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High Heeled Sneakers
June 1, 1966
Owsley's House (rehearsal)?

Rare and obscure, on the Archive at gd1966-06-01.136642.watts.sbd.mr.dat48k.sirmick.flac16
I Know You Rider
March 12, 1966
Danish Center

Still in its infancy, but listen to Jerry swarming all over it like ten thousand honey bees. Lightning fast, almost a "let's do this for 50 years".
Who Do You Love
March 9, 1966
Owsley's House (rehearsal)

Pig is on fire and the band revs to 6000 rpm. Jerry's tone is a shredding crisp fist full of razor blades.
Samson and Delilah
Oct. 15, 1976
Shrine Auditorium

Lickety split drummer precision here and a stylin' strut in the heart of a great 2nd set.
Mama Tried
Oct. 15, 1976
Shrine Auditorium

Solid shitkicker. "As usual, dedicated to our equipment crew". Lol, Bobby.


Jan. 8, 1966
Fillmore Auditorium

Rippin' and trippin'. It's messy, wild and reckless.... with an edge-of-chaos intensity that can still blow your mind almost 54 years later. ^^Very cool note there about a possible influence on Tom Waits. No doubt about it, he surely heard the Dead in California in their early years. Cool association.
Can't Come Down
Nov. 3, 1965
Golden State Studios

Bob Dylan's influence on the Dead is evident from the lyrics and delivery of this oldest of the old demos. Harmonica, snarling vocals, proto-punk social commentary of the Highway 61-era. Anyone out there think they started listening to Dylan in the 90s???
Uncle John's Band
Dec. 31, 1976
Cow Palace

The first one in over two years, covering both the hiatus and all of '76. They sound just a wee bit tuckered out in the first moments (this being at leat 4 full hours of music into the night) but they rock the ever-lovin' shit out of it by the end in a 'here comes '77' way that jut slays me.
Help on the Way
Dec. 31, 1976
Cow Palace

Best Help>Slip without Frank out there. Prove me wrong!
Scarlet Begonias
Dec. 31, 1976
Cow Palace

Phil's running counterpoint to Jerry throughout the long jam is a masterclass on its own. Love the deconstruction of the outro theme before the finally land on it and come together like presto! hop! magic. As much as I loved Scarlet>Fire, I treasure the solo Scarlets too.