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01/11/78
Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles, CA

Set 1:
New Minglewood Blues
Dire Wolf
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Big River
El Paso
Brown-Eyed Women
Let It Grow

Set 2:
Samson And Delilah
Sunrise
Terrapin Station
Playin' In The Band
St. Stephen
Not Fade Away
Playin' In The Band

Encore:
Passenger

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Comments:

10:43] Playing In The Band->
04:28] Spacey Jam->
02:31] Drums with Phil->
03:40] Jam->
09:59] Saint Stephen->
08:02] Not Fade Away->
05:14] Spacey Jam->
03:16] Playing In The Band (reprise)


-fz (02/13/2009)


caught pretty much full show on KPFA...good show, hard jamming. kind of a carry over from 1977 with a couple of tweeks. Me gusta and I recommend. No surprise there.
- (03/14/2018)


High-octane show that's on the shorter side (2:10 or so). Band sounds frisky throughout and there are particularly explosive moments during LIG, Samson, Terrapin, and Stephen > NFA. They also take Big River at a very brisk pace. AUD sounds good to my ears... seems like the band often got it right at the Shrine ('68, '76).
-Just Exactly Perfect Band (05/08/2018)


Ordinarily, a Charlie Miller transfer is the tape I'd look for when searching for a show. In this case, there is a great CM transfer on the archive, but I went with a Matrix with heavy emphasis on the Holwein AUD-MOTB. The transfer is by Bob Menke, and the mastering & matrix is by Derek McCabe. This is an all-star cast for this matrix. The mixing, levels, separation, and bass are exceptional. The sound is A+. NOTE: Jerry voice is very hoarse because he is getting over a severe case of laryngitis. (He doesn't sing in the second set of tour-opening 01/06, and doesn't sing at all in 01/07 or 01/08.) He makes up for it with a highly melodic and pulsating leads and solos.

Set 1:
Minglewood is a very strong opener. The crowd thunderously responds to Bobby's first line, and Jerry takes a sharp turn through his solo. Jerry's turn in LLR is fantastic, and Donna also contributes great back-up vocals. Check out Jerry's picking leads in Big River, and how the Devils and Phil push the song forward. Jerry's first time around is firmly anchored in the melody, using it as a springboard for subsequent turns. Fantastic guitar playing all around. There is an understated transition into El Paso, where the band's tempo seems a little off. It picks up as the song moves forward, and the Devils do exceptional work. I'm an irrational fan of the BEW introduction. I thought Jerry was about to go for a second turn in the middle of BEW, but they went back to the verse. His singing is still a little weak, but the guitar is mighty powerful. Can't say enough too about this LIG. Aggressive and ragged, with very focused playing by everyone, this is one of the best from 1978. Jerry begins to fan a la Dew before dropping back into the verse. It's a unique five-star version. Wow!

Set 2:
Samson starts off the second set with a bang. Jerry is playing strong and stays on top of his lines, moving the groove forward. The Devils keep up with him, and the entry back into the verse is money. Phil is great here too. Sunrise is a huge change of pace here, and moves the show towards a more contemplative style, away from the sharp, angular improvisations, Jerry's solo notwithstanding. The long tuning after Sunrise is a like a deep breath before:

Terrapin->
Playin'->
Drums->
Space->
St. Stephen->
NFA->
Playin'

Terrapin is very strong with a somewhat subdued ending. The intro into Playin' is very odd with the beat all over the place. They fall back into the groove during the verse, and boy do they take off in the jam section. Twelve minutes of dialed-in, far-reaching, exploratory, focused playing. Phil fans, turn this up. When Jerry takes the helm, his leads guide the band without soloing above them. It's great musicianship and a big part of what makes him a unique axeman. The ending of the show is pure butter. An excellent Stephen leads into raucous NFA and a lengthy Playin' reprise. Even the encore is hard! Enjoy this odd gem, and pass it along to a friend.
-Ed (06/04/2018)


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Band Configuration
(10/20/74 - 02/17/79)

Lead Guitar: Jerry Garcia
Rhythm Guitar: Bob Weir
Bass: Phil Lesh
Keyboards: Keith Godchaux
Drums: Bill Kreutzmann
Drums: Mickey Hart
Backup Vocals: Donna Godchaux

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