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Uncle John's Band
Sept. 17, 1972
Baltimore Civic Center

This show has biting hardness throughout, then this seems a bit la-la until the 7/4 parts, and that grit returns with crunching nastiness. Excellent!
1
Me and My Uncle
Sept. 17, 1972
Baltimore Civic Center

Total badassery. This one bites down hard and has a little menace to it, as befits a song about murder.
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Mexicali Blues
Sept. 17, 1972
Baltimore Civic Center

Serious giddyup.
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Greatest Story Ever Told
Sept. 16, 1972
Boston Music Hall

Streaks across the sky like a comet. Choose the SBD version, you won't regret it. Bobby and Donny are totally on together.
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Big Railroad Blues
Sept. 16, 1972
Boston Music Hall

Really needs a cleanup, or some miracle tapes to clear the sound on this little gem. They were on. Where's the rest of the SB?

Comments

China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Sept. 17, 1972
Baltimore Civic Center

Glad you dig it, darkstar67. The whole second set is balls-to-the wall, with some grit and power.
Playin' In The Band
Sept. 17, 1972
Baltimore Civic Center

Keith's work here is superb. He and Jerry are in perfect mind meld. This period for Playin' is such an embarrassment of riches, how could you choose just one favorite? I love how this one finds a beautiful quiet spot mid-way in, gives Billy and Phil some space, then comes sizzling back in like waves of heat off a burning meteor.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Sept. 17, 1972
Baltimore Civic Center

The comments are spot on. The punchiness on this one gives in a powerful driven feel. Almost sounds like a musical argument in places: right after the last lyrics in CC, it sounds to me like Jerry tried to pull out a minor variation the Phil vetoed. Anyone else hear it?
Bird Song
Sept. 17, 1972
Baltimore Civic Center

Tight is right. This one almost sounds through-composed, but doesn't lose the soaring spontaneity either. Beautiful version.
Brokedown Palace
Sept. 16, 1972
Boston Music Hall

One of the better ones, this. Seriously underrated. There's good SBD, so avoid the rough AUD.