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Submissions

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Brokedown Palace
Oct. 23, 1972
Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

For a song notoriously difficult to pull off live, this one is just beautiful. Succinct, harmonious, deliberate: All good, in spite of AUD quality.
2
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Oct. 23, 1972
Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

Great transition into Rider here. Really strong '72 ensemble playing. Sound quality is only about a B though.
1
Black Throated Wind
Oct. 23, 1972
Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

Solid heady version with a great build-up. Sound is only B quality though.
1
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Oct. 19, 1972
Fox Theatre

One of the rare versions that stands apart with or without its NFA bread.
1
Dire Wolf
Oct. 19, 1972
Fox Theatre

For a song that was effectively out of rotation at this point, they pulled it off with sing-round-the-campfire sweetness. Jerry growls it out.

Comments

Playin' In The Band
Oct. 26, 1972
Music Hall

This is tremendous. This is a stop everything and listen to it now kinda thing. Somehow I'd never heard this one before tonight, but I'm pretty sure I'll be listening to it many many times now... in a row. There's a lot to it, including a brilliant brilliant Phil/Billy duo that would be hard to find parallels to anywhere else. With all respect to Grendel, I would humbly suggest that Billy sounds more like Tony Williams than Buddy Rich here - more channeling Tony's interactive poetry and muscularity than Buddy's fine-tuned engine at 6800rpm. Jerry's re-entry after the duo must have melted down more than one sensitive brain, and is some of his finest acid-washed genes on tape. Time to listen to it again.
The Other One
Oct. 24, 1972
Performing Arts Center

The only reason this isn't much much higher is the fact that it was recorded from the bottom of a full swimming pool. The Philo Stomp (two rounds) and Tiger Jam blowout are just brilliant, and the He's Gone is just so sweet. Great suite, but a tough AUD.
Dark Star
Jan. 23, 1970
Honolulu Civic Auditorium

Mellow or not, this one doesn't have a note or flam out of place. Everything is recording-studio perfect. What a beautiful night this must of been, full of the mahalo spirit of these magical islands.
Black Peter
Jan. 23, 1970
Honolulu Civic Auditorium

Here in Hawaii for work (!!!) and I just had a few minutes to tune in to some good old Grateful Dead, then remembered this show. Wow, just wow, this is a perfect version. The band is pristine and perfect, the vocals are aching and beautiful. I know I listed it here, and now I'm commenting on it, but jeez if any of you don't know about the Hawaii shows, I recommend you check out this beautiful version: They definitely flowed perfectly with the mahalo spirit. Historically important too, as these were the last shows with Tom Constanten, ending the Aoxamoxoa era and ushering in the Country Dead.
Tomorrow Is Forever
Oct. 23, 1972
Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

Comes as part of a nice down-to-earth half-set after the audience got slingshot past Mars with an epic Star. Donna sounds so good here - this was always her time to shine with Jerry.