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The Other One
July 14, 1970
Euphoria Ballroom

ATOMIC! Garcia's subversive wah work only makes the area less safe for the public.
Beat it on Down The Line
Nov. 14, 1971
Texas Christian University

Searing version - groovy false start, then Garcia soars like an acrobat. Plug in!
The Other One
Feb. 6, 1969
Kiel Auditorium

CRUSH. Hard to believe they brought this intensity and dynamic precision all the time then, but they did! Ace!
March 31, 1973
War Memorial

Unknown Genre - iTunes. Kreutzmann drives this hovercraft - as he seems to in all of the great Berthas of this time. Look out for the guitars.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Sept. 29, 1971
Practice Studio

Have always loved the San Venetia tapes - almost like an x-ray of the GD. You can so hear the guitar architecture. So tempted to make that one word.


Dark Star
April 12, 1969
Student Union Ballroom, U. Utah

Garcia muscles his way through the early part of some with some amazing earthy compressed electric guitar. Garcia leads them into hairpin turns, murk, drama, etc ... The group attacks relentlessly - wave after wave.
Wharf Rat
May 25, 1977
The Mosque

An absolutely beautiful, intimate, one-of-a-kind opener into a double scoop of Garcia acrobatics. Top of his game. They all pretty much are. It comes as no shock that the Wharf Rat itself is First Rate Blue Ribbon Class. Chef's kiss.
The Other One
May 25, 1977
The Mosque

A big, graceful Beast. Garcia's a bottomless well of ideas, nearly hydroplaning. One of the things I love most about this period of Dead is their ability to get nearly perfectly quiet. Sets up a conversation. May '77 Other Ones - due more recog. This is a great advertisement. Complex and daring.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
June 17, 1976
Capitol Theater

Authoritative out of the gate. Drummers laying in the groove. June 1976 is a prime spot for so many of my favorite songs. Swingin' exploratory Slipknot! with some Garcia Travis Bean speechifyin'.
Not Fade Away
Sept. 20, 1970
Fillmore East

Only overlooked due to the night before's behemoth. A very enjoyable renewing of acquaintances.