Oh, sweet mother of six orphaned boys and a non-gender-declared child named Yes, is this an apparition in sound, a thrusting pulsing surging raging honker of a show that you need to listen to. I chose my words carefully: you NEED to listen to this show; 5/14/78 in the providence Civic Center is now a part of Maslow’s Heirarchy. It’s in the middle somewhere.
Some might say that the 17 minute Let It Grow, which incorporates the controversial (amongst the silly and shallow) new disco rhythms all the while bounding forward confidently is the highlight of the show, and they’d almost definitely be right, but listen to the next track.
Samson & Delilah gets short shrift, sometimes deservedly. it was always prone to wobbling and had this odd habit of coming to an unexpected, but complete, stop every once in a while for no reason at all, followed by this hilarious lurch back into the tune. Not this night, though. Keith kicks off the song with the drummers, comping funkily until the rest of them put out their cigarettes and remember that they’re working and Garcia just snarls his way through the back-up vocals and continues into Ship of Fools, growling and snapping consonants off quick and sharp.
To come: Dave picks his 8th.