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Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:11 pm Post subject: 11-14-73 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, Ca. (Wed)
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Great SQ throughout, good work again Mr Miller.
11-14-73 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, Ca. (Wed) 1: Big RxR Blues, Jack Straw, Sugaree, Mexicali, H. C. Sunshine, B. T. Wind, Cumberland, Row Jimmy, Race Is On, B. E. Women, BIODTL, Tennessee Jed, El Paso, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Around
2: Truckin> Other One> Big River> Other One> Eyes> Other One> Wharf Rat, Me & My Uncle, GDTRFB> Saturday Night
Big RR, what a great way to start a show.
Jack Straw is fun and well played.
Sugaree is a bit too mellow.
Mexicali gets the energy up only a bit, but not where it could be.
HC Sunshine is again rather mellow. It does pick up the pace when they get into the jamming, which is structured and groovy. Nice version here.
BTW, Bob bungles the lyrics in the first verse. Strong finish to the song, though Bob could tone down the vox a smidge. At least he's passionate.
Cumberland hits the spot with a great intro, and the jams continue to hit the spot again and again.
Row Jimmy is nice, slow but solidly played. Sometimes this song can take on a great amount of energy, this one isn't that kind. It is the deliberate type.
Race is On
BEW has some great build ups featuring Jerry noodles.
TN Jed is well played, with Jerry and Bob dueling licks in the last moments of the jam before the final verse.
El Paso isn't where I would expect it to be. It lacks umph, though it is well played.
China>Rider has a great little transition jam. Very cohesive, not stuff with energy, but you can't find fault here. They do find a great amount of energy at the end of Rider!
Around x 2 to close out the set doesn't pack the punch we know it can.
Truckin>TOO>Big River>TOO>Eyes>TOO>Wharf RatTruckin goes into an extended jam after a great verses/middle jam session. This jam is, predictably, quite bluesy. It has its ups and downs. For a bit there it seems like something you'd hear in a hotel lounge.
TOO enters the scene with Garcia notes, no bombs. Energy is somewhat lacking here. It's played well, but not exciting. I need this song to start off, at least, exciting. After a couple of minutes it gets well, but where the hell is Phil? I remember reading that he was sitting down, literally. As in, on a chair. He's clearly off the mark. Jerry, however, is not. After 3 minutes they go into the official TOO theme, which falls into exploratory jamming. After 8 minutes they return to the theme, and Phil is somewhat present. The hit the verse, without any real bombs, and since Phil is AWOL Jerry heads right into exploration, and from there heads into some level of space, but it's really just Jerry showing out, the other guys are elsewhere. Weir then adds some weirdness and Billy joins the mix.
Perhaps this looseness is what enable Big River, one of only 2 times played out of TOO (the other one haha being in Lille, France, 1972). The move into the song was signalled by Jerry. He must have wanted to pump the boys up. Jerry and Billy do their best, and finally gets Keith motivated again.
On a dime Bobby sends us back into TOO. Phil seems to be awake for now. Garcia puts in more fine work here, and the band is more gelled together for this go around.
Then they go into Eyes which has again lost steam. Jerry is again great, but the others are lacking that intensity I crave. Phil gets a solo, which isn't all that bad, considering, but definitely not his best work.
TOO for the third time, which doesn't happen often. Odd they chose to do it on a night where Phil was on his own island of insignificance. Starts of a snoozer, Garcia once again pushes them, and they struggle their way through the 2nd verse.
Wharf Rat, Jerry has earned it, but he seems to have fallen into the snoozer mode too finally.
Overall, this show lacked intensity in a lot of places. Peaks and valleys, definitely a lot of great moments. For some, it will be a top show ever, for me, it is more of a paper tiger. It is still a great show, but I expected too much perhaps.
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