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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:00 pm    Post subject: 09-09-72 Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Ca. Reply with quote


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1: Promised, Sugaree, Me & My Uncle, Bird Song, B. T. Wind, Tennessee Jed, Mexicali, Deal, Playin, Loser, Johnny B. Goode
2: China Cat> I Know You Rider, FOTD, Jack Straw, He's Gone> Truckin> Drums> Other One, Stella Blue, El Paso, Casey Jones, Sugar Magnolia
E: Saturday Night


Set 1
(1: Promised, Sugaree, Me & My Uncle, Bird Song, B. T. Wind, Tennessee Jed, Mexicali, Deal, Playin, Loser, Johnny B. Goode)
Promised Land comes right out of the gates ready to rock and roll. No sound problems really, decent quality... maybe Jerry's guitar could be a bit louder. Keith is loud and proud.
As the previous show, the PL opener is followed up by my darlin' Sugaree. Also like the previous show, it is nothing special, just moves along at a medium pace.
Keeping with the rotation... MAMU is next, again, played at the previous show in this position. Cowboy songs were just great during this period, and this is no exception.
Bird Song is the first change, though it is was also played at the aforementioned show, as was the song it replaces in this position... so. Anyhow, this is our first look at some real jamming for the evening. Once again the real action starts after the "fake me out stoppage"... I am glad they got rid of that. The jamming after the chorus that follows is nice, Bobby is putting in some good work to support Jerome. Jerry really does one solo, and they call it a song. A bit shorter than I prefer, generally.
BTW was another song at both shows... setlist variety anyone? No. Anyhow, its a nice one, Bobby is in good voice, which is key. He gets pretty animated, and this song is clearly the first really bright spot in the set.
So, another song, previously mentioned, from the previous show... TN Jed. Another standard rendition, thought the final jam is a nice tidbit... too bad the first cut of the night takes place during its climax!
Mexicali Blues hits the spot.
Deal follows up in fine fashion, with a great Jerome solo at the 2:30 mark.
Let the fun really begin! PITB. Of course, Bobby's singing of this song, during this time period, usually meant he and Donna would compete to see who could sing in a more obnoxious fashion, and usually Donna wins. On this one, it is a clear tie. Thankfully, I come for the jamming, and this one has it. Jerry is of course the leader, with Phil doing some great stuff. Keith and Bobby take rather a back seat, and Billy is doing fine, but not at his peak. This is really all about Jerry & Phillip Leshter Bangs. At about the 12 minute mark things really progress into the outer limits, and the exploratory jamming then mellows out into something nice and smooth, where Keith finds his in. After that they build up speed again, and Keith stays with them for a second, but drops into the background again pretty quickly. Then the song winds down and Donna screams...
Loser comes through just in time to chill you out, if Donna's screaming had just turned your awesome PITB trip/jam/space exploration mission into a building's ledge and a belief in your ability to fly. The solo is great, but in the end the previous show's Loser has this one beat by a mile.
JBG. For those of you keeping track... they have not played one song not played during the previous show, but at least this one was played in the 2nd set of that show, and this one is a 1st setter. It rocks.

Set 2
(China Cat> I Know You Rider, FOTD, Jack Straw, He's Gone> Truckin> Drums> Other One, Stella Blue, El Paso, Casey Jones, Sugar Magnolia
E: Saturday Night)

China Cat Sunflower comes on the scene large and in charge, a GREAT way to open the set. The energy is flowing, everyone is on. We hit the transition and you can hear pretty early on this will be a full fledged, americana Rider. It loses a little steam, but is still nice. There is some annoying feedback during the vox at times. Some huge Phil Bombs at the end.
Friend of the Devil comes on after some tuning. It is very mellow, yet with a good tempo. Pure western funk right here, the tempo picks up as though it were a train gaining speed, and this is a very twangy effort.
Jack Straw keeps us in cowboy mode. Nice noodles develop. Just a nice way to prelude the meat of the show.
He's Gone had some annoying popping noises... I wonder if that was just my overworked computer though. No complaints about the music though. It was at a medium pace, as opposed to some of the slow as molasses version in the later years. Phil very prominent.
Truckin' is high energy. The post-lyric jamming is great, and Keith keeps them rolling along, Bobby plays a critical role, and Jerry does what I like to call "whale calls", which is a latter day Bobby technique... I guess now we know where he might have gotten it from (not that Bob learning from Jerry is really a shocking discovery). In the end I would call this a feisty version. After the 11 minute mark it is full on exploration before going back into the chorus... and having a total meltdown afterward which leads to... slight notes of TOO start to appear before a quick drum break. I don't really get the point to 2-3 minute drum solos...
TOO drops in with some Phil Bombage. The jammage is great too, awesome stuff here. Still within the exploratory range. It starts getting spacey at about the 7 minute mark, where it loses some steam, but stays pretty. It grows stranger and stranger, Jerry is just letting this thing go wherever it needs to go... serving simply as a conduit almost. At about 10:45 you'd better buckle the seat belt if you are driving, because you will probably loose control of your motor skills. The first verse appears at the 12 minute mark, making driving safe again. After this it gets a bit spacier than I prefer, for a bit longer than I prefer. It is rather Seastoney... Around 27 minutes we start returning from Space... that was a long journey. Phil is poking around here and there, with Bobby accenting. I guess Jerry was backstage for a minute? Anyhow, he comes back out, and they go through the 2nd verse, but nothing really memorable.
After a complete stop, we head into Stella. Normally I would say, hey, great call, cool the audience down after that fantastic voyage... but the aimless space for 20 minutes of TOO already cooled me down at least. It is a decent Stella.
El Paso comes next with a little less steam than I prefer. It is a pretty effort though I prefer more tempo to it, to convey the desperation of the story teller/singer better.
Casey Jones drives some energy back into the set. Then we get the standard rocker/closer...
Sugar Magnolia... its just what you would expect. Everyone enjoys it.
Encore: OMSN on this Saturday night.



Show Summary: The first set is nothing special... almost exactly the same as the previous shows, but in better sound quality, and seemingly lower performance levels, though the BTW and PITB are sweeter in this show. The second set has some great moments, I would say the Truckin' and the first part of TOO are the best of those, and the China Cat is also noteworthy. The latter part of TOO is good for those of you who voted for spacey.

Overall, I would give this show a B, the previous show was better in general, though it had worse sound quality.

Source Summary: Pretty damn good SBD in the beginning, no real problems of which to speak. 1st set gets an A, as does the 2nd, considering it was 36 years ago.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally finished this review. It was hard for me because it was almost the same songs (just not as many... you could have basically dissected this show out of the previous show) as the last show (9/3)... I had to take it in bits and pieces with other stuff in between.
9/10/72 coming soon to a theater near you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if some Deadhead who followed them from Boulder to LA was like - fuck!
another Promised>Sugaree>Uncle and all those other repeats - maaaan..the Dead are gettin stale!! I liken that opening trio to Bucket>Sugaree>Walkin' Blues of the late 80's early 90's. Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update:
This show now has a Miller SBD "re-master" of the source I listened to...

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