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05/10/72 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Wed)

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05/10/72 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Wed)
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Bertha [#5:00] ;
(1) Me And My Uncle [2:53] ;
Mr. Charlie [3:29] (2) ;
China Cat Sunflower [5:21] >
I Know You Rider [4:20] (3) ;
Black Throated Wind [5:24] ;
Loser [6:17] ;
Next Time You See Me [4:38] (4) ;
(5) El Paso [4:27] ;
He's Gone [7:11] ;
Chinatown Shuffle [2:42] (6) ;
Playing In The Band [12:27] ;
Big Railroad Blues [3:37] ;
Jack Straw [4:32] ;
Tennessee Jed [7:03] ;
Big Boss Man [4:02] (7) ;
Greatest Story Ever Told [4:49] ;
Casey Jones [5:36] (8)

Truckin' [8:41] >
Drums [2:30] >
The Other One [33:04] >
Me And Bobby McGee [5:30] >
The Other One [2:07] >
Wharf Rat [8:41] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [2:59] ;
Two Souls In Communion [6:40] ;
Ramble On Rose [6:00] ;
Sing Me Back Home [9:06] ;
Sugar Magnolia [6:56] ;
Not Fade Away [4:42] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [8:51] >
Not Fade Away [3:03]

(1) Weir: Welcome to the concert tonight folks as the sun sinks slowly into the west. We're going to do a song about the great american west. And it goes something like this. (2) Pigpen: Thank You (3) Jam between China and Rider 2:02, possibly the shortest ever. (4) Pigpen: Thank You (5) Lesh: right now Weir: Right now, that's right. Right Now. This next one's dedicated to the great state of Texas. (6) Pigpen: Thank You (7) Pigpen: Thank You (8) Weir: We're gonna take a break and it is now intermission and we're gonna come back and play.


Bertha actually starts with some slight SQ issues, which I wasn’t aware of on the E72 release prior to this listen (first time listening to this show from boxed set). Nice energy out of the gate.
MAMU, Bob brings us out to the “Old American West”. Pigpen is louder in this show than in many, and I barely hear Keith.
Mr. Charlie is sung soulfully by Pigpen.
China>Rider, nice early placement. Jerry takes his time in the mid-song solo. The transition jam has a strong blues leaning. If you want a different take on C>R, this is a good option. The Rider starts of really slow, they do ½ the tempo of the China Cat.
BTW manages a faster tempo than the Rider, oddly.
Loser has a nice, short solo. Good twang.
Next Time You See Me
El Paso
is dedicated to the great state of Texas, and it is a great version with Jerry properly backing Bobby, a nice galloping tempo, and no oversinging.
He’s Gone, funning Bob tuning to this, and then a great tempo and feel to it.
Chinatown Shuffle
PITB is plenty psychedelic, with a nice tempo. I love these E72 PITBs because you are basically assured of that combo. Compared to the rest of this set, I expected better in this one, but it is still quite satisfying.
Big RR is on time and delivery a great cargo, as usual.
Jack Straw
TN Jed, nice final jam, as expected. Plenty of twang and nice cacophony that just keeps building.
Big Boss Man
is firing on all cylinders, quite psychedelic, and vastly ahead of its time (instrumentally). A+ version.
Casey Jones crashes down nicely to end the set. Johnny Cash would be appreciative.

Truckin>Drums>TOO>Bobby McGee>TOO>Wharf Rat
The 2nd set starts with the major meat sequence at its open, Truckin’ comes in nice form. As it breaks down it gets pretty funky, and prematurely (IMO) heads into drums. TOO is a great place for them to go, and this is a roller coaster we are headed into. 4 minutes in it breaks down into a space jam. This babbles on for about 4 minutes before we get a little more steam under our belts and head into a great exploratory jam with just a touch of the theme in it. As the jam progresses the theme becomes more and more a part of it, leading us to the verse. After the verse we get a spacey jam that manages to keep some momentum until a total disintegration into weirdness at 15 minutes. Jerry flirts with the Tiger, but with a different tone than he usually assumes for the venture. The Tiger doesn’t develop though, at least not then, the jam stays intense and exploratory for several minutes, reaching amazing heights in the 19th minute! After that they head into a bluesier area, and then hit the theme, which the rest of the song carries until the 30th minute, where it slows down (still within the theme) drastically. Bobby McGee arises out of it nicely, with Bob leading the way, in what seems like was probably a planned segue (not the exact moment of course, but the idea of going into McGee). A no frills, solid version leads right back into TOO’s theme for the 2nd verse. Wharf Rat rises proud out of TOO, and finishes upright with a solid outro jam.
Two Souls
Ramble On
Sing Me
rounds out the square of 4 songs I don’t really enjoy too much, though the Ramble On was an A+.
Sugar Magnolia

NFA starts with only rhythm guitar making the beat, rather than the drums. Not a blow you away performance, the GDTRFB comes in and successfully raises the stakes. Drummers take us back into NFA… was there a OMSN encore? Not per the boxset…

Performance Summary
This show comes out with a nice energy level, and other than the hiccup rendition of Rider, maintains the juice throughout. Pig is more audible than usual, on the organ, not sure if that adds much. The 2nd set is strong as well, with TOO being an A+. After the meat sequence was a rough stretch for yours truly.

Sound Quality
There are some 1st set issues, though they are minor.
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