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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?
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Jack Straw
Sept. 16, 1972
Boston Music Hall

Listen through the murky AUD and you'll find a powerhouse version that clearly blew the doors off. Crowd energy contributes to a great version.
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Black Throated Wind
Sept. 16, 1972
Boston Music Hall

No bad ones at all from this era, but listen in and you can hear Jerry drive Bobby higher and higher. Great powerful emotive energy.
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Ramble On Rose
Sept. 15, 1972
Boston Music Hall

Jerry's vocals are rarely stronger. At one point he's growling it out like he's spittin' nails.

Comments

Greatest Story Ever Told
Sept. 19, 1972
Roosevelt Stadium

Probably the worst AUD without an alternative source in the whole of 1972. Pity, because they're just absolutely blazing right out of the gate with Bertha, GSET and then that massive Bird Song. With August-September '72 is up there with the most consistent highest quality shredding Dead of any two-month period in their whole history we should hope hope hope for a cleaner set of reels out there - even if supposedly incomplete. (Please and thank you.) I'm no AUD-phobe, but this one will test the patience of even the most hardcore completists.
Sing Me Back Home
Sept. 17, 1972
Baltimore Civic Center

Yeah, this is one of the best. Doesn't drag at all, vocals in great shape. Beautiful version.
I Know You Rider
Nov. 3, 1965
Golden State Studios

The most Kingston Trio-ish I've ever heard them sound. What fun. Haven't listened to this in a while, but the comment on "Can't Come Down" brought me here. Cool stuff.
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.