U.S. Blues (encore) - Grateful Dead - 4-12-1978 - Duke Univ, Durham, NC set2-10





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Uploaded on Aug 2, 2011

I know, ALREADY POSTED, but I think this is subjective "UPGRADE". I essentially went to the essentials : cutting out a LOT of "dead air" ...

This was a show that, when I was younger (at the time in 1978, 1979...), I simply disregarded. It sounded good but, I admit, the damn "setlist" was just so hum-hum boring. I had lived through too many Estimated ... Eyes ... Wharf Rat (or worse, Black Peter) ... Around² and US Blues (encores) that I just left it on the shelves. It's true though that, after the wild and creative 1977 shows, 1978 was surprisingly conservative in those song selections. I mean gone were the Help - Slip - Franklin's, the Terrapins, Comes a Time, Dancin', Uncle John's among many others ...

However, one recent day, I finally sat down to LISTEN to this and notably the set two jam. It is ROCKIN' !

Of course, I did some editing : cropping and contrast adjustments with some usual added visuals ...

LoloYodel uploads (of this show) :

Jack Straw : yes, I added Phil's "turn down the lights" banter here (actually done after Dire Wolf) ... but I liked to put it here ! Otherwise, Jerry's mic wasn't working at the start of this tune. It's rockin' !

Peggy-O : One of the damn best, heart felt, versions of this sweet tune ever !!
Lazy Lightnin' : as always, Lightning (ends set one) !

Very cool start of the seemless jam of Set Two. Keith wandering around, talking to Bobby and at 1:00, a "team meeting" with Jerry, Bob & Phil. Phil goofs around, makes rabbit ears, Jerry explains the serpent ...

Estimated : straight forward, well executed (as numerous played through '77 & '78...)
Eyes : In addition to this rendition being particularly sweet (with a 4 minute intro), lively & strong, I believe that this "Eyes" is the ONLY video version between October 1974 and ... ? ... Hampton 1989 !?! (excluding the 1976 Soundtrack which is only partial). Beyond that, this rendition is an extraordinary or "historic" example of The Grateful Dead at the very finest !!!

dums (cut)
"Jerry drums" : what were in those college brownies back-stage during the drum-break ? or was it the powdered sugar ? That's Jerry sittin' pretty, in the back (right), tapping on some calypso drums "thump-thumpitying" away... then comes out some goofball (invited by Kreutzmann) with two tin pans !? ... that was the Grateful Dead !!

Truckin' : Phil, at song's start, comes triumphantly up to the central mic, jovially, stomping his big-ass legs and wide grin ... otherwise Bobby fumbles up a lyric but the electricity is there ! Watch the end (out jam) at 7:15 to 7:30 with both Jerry & Bobby doing huge windmills ! Billy Kreutzmann throws up his drum sticks ! Cool !

Wharf Rat : thorough and serene.
Around² : thorough set-end rocker.
US Blues : Weir pulls out a hunter's whistle ... the song starts, Garcia is bouncing all around and, at 1:10, waving his hand, rolls out a big 'ol "I'm Uncle Sam, how do you do ?" !!! Garcia is ALL over this tune, digging it thoroughly !!!

Set2 end
Estimated Prophet ~
Eyes Of The World ~
drums ~
"jerry drums" ~
Truckin' ~
Wharf Rat ~
Around & Around
encore : US Blues

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