• The Spectrum - September 21, 1972

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  • Promised Land
    Bird Song
    El Paso
    China Cat Sunflower
    I Know You Rider
    Black Throated Wind
    Big Railroad Blues
    Jack Straw
    Loser
    Big River
    Ramble On Rose
    Cumberland Blues
    Playing in the Band

    He's Gone
    Truckin'
    Black Peter
    Mexicali Blues
    Dark Star
    Morning Dew
    Beat it on Down the Line
    Mississippi Half-Step
    Sugar Magnolia
    Friend of the Devil
    Not Fade Away
    Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
    Not Fade Away

    One More Saturday Night

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Promised Land
Bird Song
El Paso
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Black Throated Wind
Big Railroad Blues
Jack Straw
Loser
Big River
Ramble On Rose
Cumberland Blues
Playing in the Band

He's Gone
Truckin'
Black Peter
Mexicali Blues
Dark Star
Morning Dew
Beat it on Down the Line
Mississippi Half-Step
Sugar Magnolia
Friend of the Devil
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away

One More Saturday Night
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Remember that? I doI was a sophomore in High School and this show was on a Thursday night (as I remember).Needless to say my parents weren't too happy when I strolled in the door at 3:30 am still buzzed (in more ways than the obvious) after being entertained by the greatest band to ever take the stage. Prior the concert my friends and I always spoke of the songs we hoped they'd play,we were all out of our minds to here Jack Straw/Morning Dew/China Cat/Truckin' and DARK STAR! Whoa! Now that was a show. I retrospect I can't see through the archives that these guys were on their greatest roll of all time,but when we were standing so close to the stage during the actual show we had no idea that it could be this good. It was,and I feel sorry for anyone too young to have been able to see this band then.
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I was 16 yrs old ~ went from the dave clark 5 to The Dead in 5 hoursThe first time I heard China>Rider I new I found religion. My older brother Phil took me & he's now hanging out with Jerry. Oh by the way Dick's picks 36 (this show) came out 2 weeks after he passed. Now That's Religion the way it ought to be ! FARE THEE WELL
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Where did you go to school ? I was a sophmore too ~ Pennsbury.
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Remember that? I do Is China Cat your favourite GD song?It's mine for certain. I also love Dark Star,Eyes of the World,Morning Dew,St. Stephen etc. Any of the best jam songs were my fav's. Do you ever go to see Ratdog or Phil & Friends? It's fun to be our age and still visit the shows.The music is still tremendous too. I'll think of your brother the next time I listen to #36. Cheers! jim
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Remember that? I do Small world don't you think? How were you the next day? I can still remember being detained in detention for falling asleep in German class. Oh well,I guess the joy of being of teutonic heritage didn't interest me as much as the jams of Jerry and the boys from the previous night.It didn't matter anyway because I wound up becoming a chef after college,and I still can't read German.
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I had more fun in the Spectrum then in any other venue. I grew up in a little town (Phoenixville) about 20 minutes from Philly this is where I got to hang with some of my most dearest friends having the best times of our lives. I didn't get to see my first show for another 12 years, but they seemed to blow the lid off that place everytime.
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Jim,Thanks for the warm response ~ China>Rider; Iko, Jack Straw, The Other One 'Eyes' for sure. Ripple & Brokedown Palace which I sang @ my brothers' service. Also wore tie-dye 'cause he wanted me to. Send me your e-mail address & I'll send you a church sign re; comments from up high about Jerry's thoughts on Rat Dog & Phil & Friends. I chose to keep going to shows & keeping the good vibes alive. Onward ^ Fred G ~ fgermaine@kc.rr.com
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Are you still a chef ? I'm a partner in a wine disributor in KC. MO I really miss Balloons * I don't remember the next day at all ~ but I do remember the show`
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The Universe moved to welcome me into the Journey that I still follow. Earlier that afternoon I was introduced to Mr. Natural and all the turns that brought me through. As the Sun grew low my older brother invited his 14 year old brother along to share a band like no other. "What a long strange trip its been..." Thank you.
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"...And I will be thereFor the price of a taxi ride." Jerry performs in the Bay Area the night after this, 9/22, in a benefit w/ Merl Saunders. Then he's back on the East Coast for consecutive nights in Waterbury, the 23rd and 24th. Oh to be young, talented, and in demand. This all in the midst of possibly the three greatest Dark Stars ever performed consecutively- 9/21, 9/24, 9/27.
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I was 14 also, went with my best friend and his older brother and gf. I still have that ticket stub. What a night. I twirlled my ass off that night and have been dizzy ever since. I like long walks, especially when taken by people who annoy me!
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as with my first in "69" this was with a group of friends from PSU@ state college, pa. we were all on the bus this night don't know how we made it from state college to philly. And i'd have to look at the set list to tell you what they played. However it was a great freekin time!!!
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He loves the Dead and all of all his stories this is my favorite, how they played for 5 and a half hours and the wall of sound... It all sounds awesome, but at the same time it makes me sad that I'll never get to experience it the way he did.
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This was a strange show for me had not had any sleep in 48 hours.Was real buzzed i remember a guy in the parking lots selling TRIPS.
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My first show was in 1976 at the Tower Theater outside of Philly, I was 17 at the time. However Europe ’72 was my first exposure to the Dead and I just loved the whole album and, all the music from ’72 has been very special to me ever since. This show was on my home turf so, I feel I have some connection to it, I saw them there so many times over the years. However, this show is no doubt unique, not only due to how well they played (probably the best Dark Star that I have ever heard), but the length of the show is unbelievable. It’s so great to read some of the stories from the folks that were there. Thanks! Pete
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It was also my first show and a sophomore as well 16 yrs old and my brother drove. Mine is still with me. Yes that was some of their better shows. I remember standing in front of the stage, Jerry playing his white Strat. I was totally blown away and hooked. I will never forget that experience. I think that show and the Boston Music Hall shows Nov 30 1973 were the best I had seen. Oh yea from Vineland, NJ live in the Phila burbs now. The music never stops.
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    Mgross1356
    5 years 7 months ago
    First show
    It was also my first show and a sophomore as well 16 yrs old and my brother drove. Mine is still with me. Yes that was some of their better shows. I remember standing in front of the stage, Jerry playing his white Strat. I was totally blown away and hooked. I will never forget that experience. I think that show and the Boston Music Hall shows Nov 30 1973 were the best I had seen. Oh yea from Vineland, NJ live in the Phila burbs now. The music never stops.
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    petemx5
    8 years 2 months ago
    What an outrageous show!
    My first show was in 1976 at the Tower Theater outside of Philly, I was 17 at the time. However Europe ’72 was my first exposure to the Dead and I just loved the whole album and, all the music from ’72 has been very special to me ever since. This show was on my home turf so, I feel I have some connection to it, I saw them there so many times over the years. However, this show is no doubt unique, not only due to how well they played (probably the best Dark Star that I have ever heard), but the length of the show is unbelievable. It’s so great to read some of the stories from the folks that were there. Thanks! Pete
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    ratdog09
    11 years 2 months ago
    This was a strange show for
    This was a strange show for me had not had any sleep in 48 hours.Was real buzzed i remember a guy in the parking lots selling TRIPS.