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06/16/74 Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA (Sun)

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:23 pm    Post subject: 06/16/74 Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA (Sun) Reply with quote

06/16/74 Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA (Sun)
Recommended Source: Road Trips Vol 2, Number 3 has about half of the songs, including both meat sequences.
As for the SBD, it's no longer available on Archive, and not AUD are posted.

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Bertha ;
Mexicali Blues ;
Row Jimmy ;
Beat It On Down The Line ;
Scarlet ;
Black Throated Wind ;
Sugaree ;
El Paso ;
It Must Have Been The Roses ;
Jack Straw ;
China Cat >
I Know You Rider ;
Around And Around

U.S. Blues [5:18] ;
The Race Is On [2:52] ;
Eyes Of The World [16:37] >
Big River [6:55] ;
Playing In The Band [28:03]

Tennessee Jed [7:50] ;
Me And My Uncle [2:47] ;
Deal [5:32] ;
Greatest Story Ever Told [5:07] ;
Ship Of Fools [5:49] ;
Truckin' >
Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam >
Wharf Rat >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad

Encore: Casey Jones

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Bertha suffers from poor balance in the SBD, and poor playing. There are also cuts.
Mexicali, SQ is better here, and the energy is awesome. Jerry does some interesting trills with his guitar. He's basically rapidly throwing down double notes. The SQ then shits the bed again, and the drums and vox are all we get up front. Was this a Wall of Sound issue perhaps? Too many moving pieces theory?
Row Jimmy has Keith on the organ. Can't hear Phil & Bob well, by the end of the song we seem to have gained full SQ.
BIODTL
Scarlet Begonias
has a nice mellow tempo. Donna flow moans during the jam. The outro jam that will one day go into FOTM is nice.
BTW... ugh, Bob's voice is low in the mix. They just can't get it right! They do fix that before the song ends, and it ends off nicely.
Sugaree... ARGH! The sound drops out again. Then a cut.
El Paso, the piano needs tuning and Phil has a fit because the crowd won't be quiet so they can tune it. Ummmm. Anyhow, the song is fine, though Jerry misses a few points of noodle. I like Bob's distressed sounding singing.
Must Have Been the Roses hits the spot, finally the SQ is good.
Jack Straw gets to some Jerry fanning. Keith is on the organ.
China>Rider, ah, finally to some official release SQ. First jam builds up energy nicely. By the 8 minute mark we get into X-Factor as it switches gears into Rider with force. The Rider is a bit less than I would like.
Around x2 closes us out with force.

US Blues opens the 2nd with force.
Race is On, one of the best renditions of this song out there.
Eyes>Big River
Eyes
is super groovy, nice and long. The final jam before heading into the Mississippi is jazzy as it gets. In Big River Keith assumes the organ where he'd normally be on piano... not the best choice. Jerry and the rest of the gang make up the difference decently.
PITB starts strong, with Keith taking some really strange tone... not even classical artists would have touched the harpsichord tone he takes. By the 4 minute mark we're already in a gorgeous jam. Melodic and exploratory right out of the gate. Phil putting down some strong bass helps. That strange harpsichord is now awesomely creepy. The song turns toward space for several minutes, but gains more energy around the 15 minute mark, with the Tiger tone being assumed. At 16 the Tiger does leap out of the bushes and tear your face off. Just after the 22 minute mark we hit a short lived but awesome jam, this gets recalibrated back to the PITB them and this will lengthily return us to the reprise. Pretty good PITB, though pre-Tiger it did start getting a little snoozy for me. The crazed Tiger made it worth it!

TN Jed is back to the SBD source, sound issues are gone now. Keith should not use the organ on this one. Makes it sound like circus music. It does work well in the fantastic final jam!
MAMU
Deal
is great, sans the circus tone keys. Jerry is on fire. Strong finish.
GSET is raucus.
Ship of Fools features the Keith signature funeral home tone, perfect. Great stuff here.
Truckin>Nobody's Jam>Wharf Rat>GDTRFB
The meat sequence starts with a juicy Truckin, the explosion is great. Keith's tone is somewhat psychedelic, still, but he kind of misplays it a bit during the explosion, as though he were still playing piano. After the explosion this heads right into Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam. Around the 9 minute mark we get an interesting jam, with the MLB theme clearly in there. Wharf Rat finds its roots coming out of that jam in a great way. A powerful Wharf Rat with an extremely climactic ending washes up on the sodden shores of Goin' Down the Road. I mean, the song actually sounds drunk during the intro. This is in large part due to Bob's rhythm playing. It builds up energy nicely as well, very bluesy Jerry throughout. This meat sequence will entertain you, unless you are deaf.

Encore: Casey Jones = Fun times!
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Performance Summary
The first set... I can't get past the terrible sound issues that plague 1/2 the set. It was very frustrating, and not the band's fault. Once the SQ gets fixed, it's a pretty good set.
The rest of the show is solid as it gets. Classic stuff.

Sound Quality
Official release = A+
SBD starts off really rough. It doesn't get better until El Paso really, so maybe start the show there... definitely tune in to Phil freaking out before El Paso.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is another one that I had on cassette - great show. Love the Eyes-Big River and the Playin. Kinda forgot about this one, but it is definitely one of my go-to shows from 1974.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you have a decent SQ first set?
Seems like the source I have is pretty bad.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
Did you have a decent SQ first set?
Seems like the source I have is pretty bad.


No didn't have the First Set at all - just a 90 minute tape.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, well, yeah, that 2nd set is full of meat!

3rd set is pretty awesome too.
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