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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


Tennessee Jed
Nov. 12, 1971
San Antonio Civic Auditorium

Love '71 Jeds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
June 24, 1973
Memorial Coliseum

I'm a big fan of the non-FG transition. With some exceptions, the FG transition often feels tacked on to me and momentum-killing. AND YET - love '73-'74 China > Riders. First world problems.
Tennessee Jed
Jan. 22, 1978
McArthur Court, U of Oregon

Great in-the-pocket pace and guitar dynamics in this Jed - a favorite from a wicked show.
Cold Rain and Snow
June 17, 1976
Capitol Theater

Silky Cold Rain - Garcia patiently waits for holes to open and then takes what the defense gives him. Such a classic Garcia, silvery '76 guitar break that sounds almost like you walked in in the middle of a conversation. And the sound of the Betty is wow.
Big River
March 24, 1973
The Spectrum

Garcia makes this one extra especial.