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Friend of the Devil
Oct. 9, 1972
Winterland Arena

Hometown benefit show with a nostalgic feel for the '70 sound that just smokes here.
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Greatest Story Ever Told
Oct. 2, 1972
Springfield Civic Center

Peak era for GSET. Jerry spontaneously combusts into a string-shredding inferno.
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He's Gone
Oct. 2, 1972
Springfield Civic Center

Extra-special sauce on this one: The outro goes into a long unique jam before the gospel bit. The band is completely unified.
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Cumberland Blues
Oct. 2, 1972
Springfield Civic Center

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.
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Black Throated Wind
Oct. 2, 1972
Springfield Civic Center

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.

Comments

Brown Eyed Women
Feb. 3, 1978
Dane County Coliseum

Oh yes, this is more interesting, tighter, and exciting than the Cornell one. There's too much said about this everywhere, but yep, just like with Veneta, there's a confirmation bias effect that over-values Cornell relative to the other shows and versions that could be more highly regarded. The first solo here, the punchiness of the drums, the Bobby-doin'-Bobby thing, and Donna, yes Donna, all make this one a great great version.
Morning Dew
Oct. 18, 1972
Fox Theater

Want to know what it means to mean it? Jerry means it here. The vocals and solo are heartfelt and full. Great reference to Bill Evans here, merryjerry, spot on. As part of the Playin' suite to start all suites, this is just glorious.
Morning Dew
Oct. 18, 1972
Fox Theater

Want to know what it means to mean it? Jerry means it here. The vocals and solo are heartfelt and full. Great reference to Bill Evans here, merryjerry, spot on. As part of the Playin' suite to start all suites, this is just glorious.
Big Railroad Blues
Oct. 18, 1972
Fox Theater

This one is furthur, faster, and hotter than others of the time. Goes up and up and up. Jerry breaks into falsetto at one point.
Bird Song
Oct. 18, 1972
Fox Theater

Subtle and soft by comparison to others from Fall '72, but full of dreamy drifting visions and mellow soaring.