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March 14, 1971
Camp Randall Field House

At :30 Pig switches from tambourine to organ and we're off! These early '71 performances showcase Kreutzmann reveling in sweet space. Driving.
Feb. 19, 1971
Capitol Theater

A delicate, tight, searching super early version of a staple. Kruetzmann plays it light and springy and that 1971 Lesh caramel bass guitar!
Tennessee Jed
June 11, 1976
Boston Music Hall

If you know this smooth customer of a show, you know how drynamic [yes, I typed that] and user friendly this TJ is. An always welcome visitor.
June 26, 1976
Auditorium Theatre

Few things better than a June '76 Sugaree. Garcia with the first Travis Bean just sketches with the lightest, barest of precious metal filaments.
Tennessee Jed
July 22, 1972
Paramount Northwest Theatre

Summer '72 Jed: Sweet dynamics & precision engineering. Weir & Kreutzmann stir it up during Garcia's guitar break.


Tennessee Jed
April 22, 1977
The Spectrum

Rollicking, spring-in-its-step TJ with Godchaux really setting the table. Great guitar interplay during the break - and Garcia can't be stopped. He ascends.
Estimated Prophet
Feb. 26, 1977
Swing Auditorium

What's not to like about this freshie? Not a fully fully formed vehicle yet, but more than just a case of nice bones. I think Garcia and Godchaux are going through the same envelope filter (might even been a filter in Godchaux's set up). The good people of MuTron fixed that soon enough, but it sounds really cool just the way it is.
The Wheel
Feb. 26, 1977
Swing Auditorium

Like an 18-wheeler performing a triple axel. The entry point is downright rude -- like Garcia has just decided WHEEL NOW! There are a smattering of better Wheels out there, I know, but this one has absolutely its own excitement and energy. Unique and memorable. And yes: context means something.
Playin' In The Band
Feb. 26, 1977
Swing Auditorium

This one creeps up on you. On the surface, this is your typical happy-go-lucky '77 Playin' (which is fine) but as they pull away into the meat of the song, that patience and detail (hallmark of this show) take a speaking part and join a union. I have to face the fact that this show matches up very nicely with May of the same year. Fact faced. Accepted. Hey, I was upvote #69! Probably a prize on the way to my house as I type. A giant check. Tickets for a cruise?
Estimated Prophet
Nov. 2, 1977
Field House - Seneca College

A very crisp, high-energy Estimated that can stand with some of the redwoods from Spring '77. Garcia's coda Mu-Tron monologue is especially fluid - no need to call it a "guitar solo" because its really just a beautiful piece of improvisation, period. It's almost another lead voice taking over for Weir - a new character in the song. And this character has some darkness.