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04/08/72 Wembley Empire Pool, London, England (Sat)

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04/08/72 Wembley Empire Pool, London, England (Sat)
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Bertha [5:52] ;
Me And My Uncle [2:59] ;
Mr. Charlie [#3:21] ;
Deal [4:17] ;
Black Throated Wind [5:40] ;
Next Time You See Me [#4:04] ;
Cumberland Blues [#5:36] ;
Brown Eyed Women [4:23] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [2:58] ;
Tennessee Jed [#7:06] ;
Playing In The Band [10:19] ;
Good Lovin' [#10:31] ;
Looks Like Rain [7:15] ;
Casey Jones [#5:46]

Truckin' [11:26] ;
Big Railroad Blues [4:15] ;
It Hurts Me Too [5:54] ;
Dark Star [31:37] >
Sugar Magnolia [6:54] >
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) [20:49]

Encore: One More Saturday Night [4:52]


Bertha… The boys, like the previous night, are fired up from the first notes. Jerry is in great vox to boot.
MAMU keeps things moving nicely.
Mr. Charlie is nice and funky, one of few Pigpen songs that can keep up with what the Dead have started morphing into by 1972.
Deal, while it hasn’t become the song it will be, up till 1972, this is one of the better versions.
BTW, well played, and not over sung.
Next Time You See Me
Cumberland Blues
rips, so hot they broke another string.
BEW, great version here.
TN Jed
has a nice payoff but pretty standard for this time. Energy maintained thus far through the set.
PITB is driven and seers its way into your brain starting shortly into the jam segment. This short one covers all the bases while maintaining energy throughout. A+.
Good Lovin’ is a nice effort, omitting a long Pigpen rant that could get aimless, this ten minute version keeps things moving along nicely. Great Jer/Bob/Phil blast around 3 minutes in.
LLR has Jerry is loud form, nicely out in front of the rest. He’s got a great tone. If you like this song, you’ll likely love this one.
Casey Jones

Truckin’ is a great way to open the 2nd, and they fully rock it out.
Big RR is short and rollicking. Great screeching guitar by Garcia.
Hurts Me Too would epitomize why Pigpen wasn’t going to keep up with the direction he band was going. Yes, they held onto the blues, but he was a front man, and sinking to the rear with just a few songs, as the group slid more into Jerry’s world… and Jerry runs the show on this one.
Dark Star>Sugar Magnolia>Caution
This long meat sequence of only 3 songs allows all three of the primary singers to have a shot. Dark Star, I can’t say enough about this, one of the most driven, intense Dark Stars out there, it will always be in my tops! Billy drives the intensity and much as Jerry, and it doesn’t let go. Around 11 minutes in they slow it down enough to go into the verse. I love when they actually need to slow down a jam to go into the verse (of any song), it means you likely had your brain scattered. After the verse Billy gets on the cymbals slowing the pace, and they get spacey. The coming blast off starts just before the 18 minute mark, and again features Octopus Billy. Around 21 minutes things start getting creepy with a very interesting, almost circus like Pigpen buried in the background. The jam is all over the place, maintaining a nice pace and staying fully exploratory. 28 minutes in they head into what strongly hints at the song they will eventually go into, 7 minutes later, Sugar Magnolia. Bobby, not ready to go there yet, starts the chord progression of the MLB Jam (though they hadn’t “played it yet”). Sugar Magnolia officially hits when Bob changes his chords to those familiar chords. This is an energetic version, featuring a Bobby chuckle as he sings the lyrics. I wonder what made him laugh? Caution comes naturally right out of this with Phil and Billy pushing it out of the crashdown of SSDD. Billy has been on fire all night, meaning a great 20 minutes to close out the set! It stays pretty driven until about the 13th minute where it goes a little bluesier in content. The outro is tremendous! Great Caution. A+ meat sequence (if short).

One More Saturday Night

Performance Summary
Back to back homeruns (7th and 8th) in London! This show doesn’t really have many downs, and the highs are extremely good. The Dark Star, especially the last 7 minutes, amazing. Essential show.

Sound Quality
A+ for official release
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