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Ernie5

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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!!!!
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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.
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Candyman
July 12, 1976
Orpheum Theater

Spare, almost vulnerable take on this classic. Godchaux brings the church and Garcia brings the stained glass. An American beauty.
1
Estimated Prophet
Jan. 30, 1978
Uptown Theater

You can hear the swagger in their mutterings before they play. And the performance bears that out. Sure, smooth, and effortless.
1
It Must Have Been The Roses
Aug. 4, 1974
Philadelphia Civic Center

Letter perfect - the Godchauxs take this to a loftier level. Beautiful dynamic push-and-pull by the whole group.

Comments

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

Yeah - the outta tune thing doesn't really bug me. Often it probably would. This is just a great show.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
May 20, 1973
U.C.

Swings like a bitch. Can't even single out a lone peak performer. Everyone shines in this sharp, bouncy orb.
Playin' In The Band
July 16, 1976
Orpheum Theatre

As song or suite, this is some preeminent '76 Playin' action. Top shelf.
The Wheel
July 16, 1976
Orpheum Theatre

A sparkling, warm version of The Wheel. Like so many 1976 Wheels - emotional, deliberate, & crystalline w/some beautiful Garcia flourishes (sometimes of the Eastern variety). Part of a blistering second set. Extra bonus: a really nice audience recording does the trick.
Jack Straw
Aug. 4, 1974
Philadelphia Civic Center

What ds67 said. Great jazzbo bluegrass slalom.