|poster by S. Ross, courtesy concertposterauction.com|
The aud tape for 2/24/73 Iowa City is finally circulating! Can I tell you how happy this makes me? I'm really happy that the aud tape for 2/24/73 is finally circulating! There has always been this mysterious snippet of the tail end of the jam (/Phil>Feelin' Groovy) which, despite many folks' ravings (including Lavala's) was always hard for me to genuinely enjoy, given what was missing from the front end of it. Dead.net posted that same fragment plus the Sugar Magnolia closer as part of one of their 30 Days of Dead series. There's a second sbd fragment from the first set (with a killer Playin', at least), but for a long time that was the most of it. Frustratingly, there was a gushing review of the whole jam in the first Taper's Compendium, published 20 years ago almost to the day before this aud tape finally reached general digital circulation. No matter now. It's here! Listen!
God, this is good. They blaze through Truckin' and a nicely developed Nobody's Fault But Mine instrumental/jam, then spiral off towards the Other One. It seems like they're nearing escape velocity, but right at the moment when it could explode, it implodes instead and they peel back the surface to see the space within. "Dark Star," says the taper(?), right on cue, but nope: they explore a sparse, darkly melodic space that sounds like it could be a prelude for Stella Blue,
If you're not satiated, then perhaps another listen to 2/19/73 might be in order, another show that belies the expectations you may have for a 'typical' 1973 Truckin>Other One jam. There are plenty of exciting cat 'n mouse games turn unexpected corners into explosive passages, but none of the brooding melodic spaces of this one. A very potent pairing.