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Greek Theater, University Of California - Berkeley, CA

Set 1:
Shakedown Street
Walkin' Blues
Friend Of The Devil
Queen Jane Approximately
Dire Wolf
Good Time Blues
Turn On Your Love Light

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Ship Of Fools
Estimated Prophet
I Need A Miracle
The Wheel
Gimme Some Lovin'
Morning Dew

Turn On Your Love Light

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July ’88 has some real winners. 07/02 is well-known, solid all-around with a great second set. 07/03 was released in 30 Trips, thought 07/02 is tighter and stronger in this dude’s opinion. The rest of July’s shows are played at the Greek and Laguna Seca. This show is the first at the Greek and rips from the get-go. Lyric flubs to me always meant that they’d overcompensate and focus on jamming later. About five minutes from the end of Shakedown, Jerry, Brent, and Bobby connect on an impromptu peak and push the song along this path until the end. The pacing in this set is all over the place, unfortunately, though the playing is uniformly strong. Special attention to Walkin’ Blues (yep, Walkin’ Blues), an equal parts gentle/aggressive FOTD, the perfect Jerry solo in Queen Jane, bouncy Dire Wolf, and the very hot closing pair of Cassidy and Bertha. (In this period, Deal was frequently in the first set closer role. Bertha, usually an opener or second song in each set, here closes for the only time in ’88. Unique setlist construction for hometown crowd! [Other first set Bertha closers in ’87-’89: 07/12/87, 08/18/87, 04/17/89.])

Happy crowd buzzing during Scarlet intro. The whole band is dialed-in in FOTM and they do not stop pushing and pulling at the melodies and rhythms. An excellent way to start this money pre-Drums sequence. I don’t think you can call what Jerry’s doing from the middle of Estimated to the end of the song as soloing. He’s entrenched in the ensemble’s rhythmic variations and his own melodic invention. A stellar version for the era. The post Drums is a bit uneven for me. Especially the transition from Gimme Some Lovin’ to Morning Dew. I was never a big fan of I Need A Miracle, and here the pacing is totally off going into The Wheel afterwards. Dew delivers though, with Jerry wailing his vocals brilliantly building his solo to a blistering, shredded peak. There are definite dips and uneven spots in both sets, but when they’re on in this show, they’re playing exceptional music. Enjoy this ’88 heater and pass it along to a friend.
-Ed (07/21/2017)

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Band Configuration
(04/16/79 - 07/23/90)

Lead Guitar: Jerry Garcia
Rhythm Guitar: Bob Weir
Bass: Phil Lesh
Keyboards: Brent Mydland
Drums: Bill Kreutzmann
Drums: Mickey Hart

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