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Uncle John's Band
Aug. 18, 1970
Fillmore West

Beautiful finisher to a terrific show. Peak Dead.
2
Dark Hollow
Aug. 18, 1970
Fillmore West

Gotta love 1970 acoustic sets. This is a classic version.
1
Mama Tried
June 21, 1970
Pauley Ballroom, U. of California

Raw, 1970 power.
3
Attics of My Life
July 12, 1970
Fillmore East

Oh man what a version. Slow, melodic...
1
Friend of the Devil
July 12, 1970
Fillmore East

Beautiful acoustic version. Amazed this hasn't made the list yet.

Comments

Dark Star
June 24, 1970
Capitol Theatre

I've always wondered what the Dead thought of this show. Here's a quote from a lucky bastard who was there: "Exactly one week after the concert, on my way home to Edmonton, Canada, my pal Dave and I stopped in Winnipeg (and later Calgary) to catch the Dead, The Band, Janis and others on the Festival Express tour. Walking through the crowd with a joint we stumbled into Jerry who joined us and a few others for a smoke. I mentioned that we had been at the Capitol Theater concert and that they were terrific. He gave me a huge smile and said something like (its been 43 years) ''that was a magical night, wasn't it?'' Damn right."
Not Fade Away
Sept. 20, 1970
Fillmore East

The 1970 versions just crackle with energy and creativity. Not that it's a competition, but I can't understand why Englishtown is considered the definitive version compared to 6/24/1970 or 9/19/70.
Bird Song
Feb. 17, 1973
St. Paul Auditorium

Boy was I slow to recognize the '73 Bird Songs. They are amazing, this one included.
High Time
Nov. 8, 1969
Fillmore West

Passionate and beautiful.
Here Comes Sunshine
June 22, 1973
Pacific Coliseum

Just listened to this for the first time. Blown away. This has to be in the top 2-3 versions ever.