Jack Straw is definitely one of my favorite Grateful Dead tunes and certainly at top of my list of preferred Bobby tunes. It seems that Jack Straw is one of those tunes that could be a standard reading or include some more jamming.
Ok. You’re right. That’s a very generic statement. But the point being those occasions when they stretched out Jack Straw, those are awesome. This one of those tunes that I wish they had regularly stretched to the 9-12 minute range, just a bit shorter than a Let It Grow. In the very least Jack Straw begs for a ripping Garcia solo in the middle section. That D-Bm-A-E progression is a ton of fun and is a place where Jerry could really dig in.
Of course, in this version Jerry’s slickest work is more concentrated underneath the verses, but those flourishes of what could be are certainly there.
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