When mapping out the final month of this project I was left with a few holes once I had gone through my obvious selections. Loser was originally a hole filler then, but I’m glad I revisited this number one last time.
I tend to think that Loser is an under-rated Grateful Dead song. If the tempo and pace are on the brisker side, like they are here the song is absolute dynamite. Jerry usually unleashes a killer solo and everyone is happy. I know a lot people have issues with the Europe 72 mixes, but every time I give a close listen to anything from that box set with headphones I’m shocked as to why. Lack of Keith is a common complaint but he’s very present here and, for me, totally makes this version stand out. Perhaps I’m not selecting the right tracks where these things emerge, but for my money I love the Europe 72 releases.
There’s a reason this tour is so widely lauded by the band and fans alike. Pretty much every song has the ability to stand out on a given listen back to the recording. Gotta love the Good Old Grateful Dead!
Complete Setlist 4/16/72
Previous Loser DFAY Selections
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