The last selection from the Dick’s Picks series comes by way of Philadelphia and the wonderful year of 1972: Ramble On Rose.
This one fills the gap from the previous Ramble On Rose picks, which were from 1971 and 1972, but sheds the trends of November shows in lieu of a September one. Of course, Ramble On Rose was still quite new in 1972, having debuted in the fall of 1971. By this point the Grateful Dead had been playing the song for about a year (hooray for simple math!). In total, the Dead played 85 shows in 1972 and Ramble On Rose figured into 43 of them.
For me 71-74 was the high point for Ramble On Rose. Keith added so much to the song and it just oozes that Americana vibe. He was an important contributor to that, notably because of his acoustic piano if you want my opinion, and when those barrel rolls and keyboard swipes became less frequent, well… But let’s focus on the positive. The halcyon days of Ramble On Rose.
Complete Setlist 9/21/72
Previous Ramble On Rose DFAY Selections
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