It's not easy being awake when everything is lost . . . but it's easier than dying before I have my estate in order. This darkness got to give . . . but if it never does then at least there's the Grateful Dead to dig in the meantime.
How about a show...
|Grateful Dead -- October 25, 1973|
Dane County Memorial Coliseum
1st Set: Bertha, Big River, Here Comes Sunshine, Black-Throated Wind,
They Love Each Other, Mexicali Blues, El Paso, Row Jimmy,
Playing In The Band
Set 2: China Cat Sunflower-» I Know You Rider, Me and My Uncle,
Dark Star-» Mind Left Body Jam-» Dark Star Jam-» Eyes Of The World-»
Stella Blue, Weather Report Suite Prelude-» Weather Report Suite Part 1-»
Let It Grow, Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-» One More Saturday Night
Encore: Uncle John's Band
(Three songs from first set are not in circulation, maybe not known to exist.)
For me this show doesn't really get going until the start of the second set. Don't get me wrong, the first set is just fine but I can't get enough of this China->Rider, the Rider specifically. At about a minute in, Phil's bass really starts coming through in the mix and as the band mellowly strolls down the lane toward Jerry wishing he was a headlight on a northbound train, HOLY CRAP, Phil ex-fucking-splodes like he's just dropped the biggest, PHattest Phil bomb into The Other One. That makes the whole show!
But of course it would be foolish to turn it off at that point. Dark Star-> Mind Left Body Jam-> Dark Star-> Eyes is an amazing slice of GD musical history. There's an active thread over at Lost Sailor's Pub about Weir's greatness on rhythm guitar and the Mind Left Body Jam totally demonstrates how he can play and play and play right alongside Jerry.
Phil's genius shines in the gorgeousness of Eyes. His solo in there is just mesmerizing and then the Stella Blue is so wonderful, like my favorite Sugarmag, it radiates with so much blinding beauty to simply melt me to my knees. Mmm. And then the Let It Grow... more wow. Fantastic stuff! GDTRFB picks up so much steam to really rock, complete with smokin' Keith on piano and Donna's excellent vocal accompaniment... okay, maybe a little screamage in there but after all of that amazing music we get such a fun time dancin' number to help close out the set.
One thing to learn with this show -- never let a questionable source keep you from listening to something!
|one dude's comments from the Internet Archive:|
Subject: Be Patient. This Is A Great One -- Like Ali.
Was told by Fishman that this show was a Dick Latvala favorite and one that he frothed at the mouth over.
The entire concert is well-played. First set has numerous glitches, etc. You need to ignore the flaws and listen to the music -- it's mostly very satisfying, curiously exciting -- something for everyone in this one.
All first set songs are energized and enthusiastic versions but they are somewhat marred in playback, but by the time it's wound it's way into PITB the sound problems have melted and we're left with a torchingly hot pure torture. Miraculously, the sound retains its integrity, though there exists some clipping on the bass.
China>Rider is long and lagubriously inticing all at once and backing off. The Dark Star>Mind Left Body Jam>Dark Star is totally polarizing from hot to cold, dark to light, sour to sweet, yes, and gliding generously into a grandly auspicious Eyes.
No matter what you are doing, this music draws you in, and you just momentarily drop whatever you're doing and assume the listening.
This Eyes is one of their best kept secrets. It's an honor to uncover a show on the Archives like this show. It was not recommended by buddies, or other sources, but it came about from searching. I felt compelled to make a big deal out of sharing this show. Then, that said, I received from various sources the confirmation that there was an obvious reason why Latvala held this show in such esteem.
From Eyes they fall back into the Mind Left Jam and casually (SUPERCHARGED) wend their way into a very sweet, yet very powerful Stella. It knocked my socks off -- literally! Stella, being two songs in one, features two of those seven chord progressions, one to end the first half and one to end the second and the latter comes up so subtle it will blow your shoes and socks off. Just hoist them up to your speakers. Why, in latter Stella performances, did they drop the seven chord codas? Too cliche'?
The WPS Prelude>WPS Part I>LIG>GDTRFB is a knockout! -- Right Left Muhammad Ali Combinations 'til your jaw hurts and your chest pounds out of synch! Jerry's Wolf hunts you down and snaps your windpipe.
It takes a mean and savage Saturday Night to bring us down to the gritty earth and a softly magnificent UJB to give us wings back to the nest.
EVAN S. HUNT