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09/10/74 Alexandra Palace, London, England (Tue)

 
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09/10/74 Alexandra Palace, London, England (Tue)
Recommended Source: Dickís Picks 7 cherry picked this show. The SBD is no longer available due to official release. Deadlists.com mentions a very good AUD in circulation, but it isnít available at archive.

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Around And Around [4:42] ;
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [8:13] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [3:09] ;
Peggy-O [6:15] ;
Black Throated Wind [6:43] ;
Tennessee Jed ;
Mexicali Blues ;
China Cat Sunflower [9:30] >
I Know You Rider [4:#49] ;
Loser [6:22] ;
Weather Report Suite Prelude [1:21] >
Weather Report Suite Part 1 [4:39] >
Let It Grow [11:50] >
Stella Blue [7:#52]

Seastones

Me And My Uncle [2:44] ;
Dire Wolf [4:14] ;
Not Fade Away [15:36] ;
Ramble On Rose [4:#54] ;
Big River [4:37] ;
Dark Star [30:53] >
Morning Dew [12:37] ;
Sugar Magnolia [6:#19]

Encore: U.S. Blues [5#:10]

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Around x2 struggles with SQ, fixed by the end.
Half-Step is quite twangy and snappy, with Jerry crushing his solos.
BIODTL
Peggy-O
was a bit slower than I would like.
BTW has a strong finale, as they generally do. Nice energy builder in that way for this set.
TN Jed is missing!
Mexicali is missing!
China>Rider is superb. The transition is really well done, they try out something of a new spin on the rhythm of it. The end of the transition is the strongest moment, with some X. Those long 74 C>Rs! Strong finish too.
Loser has nice Bobby action in the beginning. Itís a slow song, but I felt like they could have pepped it up a bit more.
WRS>Let it Grow>Stella Blue
WRS>LIG
doesnít start off as strong as I would like at this point. It does recovery nicely, by the 10th minute of the single track as per the official release. Bob is doing nice work behind Jerryís noodles, and Phil stands out. By the 11th minute Jerry has pushed us into fanning and noodling scales, the band is really alive here. Bob takes his cue to jump out there. At the end there is a more mellowed out jam. Bob does some nice fanning under Jerry here, and that pushes the energy back up a bit. They then slow this down to sink into Stella Blue after some final notes of the WRS/LIG theme. A mellow end to the set.

Seastones is missing.

MAMU is a nice way to break into the set.
Dire Wolf is entirely too slow!
NFA has a great tempo, which surprises me after the slow Dire Wolf. Itís nice and long, full of good jams and Garcia. It actually goes on a bit too long at some point, because itís so focused of a jam it gets repetitious.
Ramble On suffers a small cut.
Big River is fun as always.
Dark Star>ĒSpamĒ Jam>Dew
The intro goes into a nice groovy jam. Itís wavering between focused and exploratory by 4 minutes in, with a nice rhythm to it. This rhythm slowly fades and by 6 minutes in weíre bordering spacey from within the realms of exploratory. After 7 minutes the tempo picks up in a jam bordering on lunacy for a bit, then just going to a jazz jam before going back into full spaciness after 15 minutes in. They head into the theme for the verse around 20 minutes in.
The Jam after the Verse? Lookout! Lunacy definitely ensues, and Jerry goes for the Tiger. Like many from 74, these are hyper-speed Tigers! Itís great stuff here. Not sure why they called it the ďSpam JamĒ but itís fully furious. Keith pushes out a nice keyboard rhythm behind it, and Jerry latches onto it. This should be called the ďIím going cuckoo jamĒ, itís intense! Bob adds to the chaosÖ then it stops and falls into space. The Morning Dew that ensues starts off with a funky rhythm that I found to be misplaced, however, it builds into the monster it should be, with another fine crashdown! Great Dew, it does what itís supposed to do!
Sugar Magnolia cuts in SSDD.

Encore: US Blues
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Performance Summary
A mixed bag here. The 1st set takes a while to get started, has some nice momentsÖ but between the inconsistency and SQ issues I was less than floored. The 2nd set is pretty awesome, but again, inconsistent. The meat sequence is not inconsistent and ends with a Dew thatíll rip the remains of your face off (whatever the Tiger in Dark Star missed).

Sound Quality
The 1st set starts off terribly, but it gets ironed out mainly by the end of Promised Land. After that, the SQ is fine. The rest of the show is sprinkled with bits from Dickís Picks 7.
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