Today in Grateful Dead History: May 4, 1972 – Olympia Theater, Paris, France

stealie NOTE: This material was originally published in 2015 on my previous site. It has been updated and edited, sometimes heavily, and was posted in several batches in August, 2016.

Another day, another Europe ’72 show. The Dark Star stretches to almost 30 minutes and it twists and turns and has so many different moods that it is impossible to describe it. You will need to hear it twenty times before you have any sense of where it’s going.

Good Lovin’ is also a keeper. At times, it seems as if the band is trying to move in several directions at once and they never quite find that “magic” space, but it’s still a fun journey. If you like to hear Keith and Pigpen actually play their instruments, then this is a show for you – both are (relatively) high in the mix.

Stream the soundboard here: https://archive.org/details/gd72-05-04.sbd.hamilton.143.sbeok.shnf

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