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1
Brown Eyed Women
June 21, 1976
Tower Theater

Smooth version with flawless, FM airplay quality.
1
Mama Tried
June 21, 1976
Tower Theater

Airplay perfect. Seems like they wanted to pick up the pace a bit and this one is just fine and dandy.
2
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
June 19, 1976
Capitol Theatre

Don't shut off the after the LIG>DitS>CC! This version just keeps on giving - great jam all 'round.
3
Ship of Fools
June 17, 1976
Capitol Theater

Muscular and confident, not at all dragging. Don't overlook it. It's brilliant and perfect coming in a blazingly good show and great 2nd set.
3
Big River
June 17, 1976
Capitol Theater

This one cooks. Keith puts on a master class of the old razzle dazzle.

Comments

Playin' In The Band
June 19, 1976
Capitol Theatre

Bobby mangles the lyrics from the first moment - almost comically, but that's all good. What follows is a mysterious exploration of space and chaos with that cool understatement of the era.
Samson and Delilah
June 19, 1976
Capitol Theatre

This Summer tour is full of the most strident and forceful Samsons that bring out the gospel origins. I honestly never gave too much thought to this song whenever I saw them play it (mid-late 80s) but these earlier ones are so full of strut and swagger, they're show highlights. Excellent version here.
Cassidy
June 19, 1976
Capitol Theatre

Perfect. This and the BEW before it sound like so much of a preview of what they'd be developing in '77.
Brown Eyed Women
June 19, 1976
Capitol Theatre

I bet if you played this for 50 heads, 49 would think it sounded like a '77. There's something pristine and crisp and tight about it. It may be the first indication of where they were heading. Great choice.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
June 19, 1976
Capitol Theatre

Shaolindarkstar said it right. All my words condensed to "THE OMNIPOTENT GRATEFUL DEAD". The Slipknot is mellow but somehow blazing hot. And the Franklin's finds a deep pocket and comes out note for note perfect. God, I love the '76 sound.