Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Just Like Wolfman Jack
Man, the Dead's 3/26/73 show in Baltimore is the cat's meow. Hearing Garcia grin behind his beard during Ramble on Rose, after Wolman Jack had just come out on stage and done his thing, is worth the price of admission -- which, due to the miracle of Deadhead ingenuity and the internet happens to be free, e.g., here. But the whole gig is fantastic, from the 17-song first set, to a beautiful jam post-Truckin' which lists (and indeed includes) a Weather Report Prelude, but touches on many distinct themes, to the anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better one-upsmanship whereby Jerry responds to Bob's Bobby McGee not only with Eyes, but with Eyes -> Dew -- wow. I know The Powers That Be have released 3/28 and 4/2, which are both terrific, but I can imagine that 3/26 got some good long consideration. Great, great stuff. What a band.