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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:12 pm Post subject: 05/25/1975 Strand Lyceum, London, England (Thu)
05/25/1975 Strand Lyceum, London, England (Thu)
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The Promised Land ;
Brown Eyed Women ;
Big Boss Man ;
Black Throated Wind ;
Tennessee Jed ;
Mr. Charlie ;
Jack Straw ;
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider ;
Me And Bobby McGee ;
Good Lovin' ;
Playing In The Band ;
Brokedown Palace ;
Me And My Uncle ;
Big Railroad Blues [3:25] ;
Chinatown Shuffle [2:37] ;
Ramble On Rose [6:16] ;
Uncle John's Band [8:00] >
Jam [1:50] >
Wharf Rat [9:#45] >
Dark Star [29:#59] >
Sugar Magnolia [7:33] ;
Comes A Time [7:05] ;
El Paso [4:36] ;
Sittin' On Top Of The World [3:43] ;
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [8:22#] ;
One More Saturday Night
Promised Land comes out rocking, ending rather abruptly.
BEW is short and sweet.
Big Boss Man is nice and funky
BTW is a great one, no overzealous singing, and good teamwork all around.
TN Jed is great, nice and twangy with the team’s cohesive playing culminating in a great jam session before the outro verse.
Jack Straw, another great team effort here.
China>Rider, short and sweet segue here in the days prior to the extendo jam in the middle.
Me & Bobby
Good Lovin’, not a song I am generally fond of in the Pigpen era because they often tend to be a lot of boring backing to some rap which may be slightly entertaining. However, this one includes an awesome, psychedelic jam! The jam does slow down and meander for a while after the 7 minute mark before speeding back up at 11 minutes and then going into the outro verse.
PITB the jam is driven up till somewhere in the 8th minute where things slow down. These London shows mark the point where they’d started to explore the PITB territory a bit more, and are important for this reason. Great version.
MAMU is a good way to open the set.
Big RR, Keith is clearly excited dropping double trills at the intro. Great energy in another rocking Big RR.
Ramble On has a great feel to it.
UJB>Jam>Wharf Rat>Dark Star>UJB Jam>Tiger>Sugar Magnolia UJB has a great vibe, pushing nice energy out, and then after the jam breaks down into a nice little jam that can’t decide if it wants to be Wharf Rat or Dark Star until Bob finally strums Wharf Rat chords deciding the issue. This is a great, powerful rendition, check out what Bobby does as Jerry starts into the “Get up and fly away” verse. Jer is in especially fine voice for this one, which he then diverts into his playing for the outro that blends perfectly into Dark Star’s opening notes. 6 minutes into DS we have a really nice jam, which by 8 minutes in has left the theme but remained with a decent amount of energy pushing through the boundaries of space, which gives up the energy around 11 minutes to go deep space exploring. HAL500 opens the pod bay door at around 14 minutes, and we’re in a dark place, Phil pushing it darker, with Bob and Jerry working between feedback and notes respectively (or is that Phil on the feedback?), until we return directly to theme just after 15 minutes in for the verse. After the verse Phil does a little jazz jam, backed by Keith and Billy. Guitars join in after a bit, slowly. We then get what would later be the Feeling Good Jam in the middle of China Rider, which seems to be based also on an UJB type idea. Prototype stuff here! Nice. It then heads back into a UJB jam basically. Around 25 minutes we head into a themeless, groovy jam, which then goes into a spacier place by 28 minutes… in this recess of space, starting just before the 30th minute, we are in the Jungle. The Tiger lives in the Jungle, this is a dark place. The Tiger goes strike immediately, but lurks in the bushes, you hear them rattling as it passes closer and closer. By 33 minutes X factor is achieved. While this Tiger never quite rips your face off, holy crap is it awesome. Bob can’t take it anymore and after the meltdown starts hinting at Sugar Magnolia to brighten things back up. Crikey! What a meat sequence! A+!
Comes a Time is a good call, I don’t know if I could handle any more intensity after what just happened. Bring me back to earth please. A fine rendition of one of my favorite ballads, Jerry taking control.
El Paso, another great rendition.
Sittin’ On Top of the World, the last rendition of this GD Surf Rock classic. Pig is in fine organ form for it. Fun song, primitive sure… love it! Jerry tears up some solo action. A+.
GDTRFB is so rockin’ Donna loses herself to the moment and screams! Seriously though, fuck yeah, great version here! Driven as can be, Billy, Jerry, Phil, Keith dominate. Hell, in the lighter moments you can even hear Pigpen. A+ version.
Great show from the get go. The Meat Sequence is one of the best out there, and the closing GDTRFB is priceless. A+ show, much better than the next night, in my opinion.
Great show-Great review. One of my favorites from that tour. You are right on the money about Good Lovin'. Pig just couldn't do those long raps anymore so the song changed a lot. Personally I liked the change. I can only enjoy Pig's raps in small doses and I have to be in the mood for one. I really like most of the stuff he doesn't go on and on. The two here in the first set are terrific versions. Boss Man and Charlie. Haven't listened to this one in a long time. That will be rectified by this evening.
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