outer reaches of the universe. It then finds a jazzy form around 12 minutes in, and Jerry begins back into recognizable notes. It's a Sin finds a natural home in this, bringing the jazz more into the Blues, and then they emerge with Stella Bluesssssss.
Big River is as fun as they come, nice Jerry with flourishes of noodles to groove you.
TN Jed is a nice psychedelic ride to end Jerry's vox to the set, great build up at the end with everyone fully in synch.
Sugar Magnolia

Encore: Morning Dew
has a strong opening note from Phil, and Jerry's subsequent intro is perfect. Well performed, it is a nice send off to a fantastic show.
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Performance Summary
The first set, while mainly enjoyable, is a bit inconsistent, though the Eyes>China Doll is a solid effort. The second set has some trouble with consistency as well, though the creative energy you find makes up for it more, in particular during the famous meat sequence.

Sound Quality
At the start of the 1st set, the circulating source is pretty rough, which likely explains why the whole show wasn't turned into an official release. The official release and remainder of the circulating material is fine.
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