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Johnny B. Goode
Sept. 28, 1976
Onondaga County War Memorial

I think they encored JBG whenever they knew they'd absolutely nailed it. It's like comedians telling "The Aristocrats". Musicians can just tell....
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Dancin' in the Streets
Sept. 28, 1976
Onondaga County War Memorial

How on earth is this not up yet? It really kicks off the Fall '76 retooling of Dancin' with style. Brilliant, tight, and part of an enormous 2nd set.
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New Minglewood Blues
Sept. 28, 1976
Onondaga County War Memorial

This one and the 07.18.76 versions are both so goddamned good. Jerry is a tsunami behind snarlin' Bobby. So gritty, so good.
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Samson and Delilah
Sept. 27, 1976
Community War Memorial Auditorium

Stunning. Chronically underrated song in a chronically underrated year: Listen to Jerry blaze through this like a man with 100 fingers.
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The Music Never Stopped
Sept. 27, 1976
Community War Memorial Auditorium

Note for note brilliant. Jerry is blazing over the band with one brilliant line after another. Great set capper.

Comments

Cold Rain and Snow
Sept. 28, 1976
Onondaga County War Memorial

CR&S was always my favorite opener and this one doesn't disappoint at all. I always felt like they held it for when they were all feeling amped up and ready to play. Something about the groove, and something that harkens back to their earliest repertoire makes it extra special. Plus this one has serious butt.
Franklin's Tower
Sept. 27, 1976
Community War Memorial Auditorium

Is that what that is? Whatever you call it, it's also a pinnacle of exuberant musicianship and just simply amazing. At 14:00 or so Jerry teases China Cat, which had dropped out of rotation at this stage. What a gem.
The Other One
Sept. 27, 1976
Community War Memorial Auditorium

Only nine TOO this year, no Dark Stars, and not many PiTB. They weren't going for the long and wild explorations of the deep weird so much as perfecting the tight ensemble musicality that comes to a head in the great '77 tours. But this TOO stands out for its part in a long extended 2nd set jam that covers so much ground at supersonic speed. Doesn't go to mars, but covers the earth in low orbit more than once.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
Sept. 27, 1976
Community War Memorial Auditorium

The Help>Slip part of this is absolutely rock solid. Twisting and turning at high speed, they don't miss a beat. One of the tightest live ones I know of, and should be much higher just for this. The Franklin's is joyous, and long, just exactly perfect.
Lazy Lightnin' -> Supplication
Sept. 27, 1976
Community War Memorial Auditorium

You know how when old head's talk about '76 and mention the great LL>Sup jams? Well here it is. This kicks off and just doesn't stop. The whole show features one of the greatest 2nd sets of all time, and this one shows you earlier on in the show just how ready they were to go further and farther faster.