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1
Jack Straw
Nov. 17, 1971
Albuquerque Civic Auditorium

There’s something about the pluck of this early version. Fresh and surprising even if you’ve heard a billion Jack Straws.
2
Jack Straw
Aug. 25, 1972
Berkeley Community Theatre

The most active, detailed ’72 Jack Straw I can recall.
2
Pretty Peggy O
June 4, 1977
The Forum

Powerful and incandescent. I’ll admit Peggy-O can sometimes bore me, but not this one!
2
He's Gone
July 28, 1973
Grand Prix Racecourse

Don't let sound quality issues prevent you from hearing this. As fresh and crisp as any of the other fine He's Gones from spring and summer.
2
Deal
July 28, 1973
Grand Prix Racecourse

They end up running through the “solo” section twice. Both times are as hot as you would expect for ’73.

Comments

The Other One
May 10, 1978
Veterans' Memorial Coliseum

Phil seems to hint at the E-A-C jam from Music Never Stopped. Cool version.
Cumberland Blues
Oct. 21, 1973
Omaha Civic Auditorium

“Precise” is right. Not a note out of place.
Turn On Your Love Light
Feb. 20, 1971
Capitol Theater

Well, this is just nuts.
Stella Blue
Dec. 4, 1973
Cincinnati Gardens

Yeah, Phil is all over this version. I wouldn’t say Jerry’s vocal delivery is lacking, though. He fumbles a lyric at the end, but the dynamics and feeling are all there. Great version, though. Casts a spell.
Bird Song
July 21, 1972
Paramount Northwest Theater

Ah, the Download Series Vol. 10 version is actually filler from 7/22. Great in any case!