1968: Essentially performed as on "The Ark" from Beat the Boots Volume I.
1972: This is the medley consisting of "Dog Breath Variations" and Uncle Meat". It is esentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume II, allowing for obvious differences in instrumentation, and minus the opening guitar riff from "Dog Breath". Originally, this was conceived as a three part medley, with "Low Budget Symphony Orchestra" comprising the first part. This original medley, however, only lasts for the first two performances.
1973: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume II, allowing for obvious differences in instrumentation, and with the standard deviation coming in the ridiculously brisk pace in which this song is frequently performed.
1973-74: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume II, allowing for obvious differences in instrumentation.
1974: DOG BREATH/UNCLE MEAT- Played as on YCDTOSA Volume II, with the only difference being the tempo of the pieces (occasionally played quite a bit faster). For me, this little medley represents the main reason why I like this tour so much better than all other '73 and '74 tours. Apart from the Spring '74 band, all other bands in this era performed this medley, and to my ears, performed it nowhere near as well. Technically speaking, the '73 performances are probably better, but energy wise, this band is where it is at. The other performances come across as cold exercises in technical wizardry- you cannot help but sit back and go "Wow." But these performances are not about the amazing skills of the band (which are truly amazing), but about the warmth and energy and simple good feeling that shoots through the music. These performances are fun. Earlier versions make you respect the band. These versions make you want to get up and dance. That is one of the reasons why I love this band so much.
1977-78: This impromptu performance of this classic tune arises out of Ed Mann's percussion solo during the 2/7 performance of "King Kong". During his solo, Ed teases the melody line to the tune, which prompts several band members to briefly join in. The song is shortly aborted, and Mann continues his solo. Later in the song, however, the band once again dives into the tune, and performs a more fully baked rendition. Not a great version of the song, but interesting to hear, nonetheless.
1978: Wow! I have yet to hear a tape of the few UM perfromances, but I am dying to get a hold of one. Still, I would settle for somebody sending me a description of what this version sounded like. [Naurin tells me not to get too excited. Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume II, with just Vinnie, Artie, and Eddie playing the bulk of the tune. Tommy throws in some out-of-place chords, and Vinnie freaks towards the latter part of the tune. Not that great a version, but nevertheless, a nice treat, I'm sure.]
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