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11-17-72 Century II Convention Hall, Wich\ita, Ks. (Fri)

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11-17-72 Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, Ks. (Fri)
1: Promised, Sugaree, Me & My Uncle, Tennessee Jed, B. T. Wind, Bird Song, Jack Straw, Box Of Rain, Don't Ease, BIODTL, B. E. Women, Big River, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Around, Casey Jones
2: Cumberland, El Paso, He's Gone, Truckin> Jam> Other One> Brokedown, Sugar Magnolia, Uncle John, Johnny B. Goode

Set 1
The Promised Land starts us off in fine, rock n roll fashion.
Sugaree keeps a nice tempo and basically perfect technical execution by the boys.
Me And My Uncle is another great version. Jerry just going to town behind Bobby singing.
Tennessee Jed comes in a bit cut with sound quality issues, you can only hear the guitars kind of. Not sure what happened, then Jerry’s voice comes in. The SQ gets fixed, but the playing is pretty mellow. The finale is solid, per the standard.
Black Throated Wind is a pristine version. Not overly vocalized by Bobby (well, maybe a tad at the end), and Jerome really runs his fingers across the strings during the finale.
Bird Song is another solid effort. If this show maintains this level of performance it will become a “hidden gem” in my book. Beautiful tone on Garcia’s guitars as we soar above the golden wheat fields of Kansas.
Jack Straw. Speaking of Jack Straw from Wichita! Massive cut, in the Wichita, Kansas version. Heart breaking. Anyhow, when it does cut back in, it sounds great. Not a definitive version, but certainly enjoyable.
Box Of Rain is a nice follow up.
Don't Ease Me In
Beat It On Down The Line
Brown Eyed Women
, after two well performed but not desired songs, this was a nice push back into greatness.
Big River maintains the energy.
China Cat Sunflower >I Know You Rider features a nice transition that goes into Rider fairly early and spends a good amount of time jamming out that theme rather than the tradition China portion. Nice energy and execution.
Around and Around is a full on rocker.
Casey Jones somehow lost a bit of steam, due to a Garcia choice I believe, where he chooses a few notes instead of many in a certain part. Listen and see if you agree.

Set 2
Cumberland Blues
opens the set in style! Great playing by Garcia in particular. All the country folk pep you could ask for, with good singing as well.
El Paso continues par excellance
He's Gone has a good tempo to it, as we open the meat locker up. This version features on of the finest post Gone thematic jams I’ve heard in the song. Starting at about 10 minutes Garcia makes every second of the next 3 minutes count before it slows down to drop nicely into…
Truckin'> comes out of a dead silence, but within a full measure, securing the “transition” consideration by a hair. The song picks up the pace nicely, and burns through my mind as Garcia once again distracts me from what I was doing as I multi-task. This then settles into a nice bluesy jam after the “explosion”. This jam then moves toward familiar territory.
The Other One> the theme steps in and we have about 20 minutes of music coming for the apex of the meat sequence. After the first verse we head into somewhere between exploratory and spacey. Around 8 minutes in the energy has pushed us into the jam we are all familiar with in this era, that can be thrown in the middle of a Dark Star or TOO with ease. Around 12 minutes in Keith takes over for a nice, dark solo, and then Jerry scales up behind him about a minute later. Keith wasn’t ready to just turn it over and they have a nice moment. Billy, as always during these jams, can’t be stopped. It just gets darker from there, and the peak finally breaks through in style and we get a short return to theme for the second verse.
Brokedown Palace> mellow us out just nicely.
Sugar Magnolia
Uncle John's Band
has a lyrical flub and a bit of sloppiness in the jam, but it’s really irrelevant at this point.
Johnny B. Goode finishes us off in style, just as we started and maintained pretty much throughout the show.

The playing in the first set is virtually flawless, on a technical level. There was no PITB, which was unusual, but the energy within the set was there regardless.
The second set promises more of the same.
While this show may not have “bells and whistles” in the form of massive extended jams or a lot of thematic oddities, it is completely enjoyable.
Great SQ from Mr. Lai. The cut is Jack Straw is obviously ironic.
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