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Ramble On Rose
Oct. 24, 1971
Easttown Theatre

This is a clear and well delivered version of this song. Jerry's vocals are strong and Keith is adding some very nice honky-tonk piano!
2
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Feb. 4, 1969
The Music Box

Very solid bluesy show opener for what whould soon be a psychadelic explosion. Jerry's Gibson tone permiates your bones.
1
The Eleven
April 15, 1969
The Music Box

This is pure 69 psychadelic energy, at it's very best!
1
Truckin'
March 24, 1971
Winterland Arena

Crisp, clean and energetic. Bobby's guitar is up in the mix, and it was about 8 months before Keith's piano would step on his complex rythm work!
3
The Other One
March 24, 1971
Winterland Arena

This is another example of the fantastic, energetic, psyhadelic magic that the boys got, post Mickey and pre Keith!

Comments

China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
July 2, 1971
Fillmore West

I don't think Phil was out of tune. I Think he was hitting, or trying out some odd notes, in the intro, then he got right back into his usual bass lines. If any thing, Jerry and Bobby where a little out of tune because they re-tuned right after this song. As for the song, I love the single kit- pre Keith and Jerry on Strat era. This one definitely fits that bill.
The Eleven
June 5, 1969
Fillmore West

Jerry was completely deconstructing the intro lead lines on this version. Then he transitions back to the more familiar arpigios that we know and love. This was Jerry doing Jerry Things! I love that!
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Oct. 12, 1968
Avalon Ballroom

Enthusiastic energy and that fantastic Gibson tone, that Jerry was getting in this era, make for a an iconic psychedelic experience. I love the ending chord that Jerry lays down. This entire show is a mind blower!
Loser
Feb. 27, 1981
Uptown Theater

This is a really good find here, Sally! When Jerry nails that opening guitar line and his vocal gets that high lonesome tone, you know that you've got something. And this one really delivers that intangible quality that happens when this song is done right. Although I prefer the Strat tone that Jerry was getting on this song in 72, he's in the ball park with Tiger on this one. This version definitely deserves more attention.
The Eleven
Oct. 12, 1968
Avalon Ballroom

Agreed, completely!^