5/4/72 - Thursday
1: Greatest, Deal, Mr. Charlie, BIODTL, B. E. Women, Chinatown Shuffle, Playin, You Win Again, Hurts Me Too, He's Gone, El Paso, Big RxR Blues, Two Souls, Casey Jones
2: Good Lovin, Next Time, Ramble On, Jack Straw, Dark Star> Drums> Dark Star> Sugar Magnolia, Sing Me Back Home, Mexicali, Big Boss Man, Uncle John, NFA> GDTRFB> NFA
E: Saturday Night
Short review of a relatively long show.
Greatest starts off greatly, no SQ issues (thanks E72 Box Set!). Wah wah in full effect, and Jerry jams it out nicely. Energy is high from the start.
Deal follows up nicely, with some gambling twang to the guitar.
Mr C, while admittedly not a big fan, it is pretty good. Jerry puts in some fine, bluesy solo work.
BEW is a little slower than I would like, pre-rearrangement style.
PITB starts of beautifully, perfect playing. Energy is a bit lower than I would like at the beginning, I'm sure Donna will fix that though. This was the nascent period to the jam vehicle that it would become, clocking in at about 10 minutes. They still manage to get a great, thematic jam in. It's pretty solid, reminds me of an 80s version, actually, because it doesn't go on super long, like it would later in this period. Stays pretty focused.
You Win Again... meh
Hurts Me Too
He's Gone is obviously a song I prefer with jamming attached, as it is suited. This is a pretty flawless, but uninspired version. It's still in its fledgling stages though.
El Paso, Jerry's noodling actually seems a bit off as I progress through the song.
Big RR this should force Jerry's hand. Fucking rollicking good time! Short and sweet!
2 Souls is a soulful edition. Not sure if I approve of the placement. Jerry hits some great notes, and the organ is steady in the background, low, under all the other instruments.
Closing out the first, we have Casey Jones! Nice version. I think they must have already been doing coke at this time, based purely on this song being in the repertoire.
Good Love is 23 minutes to start off the 2nd. One of the last sung by the Pen. Energy levels are back up. Pen raps a lot, and it drags the energy down a bit. Jerry does some good jamming, but it isn't really too exploratory, seems to hang out on high notes for a while... Pig tells him to keep on cruising it in slow and it gets more interesting. Finishing off strongly.
Next Time.. Bob is saying something and Jerry has no time for it, starts into it, 2 Pen songs in a row... wait, false start. I guess Bob's comment was relevant! They lost electricity... it is Paris in the 70s. Once the SNAFU is cleared up, it starts off pretty similarly. Nice harmonica work.
Ramble On is a song that is performed better, with a better tempo, than it would be in later years.
Dark Star... did the Euros have any idea what was coming their way with this? Didn't have to wait too long for it to get interesting! Around 3:15 the frenchmen must have been quite happy already. It keeps a nice pace going, not super exploratory, actually rather thematic as well. A theme for the evening. After the verse they set out into space...
Dark Star comes back out of drums slowly, but Jerry has something in mind. A flirtation with the Tiger. Doesn't go there, but goes into some serious jamming! There's an early Eyes theme in this.
Sugar starts off right out of the closing notes of the star, and the energy is great.
Sing Me puts me practically to sleep. Sorry.
Mexicali brings us a much needed tequila infused energy drank!
Big Boss Man, a Pen song for sure. Bluesy as they come. Some nice Jer guitar and Pig harmonica on this one.
UJB is Phil's call. He's been a presence throughout the nice, solid performance. Great early UJB.
NFA is not actually played here, faulty deadbase listing.
GDTRFB Wow! Knocks your socks off! A proper closer, with everyone putting in all they are worth.
NFA keeps things moving to end the set.
Encore: Saturday Night also rollicking.
Pretty good show, but not epic by any means. The meat portion is really just the DS segment, which hits on a theme at one point, but not really gelling together well.