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Loser
March 24, 1973
The Spectrum

Heavens! It took a Dave's Picks to get this on the board! Soft, seductive, dark, and pretty much perfectly realized. Guitar break: shit yeah.
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Estimated Prophet
Dec. 29, 1977
Winterland Arena

Bold, sharp, confident version with plenty of 1977 squoosh. This version has that great '77 restraint with Garcia speaking in MuTron tongues.
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Brown Eyed Women
Oct. 29, 1973
Kiel Auditorium

Attention. To. Detail. - ESP Weir. Not the world's greatest recording, but the band is bubbly & effortless.
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China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
July 31, 1971
Yale Bowl, Yale University

Listened to this on a big PA outside over the summer and it's so alive, athletic, and filled with beautiful instrumental cross-talk. Improv!
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Sugaree
June 4, 1976
Paramount Theatre

Another example of how Sugaree thrived in 6/76: Garcia's sweet, mellow, bubbly silver thread guitar and group dynamics both jaunty & subtle. Primo.

Comments

China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Dec. 8, 1973
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke U

There's almost a strange cautious approach at first. No rush. Then by the middle of the first break, it's a full blown talk party. It has that great springy glow indicative of Fall '73. And yeah DS67: Garcia adds rocket fuel, and everyone is FLYING. If memory serves, this entire show is a taste treat. Topic for further research.
Scarlet Begonias
Feb. 27, 1977
Robertson Gym, UC Santa Barbara

A healthy revisit. Out of the chute: a party.
Here Comes Sunshine
March 24, 1973
The Spectrum

Lush & inviting. Yes, things got more adventurous with this song in the Fall, but this baby stands toe-to-toe. Everything is easy but also precise - they take the listener on a serious ride. + This is a pretty good example of why I love the Strat Years for Garcia - the machine allows Garcia to be surgical, but also vary the touch whenever he wants - note-to-note if he likes. Allows the group to engage in collective pointillism. This song lives on that. Dynamics crazy.
The Other One
Nov. 20, 1973
Denver Coliseum

A grower. The interactions and intricacies begin to coalesce into something cool. And then I go, "Oh yeah, a '73 Other One - what can go wrong?" Answer: nada.
They Love Each Other
Nov. 21, 1973
Denver Coliseum

I'd say more mid-tempo than slow (leaning toward up-tempo), but groovy! Still way better than the slow versions - even with the desultory bridge, which has never made sense to me and seems completely tacked on. But this one slithers like a champeen. Dig it!