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10-30-73 Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Mo. (Tue)

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10-30-73 Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Mo. (Tue)
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Here Comes Sunshine ;
Me And My Uncle ;
Ramble On Rose ;
Looks Like Rain ;
Deal ;
Mexicali Blues ;
They Love Each Other ;
El Paso ;
Row Jimmy ;
Jack Straw ;
China Cat Sunflower [8:50] >
I Know You Rider [5:02] ;
Playing In The Band [20:23]

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [7:47] ;
Big River [4:32] ;
Dark Star [26:56] >
Stella Blue [7:29] >
Eyes Of The World [17:46] >
Weather Report Suite Prelude [1:38] >
Weather Report Suite Part 1 [4:40] >
Let It Grow [9:10] ;
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [8:25] >
Johnny B. Goode

Encore: One More Saturday Night
Comments: {Dark Star 0:00 > Mind Left Body Jam 11:40 > First Verse 15:15 to 16:30 > end 26:56} At 18:25 Jerry tries to go into Stella Blue but Billy demurs.


HCS is a nice way to open up the show, they came ready to jam. They took a slightly different turn in this one, and it works.
MAMU is called upon to pump some more energy into the set, to good effect. Nice build up at the end.
Ramble On maintains nicely, and then...
LLR takes a fat dump all over that set.
Deal, Keith comes in a little more big band than usual, and the guitars are spot on.
Mexicali features great Mexicali noodles snug between the verses, while Bobby nurses claims of his bluesy situation.
TLEO was fantastic, with a great pace that carried on to the hill overlooking...
El Paso, which maintains the great work of the set thus far.
Row Jimmy, aka, Slow Jimmy, is just that, but Garcia's guitar work is stellar.
Jack Straw has a nice rhythm to it, like a slow train moving with the landscape moving faster to the eye/ear.
China>Rider starts off somewhat slow, which is rather different than the rest of this show that is in a period where jazz was generally more emphasized than speed. The delivery is flawless, but needed more umph. The slowness is cast aside during the transition which builds nicely, and has a smooth feeling whatever transition without losing too much steam. Unfortunately, the Rider is not what I would like, having a much mellower feel to it than usual.
We progress through the lyrics of the set ending PITB at a steady clip. Once we get into the jam, it starts off subtly, with a delicate weaving by Jerry. As to be expected the tempo pics up with Keith on the organ. The jam covers some typical ground, and is pleasing. Bobby and Jerry have some great synergy in the run before they return to theme for the reprise, around 12-13 minutes in. Instead of returning to the theme, they find themselves in a more spacey, creepy circus themed jam. A nice cap to the set.

1/2 Step begins the 2nd, and the pre-Rio jam segment is quite melodic.
Big River is the perfect song to lead up to the coming meat sequence.
Dark Star>MLB>Dark Star>Stella>Eyes>WRS>LIG
This is a virgin listen for me. Phil starts off the Dark Star idea with some deep notes, it is clear where they are going based on the placement and period. The ensuing jam after the intro remains pretty tight and jazzy, rather than go into space. Around the tenth minute things pick up smartly, with Bob and Keith being important elements of the up tick. Bob in particular is doing some interesting notes in the background of this, which really adds to the unique flavor of this DS. This turns on a dime, without warning into a great MLB Jam. Phil takes a more prominent role in the MLB than usual, and Jerry and Bob take turns being in the forefront, glorious. Your mind will leave your body. The pour into the verse after a few minutes of this, and then a descent into a rather more formless segment of space. Jerry makes an attempt at Stella, early, but Billy seems to want to keep to spaciness. The space picks up the pace and goes back into jazz club mode, the idea of this period of 1973. Stella Blue comes out, after the failed attempt earlier, ready for beauty. You could hear a pin drop between some of the notes here, the crowd not affecting the SBD in the least. Eyes of the World picks up wonderfully out of the rust. This version is the antithesis of the "Sleazy" Dead, wholesome as it is, with the notes from Jerry's guitar flying along like a butterfly... surprising turns here and there. I can write hippy shit like that about this song with no worry, because you know it's correct. This specific flight lasts through most of the 5th minute. During the 2nd verse there is a terrible patch, I assume due to a tape flip. The jam after the 2nd verse, and yes the recording has recovered from the patch, reaches several of the thematic areas we know well. Keith get a bit repetitive, but Phil and Jerry make up for it handily. After the 10 minute mark the jam heads into what could only be considered Slipknot territory, despite no clear entry to said theme, and a clear re-entry back to the main Eyes theme. This re-entry is brimming with energy, and Keith works well with Bob to work out a cascading rhythm down behind Jerry's constant, but never obsequious, noodling. The 73-4 outro repetitive ending is a bit too much for me, after having listened to dozens of Eyes from the era recently. It does build up during a finale crescendo and start to get chaotic and fun, this being one of the longer version, but Keith kind of puts the rub on it with a cheesy and repetive descending riff. As the song would normally end, instruments continue to get played, without order, until Bobby subtly starts throwing the WRS intro in. The band quickly gets into this and we start another quarter hour journey in this amazing meat sequence. Part 1 is a bit sloppy, Bobby mainly on his guitar, though his voice grows more annoying as the song wears on. Slop is elimated by the time they get to LIG, and Bob makes up for his earlier transgressions with some really solid playing behind Jerome starting at the 4 minute mark! This seems to push Jerry, Billy, and Keith harder. At the final big jam, starting at 6:30, Jerry starts off with some serious noodles under the rest of the band, and slowly rises up through them to take complete control. There's a moment or two of trepidation early in this segment, but once it is straightened out the song is again in flight, a theme for the evening. Not auto-pilot flight, either, but good, psychedelic flight. It ends up being a shorter version of LIG, but that's ok.
There's barely any stoppage before the tell tale notes of the GDTRFB intro, and again they are playing in a cohesive manner, the theme of the night.

Encore: Saturday Night


Performance Summary
This was a virgin listen for me, and I am quite impressed. It definitely struck me as one of the jazzier shows they ever put together. There are contrasting moments of nice rock and country fusion in there too, a well rounded show. Here and there, the energy lacked, such as during the Rider, overall, a fantastic show deaturing a lot of team work with a healthy amount of bells and whistles.

Sound Quality
B+/A-, as good as is available now. Little to no hiss, some problems here and there.
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