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Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:40 am Post subject: 12/15/72 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA (Fri)
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The Promised Land ;
Black Throated Wind [6:45] ;
Tennessee Jed [7:27] ;
El Paso [4:10] ;
Big River ;
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider ;
Box Of Rain [#4:07] ;
Mexicali Blues [3:10] ;
Brown Eyed Women [3:44] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [3:01] (1) ;
Loser [6:30] ;
Playing In The Band [18:43] ;
Casey Jones [5#:04]
Greatest Story Ever Told [#4:26] ;
Deal [4:21] ;
Me And My Uncle [2:51] ;
He's Gone [15:41] (2) ;
Truckin' [11:37] (3) >
Dark Star [21:#24] (4) >
Morning Dew [12:39] ;
Sugar Magnolia [7:54]
Encore: Johnny B. Goode [3:40]
Promised Land is cut. We get in just in time for the final solo, which is rather slow.
Sugaree is slow and sultry, rather country sounding rather than psychedelic.
BTW. Bobbyís vocals are unfortunately low in the mix, plus heís bungling lyrics. In fact, there must have been some damage to the tapes, because I only hear Jerryís guitar and Bobís voice clearly. Finally we get the drummer a bit, but I canít hear Phil. This is corrected by the end, but the damage was done.
TN Jed is slow with a decent finale.
El Paso has a few different twists, from Jerome.
Candyman has an unfortunate cut, we miss some solo. Itís rather slow, a theme for the evening.
Big River brings some much needed energy.
China>Rider is pretty good but not great. There is a SQ issue during the transition but itís short and relatively harmless.
Box of Rain has them finally firing to relatively full potential.
Mexicali maintains high energy.
BEW is well performed.
Loser was well done, the set maintains energy heading into the main event.
PITB has a cut that takes us straight into the beginning of the jam. The boys really keep things interesting, with Jerry noodling and wah wahing in interesting successions. He later assumes a watery tone, and keeps things mellow while Keith plinks about behind him. He loses this tone and becomes much more aggressive. The return to theme finds the watery tone again. Nice PITB, some new, unique twists.
Casey Jones chugs to the finish line.
GSET is nice and wah wah, but the energy is down from where it could be. This may be a source issue, somewhat muted maybe, but I think itís just the show. Keith pushes Jerry to a higher level at the end.
Deal, coming off the resurrected end of GSET, is fine.
Gone has a great outro that keeps rolling for a few minutes (the usual archive timer isnít showing up!)
The jam out of Truckiní gets weird almost immediately, nice stuff with Phil putting some psychedelia into the show, pushing Jerry into the weird zone. They touch into Dark Star land quickly, with Keith and Jerry driving the intensity. Billy is a bit too low. It settles down and they head into the theme, still no timings on this goÖ sorry. The DS does descend into Tiger antics, out of a spacey period. Phil does some interesting work behind the scenes here, it is creepy time. Keith plays chopsticks for a second like a doltÖ Jerry saves us from this by pushing the energy, the Tiger now lurking nearby. The Tiger never strikes from the bushes, but stays nearby for a good while. Instead Dew arises from slowly and sweetly from the jungle, led by Jerry but with Keith playing poignantly. Itís a haunting version for a while, with a strong send off finale to end the meat sequence.
They encore us off with a fine JBG
The first set took a while to find its footing, not really achieving consistency until the Box of Rain. The second set is pretty good, with the meat sequence clearly stealing the spotlight.
B, for the period. There are cuts and other issues, hiss is really low, so that helps.
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