Eyes of the World
6/10/73 R.F.K. Stadium, Washington D.C.
I reviewed the Here Comes Sunshine from this incredible three-set show at RFK Stadium in my 2010 edition of the Unofficial 31 Days of Dead. Just as deserving of serious attention is the gorgeous, ethereal Eyes of the World that kicks off the second set. Clocking in at over 20 minutes, this standout version of Eyes in its prime is probably one of the longest ever.
The jazzy interplay between all band members is sublime. Billy in particular is at his all-time best, making great use of splashing and bell-ringing cymbals. Bob’s sharp rhythm guitar complements the percussion madness creating a dance-like atmosphere. Keith also rises to the occasion adding some tasty piano flourishes. The rapid hallucinatory flight of Garcia’s notes blossom into colors and fractal images and the “Stronger Than Dirt” jam is extremely tight and played very confidently. For this Eyes, the energy ranks right up there with the versions from 8/6/74 and 10/19/74. Eventually things become looser and the music drifts off into a blues-like dirge.
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