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Dead of the Day: October 17, 1982

Santa Fe Downs
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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The show starts off with a Half-Step> Franklin’s Tower combo, which is always so sweet, as it is here. A little bit later Me And My Uncle comes out and is a lot of fun as the crowd gets into it from the beginning, but really roars with the “We stopped over in Santa Fe” line. And we get a little double-shot of Bobby playing cowboy as he comes right back with Mexicali Blues afterwards. A really hot Althea spills forth next, which then goes into a fairly rare first set Women Are Smarter. Two songs later, they finish off the set with a smoking Deal that careens through a runaway jam that is just ferocious. There were certainly moments in the first set, and this audience tape really brings out the flavor of what it must have been like watching the Dead with the sun setting on the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background, but it is the second half that is the real deal. It gets going out of the break with a buttery smooth, totally pimped out and funky Shakedown. Then, after a powerful Samson, Brent takes over with Never Trust A Woman, dealing up stellar keys as the band does its best blues work. From there, things get even headier with a mind-blowing Estimated where Jerry just lays into that wah-wah sound of his. The Estimated transitions into He’s Gone. Here, the boys do not let the vocal harmonies play out as long as they do on other nights, but an interesting, noodling jam forms out of it, searching for something before finding a neat little rhythm. But before it can develop too much, the drummers take over. On the flip side of Drums> Space, Bobby takes it out with an early - just the ninth ever - Throwing Stones, and it literally sounds youthful and raw. At this point, you could be forgiven for thinking the boys might be looking for a song or two to take them out. Instead, a monster round of music ensues with an earthy Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad. That heads into a beautiful Wheel that begins by trickling out before gathering momentum and rolling on. At the end of it, they strum about before Jerry and Bobby start leading the band into The Other One, which turns out to be a sparse yet complex and tasty affair. After that, there is still a satisfying Wharf Rat and a rocking Good Lovin’ left in the set, making for a huge post-Space run. 

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