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Cream Puff War
July 17, 1966
Fillmore Auditorium

A rip-snortin' wild ride. Not as stretched out as the day before, but still an explosive starting pistol at the earliest days of the Dead.
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.


New Potato Caboose
Jan. 27, 1967
Avalon Ballroom

Between the Human Be-In two weeks earlier and this blisteringly hot announcement to the "scene" the Dead seemed to go from pop psychedelica to the Danger Dead, with a swaggering, no prisoners, no bullshit muscle behind their prankster games. The sound quality here leaves some to be desired, and it fades out into VLB, but it's more than worth a listen. It'll steal your freakin' face, is what it'll do.
Viola Lee Blues
Jan. 27, 1967
Avalon Ballroom

By far the furthest jam and meltdown on any Viola thus far in the recorded history. The tape speed is a bit dubious, but the jam is an absolute must.
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Jan. 14, 1967
Polo Field, Golden Gate Park

Unmistakeably Charles Lloyd. Pretty hot flute, but he's no Pigpen on the rap.
Morning Dew
Jan. 14, 1967
Polo Field, Golden Gate Park

Until further notice, this is the first one. I admit it sounds pretty polished and full of gong, but who cares! It's brilliant, Jerry's vocals are sweet, and the jam has all the power of the Dew we know. Love it.
Dancin' in the Streets
Dec. 1, 1966
Studio demo

Jerry's tone and ideas - he chordal jamming as opposed to his single-note lines - remind me of the work that he did with Jefferson Airplane at right about this time while recording Surrealistic Pillow. Plus, and it's a big plus, this jam goes into a whole different place from the others of the time. For a bit it's a whirling Dervish or Algerian Nouba sound before Bobby cuts back in with the vocals, then a four-on-the-floor outro. Great stuff.