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Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:54 am Post subject: 03/31/73 War Memorial, Buffalo, NY (Sat)
03/31/73 War Memorial, Buffalo, NY (Sat)
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Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ;
The Race Is On ;
Mexicali Blues ;
Box Of Rain ;
Tennessee Jed ;
Jack Straw ;
Big Railroad Blues ;
El Paso ;
Row Jimmy ;
Looks Like Rain ;
They Love Each Other ;
Playing In The Band
The Promised Land >
Greatest Story Ever Told ;
He's Gone >
The Other One >
Spanish Jam >
I Know You Rider ;
Encore: Casey Jones
Half-Step… I swear Jerry sings, “On the day that I was born, Santa sat down and cried”.
Race is On
Mexicali is where the fun really begins.
Box of Rain is excellent, not rushed, just right. Jerry plays those notes with care, varying his volume and intensity as only the maestro knows how.
TN Jed is extra twangy/funky, but I think it didn’t work as well as some others.
Jack Straw starts off slow but they find the legitimate pace quickly.
Big RR is supercharged greatness, as usual.
El Paso is also a really fun version.
Row Jimmy slows things down a bit, but it still manages a nice tempo due to Billy hitting the snare regularly. The vocal finale was a bit much I thought.
LLR actually wasn’t that bad. Donna being low in the mix helped.
TLEO comes be-bopping out of the storm. Great tempo, as is the standard in this era. My theory on this later slowing is its inclusion in JGB, and more heroin influenced music. I have not evidence to support this idea.
PITB, Donna is back up in the mix, as she shrieks us into the jam. I would literally have throttled her, rushed the stage, and throttled her after she blew so many PITBs… thankfully the jam periods were substantial enough to allow one to gain some level of groove before she would bust it. Thanks for bringing her along Keith… NOT WORTH IT. I’d rather sit through 100 I Will Take You Homes than have had her. That’s something they should do in Guantanamo, a dynamic duo of lame… IWTYH and Donna shrieks on a loop. The jam is pretty mellow through the 7th minute. After the 11 minute mark we start getting some coherent noodles and the energy is picking up,
This trifecta of energy comes in strong, with Bertha really taking it up a notch. Donna again annoys in GSET, and the guitar does less than we know it can. Still a great GSET, just not nearly the head of its pack.
Gone>Truckin>Jam>Nobody Jam>Drums>TOO Jam>Spanish Jam>TOO>Rider Gone is slow, and has a minor jam before hitting Truckin, which has a nice little build up, and as a reviewer on archive noted, does have a small Nobody’s Fault jam. Phil takes us out of a short drums session with the TOO bombs, and Jerry sets straight into noodling. There are some prime riffs in here, not chaotic, more melodic than usual. Around 5 minutes in it gets a little slower than I would like, into space. Just before 8 minutes in the Spanish Jam begins, still listed under TOO. It’s not the typical Spanish Jam, but the Spanish theme would not be denied. Bob’s playing gets more traditional during the 9th minute. 10th minute brings some funky wind noise in the background (perhaps a cymbal with effects?!), and Bobby sings verse one. This falls rapidly into total space, in the “Jam”. After the 4 minute mark of this jam, we get almost an MLB type of theme, but it doesn’t get rhythm. It seems it’s just Jerry and Phil… Bob chimes in a bit here and there, so he was on stage. At 7 we get back into form with the beginning of the Rider Jam. Rider was an interesting call, and how they got there from the space beats me, but unique.
Casey Jones – Apparently there was some kind of huge train situation going on in the concert hall for this during this period. Must have been cool.
Overall, this is the most bells & whistle laden show (without the actual whistle Bobby would later adore). Thematic jams, extended jams, setlist oddities, varied meat sequence… but lacking the punch I would like, in the actual execution… that punch probably would have placed this show as one of the best ever.
Great SQ in this source!
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