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04/07/72 Wembley Empire Pool, London, England (Fri)

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04/07/72 Wembley Empire Pool, London, England (Fri)
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What makes this show extra special, they played in the pool, in the water. The first of many nautical shows to come.

Greatest Story Ever Told ;
Sugaree ;
Chinatown Shuffle ;
Me & My Uncle; (Not listed at
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider ;
Big Boss Man ;
Black Throated Wind ;
Loser ;
Mr. Charlie ;
Beat It On Down The Line ;
Tennessee Jed ;
Playing In The Band ;
Casey Jones

Truckin' >
Drums >
The Other One >
El Paso >
The Other One >
Wharf Rat ;
Ramble On Rose ;
Sugar Magnolia ;
Not Fade Away >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad >
Not Fade Away

Encore: One More Saturday Night


GSET, the first song of the tour… wailing! Bob is on fire, and Jerry is all over it. A+ version
Sugaree is also an A+, for the same reasons as above. The excellent SQ of the source makes me wonder how much some of the shows I’ve been more down on this song have suffered because of SQ issues?
Chinatown Shuffle maintains the energy.
MAMU is a rollicking good time, don’t particularly like Pigpen’s organ work.
China>Rider is going at a nice, fast pace, as has the whole show thus far. While not particularly jammed out, it definitely rocks out.
Big Boss Man is funky and fun. Nice work Pig.
BTW, this is definitely one of the faster paced versions of this song I’ve heard, which makes sense considering the pace of the playing has been great. Bob hits some great, purposely(?) off tune chords in the chorus here and there.
Loser is an A version, landing just short of the illusive X factor, and highly enjoyable. Great Phil work here.
Mr. Charlie features great Jerry during the solo.
BIODTL, ahahaha, after they say “Happy 4th of July”, a subtle joke on two fronts, American Independence from the Crown, and of course, the difference between how Europe/America write their dates… 7/4/72…
TN Jed, all that need be said, A+.
PITB is shorter than it would be for most of the era, but the jam is intense and driven. A+.
Casey Jones

Truckin’Drums>TOO>El Paso>TOO>Wharf Rat
Truckin’ begins our tour through the meat sequence in style. Jerry has a great tone and pushes the high notes in places he often doesn’t later. While the build up lacks the clear explosion, the upside is it takes a steady free form jam out of it that eventually moves to drums. Phil bombs us into a ripping TOO. At the 5 minute mark we slow down and lose the theme, heading into somewhere spacey and calm. This doesn’t last long as they head right back to the theme, I believe the reason is Jerry just couldn’t remain calm this night. The rush through the verse and into a Jerry led jam that is theme-less and dark. Phil is pushing the dark angle well. Just before the 15 minute mark they start into a nice jam that has touches of the theme again, but mainly just grooves with some serious Phil, Bob and Jerry, which then falls into space again, and sensing that something needed to be done, a raspy Bobby starts strumming the rhythm of El Paso. The rest of the band joins him for a nice ride through the badlands, before delving back into TOO, again at Bob’s command. There’s a hint of a Spanish Jam, again from Bob, but the band doesn’t take the bait. They take their time getting to the 2nd verse, and we immediately land in a soulful and intense Wharf Rat that has a nice outro jam to it. Great meat sequence.
Ramble On
Sugar Magnolia
has a nice wah effect in SSDD.
Billy makes the call, and Buddy Holly it is. Great GDTRFB nestled in this sandwich.

Encore: OMSN, as usual. This is the one that made Steppin’ Out, so… yeah.

Performance Summary
The first set, first show of the legendary tour, and from the first song they are blazing. The 2nd set picks up right where they left off, all the water in the gigantic, empire sized pool steams away, and they are left playing on the bottom of the now empty pool.

Sound Quality
A+ to the Europe 72 recording.
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