I’ve always considered Loose Lucy a really fun song with a great main riff. Philly Deadheads got a real treat with this version in 1974. It’s got the lilt that one wants in this song plus the Wall of Sound? What’s not to like?
I know that the band dropped songs from the repertoire all the time, but this one confuses me. It wasn’t overplayed (just 97 times total), it has a great groove, and it always seems like the band and the audience have “a real good time” when it popped up on the setlist. But the Dead played it in 73 and 74, only to drop it until the first show of the Spring 1990 tour. Loose Lucy got the majority of its plays in the 1990-1995 period, especially the 1993-1995 window. If you’ve ever heard the recording of 3/14/90 the crowd goes a bit nuts when they realize what’s happening.
Complete Setlist 8/4/74
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