04-02-73 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma. (Mon)
1: Promised, Deal, Mexicali, B. E. Women, BIODTL, Row Jimmy, L. L. Rain, Wave That Flag, Box Of Rain, Big River, China Cat> I Know You Rider, You Ain't Woman Enough, Jack Straw, Don't Ease, Playin
2: Ramble On, Me & My Uncle, Half Step, Greatest, Loose Lucy, El Paso, Stella Blue, Around, H. C. Sunshine> Space> Bobby McGee> WRS Prelude> Eyes> China Doll, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones
E: Johnny B. Goode> We Bid You Goodnight
"Tico Tico" tuning before "BIODTL" - 10 beat "BIODTL"
Promised Land starts of with atrocious SQ, but it is fixed quickly. Short and sweet.
Deal is sharp. Very nice Jerome here. Energy is great so far through the first two songs.
Mexicali Blues maintains the high energy!
BEW is not likely to disappoint, and it doesn't. Jerry is singing great, and the team is on board for the ride. Great SQ here. Phil is all over this, had to even turn him down a bit, twice!
Man, after the verse about daddy cutting hickory, the band gives the chorus a real blast.
BIOTDL, sounded like some guy was heckling Donna from the crowd before the song. They do a nice little Tico Tico jam too, to remind us of Italy.
Row Jimmy could bring the energy down, but they have a decent tempo at the start. Nice work here, I'm not having my usual trouble with it. Jer's solos are of course solid, and the team is gelled by this point. When I praise this song, it bodes well. Of course, this is a well known show.
LL Rain, this will be a true test of this show haha. Look, it's ok. I just can't get into it! I gave it an honest try.
Wave That Flag, prototype US Blues, which would become major later in this area. Energy injected back into the set, just in time. It's still rough, but it works in a pinch. I get pretty happy when they sing the chorus, every time. 'Merica! This one grooves all over the place, Bob and Phil make the rhythm go.
Box of rain is lively, the energy is assured, solid first set thus far, I don't foresee them dropping the ball.
Big River certainly won't be the downfall. Full on, playing at this speed makes me envious and happy.
China>Rider comes right up on this train. The first solo break is short and sweet, man, this is going to get good. China actually loses a bit of speed, but the transition into Rider is full of Bobby pushing the band. Such a good rhythm in Rider. The energy, for the first time in the set, isn't where I expect it to be, unfortunately. It is still beautiful, with an extended jamming bit before the verses. The Rider gains a lot of momentum and X during the Northbound Train lyric.
Woman Enough. I skipped it. Sorry.
Jack Straw starts of with nice harmony. Jerry solos nicely at his first opportunity, Bobby actually sings over it prematurely I think, but it is still a structured song in the end.
Don't Ease should bring the energy back. It could use a slight boost before the set closer. Jerry is nimble on the notes as they delve into it.
PITB steps in to close the set. The set's rating will depend on this, really. Starts off strong and accurate. Into the jam portion, which will be lengthy, Jer wastes no time getting to the wah wah sound, underwaterish... Lots of noodles take over as he backs off the wah wah later in the song, and Keith starts making his presence more felt. Halfway through the song there are serious hints of the Tiger, but that would be surprising. Around 10:15 they get into some serious melody, very relaxing, making me think the tiger will remain in the jungle. Just when you think it's chilling down, it slowly gains speed, and Phil starts stomping to push Jer further. It works! Tiger-like jams are back, Bob is spiralling away behind it. I know it won't go to Tiger, but the flirtation was fun.
Ramble is not my preferred way to start a set. It's a decent pace, but not quite what I would pick for the position. We need to get the blood flowing again. Finishes up nicely, not at all dragged out, the kochman seal of approval is given.
MAMU is blazing fun!
1/2 Step is full of action. Keith is really pushing it, having been hyped up by the MAMU before this. Jer is flawless. Jerry keeps things classy, and clean.
GSET starts off blazing with a solid Phil intro! Jerry does not let off at all, noodles through the thematic jam portion with a nice wah wah tone. He just cranks throughout! On Point.
Loose Lucy was not the call I would have made, but we'll hear it out. It is sleazy, as it should be. Nice interplay between Jer and Keith on this one. Jer sings it like an aptly upset boyfriend.
El Paso should bring Keith really out. And, it does. Jerry is noodling, not quite as loudly as I would like though. As though Jerry heard me in a time warp, he picks up the intensity nicely.
Ballad time, Stella Blue. Solid version, nothing stand out.
Around and Around for some energy, though Stella doesn't generally detract in my estimation. Jerry does some nice work here, and Keith is in full blown support mode. This one doesn't let up.
Here Comes Sunshine starts off the real meat of the show. We've already had 2.5 hours of tunes at this point, wow. Mainly top notch. For a "mellow" song, this is hitting the spot, I'm over here kicking my leg like a dog getting scratched just right. If he's panning for gold, he found it. Then we get to the jam. It gets fairly spacey fairly quickly. It's peaks and valleys, very exploratory. It gets dreamy, as frell said, but somewhat of a nightmare in a way. Jerry flirting with Tiger again. This goes all over the place, almost like an orbital jam from 79ish... WOW!
Bob waits for a moment, and starts strumming Bobby McGee. It's actually very well played. I poop on that song a lot, but this one was nice.
As they tried to stop jamming Bob again takes a shot, with an early WRS Prelude!. It's fairly long for the time, being a prelude an all.
Eyes emerges! Much groovier than the later versions, we are in for a nice treat. Bob lays down the rhythm and Jerry just ventures out over it. When they hit into the proto-Slipknot type jam they just break it the fuck down.
Just when your brain is about to explode, China Doll cools the cylinders in the right way. It's a good effort, nice harmony ends a proper meat package.
Sugar Mags is actually put out without a hesitation, I consider it to be within the "meat" as there wasn't a full beat rest. This props the show up yet further. Fully energized.
Casey Jones closes out this magnificent set. What else could?
Encore is JBG>AWWYGN. Love me some JBG. Classic.
Great show, probably going to be in everyone's top ratings if they have a system of such things. Class act of a show, can't say enough about it!