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1
Ship of Fools
Oct. 18, 1978
Winterland Arena

An especially sharp and spirited specimen - expressive vocals, the rhythm section is precise, and Garcia's guitar break is masterful. A still life.
2
Tennessee Jed
Oct. 1, 1977
Paramount Theatre

Energetic, serene AND Garcia's break is pure ragtime gold. In a good TJ, the guitar is a character. Here: a little insolent. Quality.
1
The Wheel
June 28, 1976
Auditorium Theatre

That spacious, unadorned June 1976 sound is so perfect for The Wheel. This one's dynamic and delivered with feeling. Cool show.
2
Cumberland Blues
March 20, 1971
University of Iowa

Oh man: LISTEN! Vocals are mixed a bit high, but this Cumberland has all the important "little" details. Notes the quotes. B'AM!!!!
1
Tennessee Jed
July 12, 1976
Orpheum Theater

1976: Your standard issue tipsy, warm-hearted TJ of the period. The guitar break is more conversation than guitar solo. Standard but special.

Comments

Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
April 8, 1978
Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Garcia's brash guitar break in Scarlet ups the ante and the ante stays up. A nice long, leisurely stretch-out of a transition is ultra-fine. It also sets the tone for a slow-burn Fire wherein JG teases with dispatches of soupy Mu-Tron III transmissions.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Sept. 11, 1982
West Palm Beach Auditorium

Happy to sound the alarm, DS67.
Tennessee Jed
Sept. 11, 1982
West Palm Beach Auditorium

Garcia really tears into this TJ vocally. Really his singing throughout this show is extra good - spirited, warm, generous. And his guitar break isn't a scorcher, but nicely conversational. Bonus - Mydland's hyper-tinkling doesn't put me off the trail. Yes, the Seamons matrix serves this one up in deluxe fashion.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Sept. 11, 1982
West Palm Beach Auditorium

DS67 - that's the one I was swingin' on.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Sept. 11, 1982
West Palm Beach Auditorium

A sunny, spirited S>F with Garcia in lovely form, both guitar + vox. Sometimes I don't really want to hear Mydland this prominently in the mix, but he adds some real flavor/texture. Every member of the group is restrained and patient, but not without some great energy. Garcia begins setting themes in the transition fairly early - they're more like suggestions than statements. Interestingly, he takes them to the end theme for a little side trip in the Scarlet coda before steering the craft into Fire. This is one of the best '82 S>Fs I've heard - holds up really well next to any 1980s version. After to listening to soooo many great 1977 takes, it's nice to hear an early 80s exemplar. Matrix is sweet.