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10-18-72 Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo. (Wed)

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10-18-72 Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo. (Wed)
1: Bertha, Me & My Uncle, Don't Ease, Mexicali, B. E. Women, BIODTL, Bird Song, Big River, Loser, Jack Straw, Big RxR Blues, El Paso, China Cat> I Know You Rider
2: Playin> Drums> Dark Star> Morning Dew> Playin, FOTD (ACTUALLY DEAL), Promised, Brokedown, Saturday Night> Casey Jones (not really one into the other, a full stop in there).

Bertha comes out with mediocre energy and a good sound balance. They gather steam quickly though and it finishes with a nice solo.
MAMU has a funky little drum beat. Bob's guitar seems a bit forward in the mix.
Don't Ease, one of their most played songs over the years, has energy, but after MAMU I wanted something, almost anything (coffee or tea), else. Energy is there though.
Mexicali starts off somewhat sloppy.
BEW is great, nice synched up playing, good tempo, good vox.
Bird Song is a solid effort with a strong ending.
Big River goes at full speed, features a nice Keith solo and twangy Garcia.
Jack Straw is great, full team effort. Keith especially shines.
Big RR, I always get excited when this in the line up. This one blows the doors off right from the get go, Keith is again in fine form. Ha, Jerry hits a funny high note in the vox, and they are having fun with it! It is a fun song to play after all. The solo break hits X factor, as I almost count on this song to do! A+ version. Nice descending trills to bring us back to the final verses.
El Paso takes a minute to get going after they ripped their faces off in Big RR. It does go, but not like it can.
China>Rider to close us out. The transition gets a little slow, to close out a set of hit or miss.

PITB>Drums>DS>Dew>PITB opens the set! How about that, Bobby must've been mad they didn't do PITB in the 1st. In the Jam jerry goes into whale call mode early, by the 6 minute mark they are in full blown thematic jam. It gets rather exploratory without going spacey, and maintains a nice head of steam all the way through to the drum break.
Dark Star comes out of drums with good synchronicity. They slowly disintegrate into a spacey jam before the first verse. In the 8 minute mark it starts to gain more momentum, also slowly. We get the pre-verse them at 10 minutes in. Around 14:30 we launch into a very groovy jam that I am not aware if it has a name or was just the stars aligning. Then the noodles begin pouring out of Jerry, Keith as well. Phil is groovy in support, as is Bob and Bill. It has the makings of a potential Tiger, that never comes, but we get some nice work. Then the tempo goes back downa and it's bordering on spacey again. Phil decides to weigh in heavily at 21 minutes and they let him have a short solo. They go into a definite UJB jam in there, not sure why it isn't listed, as it's very pronounced. This falls apart into a Dew intro.
Dew is solid. Nicely psychedelic. We get some nice build up before the final verses. The finale does what the Dew is supposed to do, including fanning Jerome and reaching X factor... but it doesn't get that full boom because it goes back into PITB on a dime! It has a nice little jam, and then ends the meat sequence with a screach laden finale.
FOTD in a rather odd placement. Even odder... it's not FOTD, it's Deal! Bad listing on archive! Same bad listing in! It's a bad ass Deal too. is once again superiod.
Promised Land has some high energy and serious piano.
Brokedown fits the bill.
OMSN>Casey Jones, nice psychedelic Bobby chords in here. Fully rocking. Another faulty listing though, as they are not played into each other. There is a clear, full pause.

No encore.

Pretty good show, the surprise UJB jam in DS was nice... the PITB is driven... the Big Railroad Blues is one of the best ever.
The tail end of the 2nd set is fully rocking and fun. First set was hit or miss.
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