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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.


Early Morning Rain
Nov. 29, 1966
The Matrix

Ultra-rarity and so much fun. What a treat.
Smokestack Lightnin'
Nov. 19, 1966
Fillmore Auditorium

Jerry's metallic tone and Bobby's angular hard-swiping slasher effect turn the jam into a wild industrial ride. Pigpen is of course in perfect form. All in all it's hard to believe this is '66. Good ol' Grateful Dead indeed - with a biting hard edge that shows how they could already turn on a dime from peaceful hippies into a dangerous menacing force at this stage.
The Same Thing
Nov. 19, 1966
Fillmore Auditorium

Outrageous jam on this early gem. Pigpen's voice is perfect and the band goes bananas behind him.
Cream Puff War
Nov. 19, 1966
Fillmore Auditorium

Starts a little rougher, but turns into a solid-fuel rocket and blasts off in a truly inspired jam.
Wharf Rat
June 20, 1983
Merriweather Post Pavilion

Y'all got me: This is magic. Just how dialled in do you have to be to meet lighting bolts with thunder? Go Phil go...