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Tennessee Jed
Oct. 29, 1971
Allen Theatre

Bubbly, bratty storyboard version. Character & twang for miles. I'd pay to see this band. Two for a tenner? Four please.
Terrapin Station
April 27, 1977
Capitol Theatre

This is a very sweet Terrapin. Everyone's fired up to play it. All you need to do is watch the vid to see the pure joy this brings Garcia. Memorable.
The Other One
Feb. 28, 1970
Family Dog at the Great Highway

Oversight Alert! Conversational then a violent row ensues. A total taste treat. 1970.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
March 21, 1985
Hampton Coliseum

Voice shot, Garcia hums through his spidery 13 lb. guitar. With a lovely China Cat peak @4:30.
Tennessee Jed
March 19, 1977
Winterland Arena

(a) Garcia with aluminum pipe, (b) Purdie Shuffle '77 Pace, (c) Perfect Dynamic Control


Brown Eyed Women
Oct. 23, 1971
Easttown Theatre

Very sweet, pure, openhearted version of a favorite Garcia-Hunter Joint. Pure storytelling.
Not Fade Away
March 24, 1971
Winterland Arena

Step a distance from this - receive it in the abstract - and you realize how radical even this old-time R&R song was and is; Lesh is transmitting from another planet. FRESH.
Feel Like A Stranger
May 1, 1981
Hampton Coliseum

This show was a bit before my time, attendance-wise, but I saw some cool Hampton shows. And this tape tends to support the notion that there was some mojo in that building. I always thought it sounded good and was laid out in a nice away (from a fan's perspective anyway). Certainly, the GD brought some of their top-shelf merchandise there in the 80s.
Tennessee Jed
Nov. 12, 1971
San Antonio Civic Auditorium

Completely agree with Rockclimber here. Some songs are basically fool-proof in '71. Jed, Loser, Other One, China > Rider, NFA. Many more - I often (more often than not) land on 1971 when just looking for top-drawer Grateful Dead. What a diverse, cool year of performances.
Feel Like A Stranger
May 1, 1981
Hampton Coliseum

Hello envelope filter of my dreams! A sparkling, dreamy, light-on-its-feet Stranger from a favorite 80s show. A favorite 80's venue. And, yes, a really detailed, open audience tape. The more to follow Garcia down the rabbit hole a little bit.