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Grateful Dead June 4, 1976
Paramount Theatre Portland, OR | Listen on archive
First time they had played it in years, and a perfect version, which you don't get many with this song. P-e-r-f-e-c-t. Go listen, you'll see.
7Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
Help has an indescribable groove to it, Garcia's solo really shines. Slipknot is an exploratory ten minutes and gets slow at the end, Frank rules.
24Mission in the Rain
Debut of this beautiful classic. why was this not played way more often.
4Might As Well
Absolutely delcious with tasty contributions by all but particularly Keith Jerry and Donna Fantastic, Rip Roaring Jerry solo
4Samson and Delilah
Funky, FUNKY, FUNKY, did I MENTION THIS IS ONE FUNKY VERSION OF SAMSON, Soper hot loaded with Bass and drums this is one terrific version of Samson
Absolutely beautiful, Jerry's guitar tone and playing nearly unmatched in this version. It just soars so beautifully, Jerry is On top of this version
1Friend of the Devil
Brilliant early "slow version". I always prefered the desperado fast-paced ones, but this turns into a brilliant exploration and improv vehicle.
1Lazy Lightnin' -> Supplication
Short, sweet, brand new, and flawless.
1Playin' In The Band
This is a weird one. At times it seems like they forgot it was PiTB and went back to the HSF jam. Fun, but waaaaaaaaay loose.
2Let It Grow
Fires off like a rocket. Souped up and accelerated. Is this the first LiG without the WRS to introduce it? It's a speed demon top notch version.
Gorgeous vocals and a beautiful ensemble feel. This show is seriously underappreciated.
2Dancin' in the Streets
How has this whole show been overlooked? I know '76 is generally undervalued, even by '70s fans, but c'mon, this is smokin' hot stuff.
jerry tears it up and keith playing the saloon sound
Another example of how Sugaree thrived in 6/76: Garcia's sweet, mellow, bubbly silver thread guitar and group dynamics both jaunty & subtle. Primo.