Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time to review this show tonight. Fortunately, you don’t need my input here (do you ever, really?) since this one is a good one from start to finish.
The second half of this show was released as part of Dick’s Picks 12 on the strength of several songs – Sugar Magnolia>Scarlet Begonias is a scorcher, with that funky ’74 Scarlet cresting in a pile of bass and sweet guitar wizardry and To Lay Me Down is amazing.
But the classic portion of the night comes during and after Weather Report Suite, which is played in its entirety with Let it Grow at the end. This is all special music, especially Let It Grow, which rages with pure fire. But after that, you’d better hold on to your seat because the Dead unleash a 30 minute jam of epic proportions that hints at all sorts of songs, including Dark Star, along the way. There is a ton of music here, all done up in a unique 1974 way that you’ve likely never heard before and probably won’t hear again. I’m not going to be able to describe this jam other than to tell you that it’s one of the classics, and that’s why it was immortalized by Dick’s Picks.
As for the rest of the show, it’s 1974, so it’s high quality throughout, but you’re really here for that second set jam.
This audience recording is the most complete copy available, but it’s still missing a few songs at the end. If you want to hear the whole second set, you’ll need to find Dick’s Picks 12. But the jam is what you’re looking for, and you’ll find it here: https://archive.org/details/gd1974-06-28.sonyecm99.moore.berger.106003.flac24