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05/14/74 Adams Field Hourse, University of Montana, Missoula

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05/14/74 Adams Field Hourse, University of Montana, Missoula, MT (Tue)
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Bertha ;
Me And My Uncle ;
Loser ;
Black Throated Wind ;
Scarlet Begonias >
It Must Have Been The Roses ;
Jack Straw ;
Tennessee Jed ;
Mexicali Blues ;
Deal ;
Big River ;
Brown Eyed Women ;
Playing In The Band

US Blues ;
El Paso ;
Row Jimmy [8:54] ;
Weather Report Suite Prelude [1:28] >
Weather Report Suite Part 1 [4:37] >
Let It Grow [10:21] >
Dark Star [12:#55] >
China Doll [5:20] ;
The Promised Land [3:15] ;
Not Fade Away [6:31] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [9:04] ;
One More Saturday Night [4:39]


Bertha, this may be the first official release that Iíve heard starting with such sound/balance issues, though fixed by the end of the song. You canít fix things forever recorded incorrectly (see Winterland Oct 74 run!). The song is mediocre.
MAMU gets the juices mixing, probably pleased the locals too.
sounds great, nice tempo, strong Phil work, and Jerry is subtle behind Bobís singing.
Scarlet>IMHBTR, Scarlet comes out with a great tempo and strong guitar. Keith has assumed the organ. Despite the strong tempo, thereís no rush when they hit the jam segment, Jerry bides his time and jumps in at the right moment. The ensuing jam reaches places that would be common in the later years of the jam, then breaks down nicely into It Must Have Been the Roses. This is the type of segue that brought me to the GD (specifically, the 77 Barton Hall S>F). I never know if it is planned or not, but either way the musicianship in astounding. Iíve grown quite found of Roses in the past year or so, though I wish Keith would have remained on the organ rather than going back to the piano.
Jack Straw
TN Jed
is about average for the period, which means enjoyable.
Big River
is usually a good gauge on the energy of a set in this period, or it adds needed energy. This one seems mediocre, though it does bring a little more energy before the final two songs of the set.
BEW starts off slowly, but gathers steam nicely.
PITB, the jam starts off slow with Garcia going to a watery tone. Billy is all over the cymbals, Bob providing steady rhythm, but Garcia, uncommonly, doesnít seem to be there. Before the 8 minute mark Garcia remembers heís the star of the show and starts making it count, which excites Bobby into more creative rhythm work, as things get weird. Around 11 minutes the jam goes into spacier territory, only to return to a more exploratory theme based jam a minute and a half later, which I appreciate because it is more intriguing. Around 14 minutes in we appear to be headed to the jungle for a Tiger strike. No dice on the Tiger, but it is a nice jam that brings us an energetic return to the theme for the reprise.

The encore slotted US Blues takes a set opening role, which is a nice start.
El Paso is fun as usual, keeps things moving along nicely, another locals pleasure Iím sure.
Row Jimmy, typically not a favorite of mine, is pretty good. Poignant playing by Garcia and good support from Phil before the meat sequence is key.
WRS>LIG>DS>China Doll
A nice line up for the meat sequence, though this probably wanted to make beer swilling college kids in MT run for the exits. Prelude and part 1 are excellent, with a somewhat sloppy but still entertaining LIG. The segue into Dark Star was easy work for them. The journey is a slow one. After some mediocre exploratory jamming they return to the theme around 11 minutes in. After the verse it isnít long before it goes into space, the locals now drooling with their boredom. Deadheads who enjoy spaciness will enjoy it, it doesnít scatter into deep space (few notes), but instead maintains a steady sound. At the 19 minute mark Jerry again flirts with Tiger territory and he fucking unleashes the hell out of it. Locals now going through anaphylactic shock. Feedback during the short tiger takes away from it a bit. A nice jazzy jam, probably the highlight of the sequence, brings us to the songís conclusion as they segued smoothly into China Doll. For a band that is so consistently considered to have incredible interaction with their audience, itís odd they didnít take a more apt approach to the meat sequence.
Promised Land, and the audience rejoices!
A great NFA, which the crowd earned after the meat sequence. Nice energy, which Bobby accenting Jerryís solos well. This is actually the most sustained energy of the show. The fireworks continue in GDTRFB as the fans got their dance party!

Performance Summary
The first set is decent but lacks consistent energy. The Scarlet>IMHBTR is the highlight, with the PITB being typical of the period. Donna-haters beware, sheís extra vocal this evening. The second set is more consistent, though the first half of Dark Star is less than thrilling. The best part of the show is probably the NFA>GDTRFB, where the patient audience was rewarded with a dance party performance brimming with juice.

Sound Quality
A+ for the official release.
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