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Grateful Dead Oct. 2, 1972
Springfield Civic Center Springfield, MA | Listen on archive
surprised this Truckin' -> Nobody's Fault but Mine Jam -> Drums -> Jam (w. Feelin Groovy) hasn't been mentioned. one of my favorites
Jerry's ideas are entirely inspired and the band follows along to the ether.
4Take A Step Back
Bobby is pretty good on this one. It's right after 'Promised Land'.
The satisfying conclusion of a good sequence. A sibling of 11/13/72.
5Feelin' Groovy Jam
Super interesting jam out of a surprising Truckin' > NFBM jam > Drums > Feeling Groovy jam. The first few min of keys/drum/bass after drums is $$$$
2Brown Eyed Women
Acres of deep 1972 swing, anchored by Phil and Billy, well sung by Jerry, and beautifully accented by Keith and Bobby.
4Tomorrow Is Forever
Donna as Dolly Parton, Jerry as Porter Wagoner: What more do you want? This should be heard by Donna haters everywhere.
Bites down hard, with a potent electric twang, plus Keith is full of surprises here.
2Big Railroad Blues
One of the best I know. Hard chargin' and up tempo hot stuff.
1Playin' In The Band
I have trouble understanding why this isn't already here, other than the embarrassment of riches that is Fall '72.
Really nice, mellow version.
1Don't Ease Me In
Wow - this really swings!
Lots of peaks and grooves!!!
1Johnny B. Goode
One of the best hidden gems you will ever hear.
1Beat it on Down The Line
Jerry, Bob and Keith give it more than usual.
1Black Throated Wind
A perfectly rendered, tightly orchestrated soaring arc from one of the most inexplicably underated shows of Fall '72. Listen in: Bobby's in pure form.
Tight frolic, without the verge-of-chaos coal car vibe from the era. Bobby's contrib. is spot on, and Jer drops a "Went to Toledo" quote.
6China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
How in the world did this fall through the cracks?
2Nobody's Fault But Mine
Uptempo, funky and different.
Extra-special sauce on this one: The outro goes into a long unique jam before the gospel bit. The band is completely unified.
2Greatest Story Ever Told
Peak era for GSET. Jerry spontaneously combusts into a string-shredding inferno.