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Big Railroad Blues
Nov. 19, 1972
Hofheinz Pavilion

Powerfully locomotive version with lots of fun behind it.
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Mexicali Blues
Nov. 19, 1972
Hofheinz Pavilion

Extra pop and stomp all over this one.
1
Me and Bobby McGee
Nov. 15, 1972
Oklahoma City Music Hall

Not everyone's favorite song, but I love it. This is an uptempo, airplay-tight, and beautifully sung version. Faster than most.
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Big Railroad Blues
Nov. 15, 1972
Oklahoma City Music Hall

Turns on a dime from the cerebral extended PiTB jam into a coal-burnin' tight jam with force and power. Hot stuff showing off their limitless range.
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Box of Rain
Nov. 15, 1972
Oklahoma City Music Hall

Having held "sing something Phil" banners, I always had a soft spot for BoR. This one is tightly played and powerfuly sung. Good stuff!

Comments

Playin' In The Band
Nov. 26, 1972
San Antonio Civic Auditorium

Terribly underrated. This is a continuous flood of muscular musicality. At 'only' 19 minutes it's a bit shorter than some of the other titanic PiTBs of the era, but it's a hardened gem of condensed dark-matter within which there are whole worlds to explore.
Bird Song
Nov. 26, 1972
San Antonio Civic Auditorium

Listen through the muffled soundboard for a perfect statement of what Bird Song could be. Jerry's first solo is note-for-note perfect, followed by a swimming, swirling ensemble exploration both understated and clear-headed. Keith's cloudsounds are a thing of beauty.
Sugar Magnolia
Nov. 24, 1972
Dallas Memorial Auditorium

This is the Sugar Mag you've been looking for. This is the bliss. It's sooooo easy to overlook a Sugar Mag, but do you remember heads what it felt like to dance in a massive circle of love to a killer SM/SSDD with 15 or 20 thousand of your best friends all in sync and all in love? Give it a whirl, and remember how good it felt and feels....
Truckin'
Nov. 24, 1972
Dallas Memorial Auditorium

Always check the Truckin' to get an instant report on how on the boys were on any given day. The excited screech (Bobby? Phil?) setting the fuse under Jer's solo at around 5:00 tells you all you need to know: This was a powerhouse for a band perfectly synced up and totally switched on. I think this show's only drawback is the bass-heavy channel mix with little keyboards. Other than that, this whole show is a gem and the Truckin' just rocks.
Box of Rain
Nov. 24, 1972
Dallas Memorial Auditorium

I'd say this is the tightest one they'd ever played (except the record) to date. It's a bit faster, and the whole ensemble is perfectly tight around one of Phil's stronger vocal executions.