13/01/70 - THE MATRIX, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
THE WAR IS OVER (13.52) / LADY WALKING DOWN BY THE RIVER (9.59) / JEANNIE I WANT TO THANK YOU (9.47) / AMERICA UNDER FIRE (6.27) / GUILTY (7.09) / THE TRAIN SONG (6.48) / GOIN' DOWN SLOW (16.19)
One show, with Steel Mill the sole act on the bill. Boz Scaggs was the scheduled headliner but he cancelled at that last minute due to illness and so Steel Mill played alone. This is the show attended by critic Philip Elwood, who turned up intending to review Scaggs but ended up writing a highly favorable review of Steel Mill that appeared in the 14/1/70 edition of ‘The San Francisco Examiner’. The above noted setlist emanates from a long circulating, excellent quality soundboard audio from one of the California gigs. This is very likely (but not absolutely certain) to emanate from this 13/01/70 show, as it seems to correspond closely to details noted in Elwood's article. Elwood mentions that the group opened with a brief warm-up instrumental rendition of "Satin Doll", that track doesn't appear on the circulating tape. However the other tracks mentioned by Elwood do appear and the crowd noise corresponds with Elwood's 1984 comments that very few people were in attendance. Released in 1990 on the CD "Live At The Matrix" (Great Dane Records).
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