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Ernie5

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Submissions

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China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Feb. 23, 1971
Capitol Theater

Lately I think of Port Chester. Fab 4 Alignment. Limber. Ambidextrous.
3
St. Stephen
Dec. 29, 1969
Boston Tea Party

The peak is like a merry-go-round spinning out of and back into control and then, albeit briefly, out and in of control again.
2
Loser
July 31, 1971
Yale Bowl, Yale University

Garcia crushes the guitar break and everything else.
1
Candyman
April 1, 1980
Capitol Theatre

Warm, gooey, and dynamic.
1
Jack Straw
July 22, 1972
Paramount Northwest Theatre

Casually Regal - An Eatery

Comments

Dark Star
April 21, 1969
The Ark

Garcia builds civilization's pillars with SG & Fender Twin. The rest of the song has many conflicts and resolutions. Many. My parents' sixth anniversary, so you know it's gonna cook.
New Potato Caboose
Oct. 22, 1967
Unknown

WOW - what a raw, visceral monorail this version is! Great shit that sounds killer on the new Anthem reissue. VLAM!
The Other One
Dec. 19, 1969
Fillmore Auditorium

Surprised this one hasn't received more due. Sure, Hart's all over the fucking place - often lost - but this one breathes fire from get and just dragons it down the parade route like a slick, fast, liquid, vapor mixed metaphor. Like greased lightning.
New Potato Caboose
Aug. 24, 1968
Shrine Auditorium

This one takes telepathy to a ridiculous place. Yeah, merely a totally excellent New Potato Caboose until a shade after 5:00. What the fuck just happened? SNUH?!?!?!?!?! YEAH! Wait - you were a scarecrow and you were a tin man and . . .
Dark Star
Jan. 17, 1970
Oregon State University

Fearless. Willing to go to nearly complete silence in a college gymnasium. TC contributes some creepy space age organ to more abstract parts of the score. By this point, the group has complete mastery over the art of not sounding like a rock band but obviously being a rock band. Know what I rock band?