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Mexicali Blues
Feb. 28, 1973
Salt Palace

So good you can practically see the border town.
Me and My Uncle
Nov. 17, 1971
Albuquerque Civic Auditorium

Two things: (1) the middle of a searing Other One > MAMU > Other One fest and (2) Garcia loses his mind (or mine) at the end of the solo.
Cryptical Envelopment
Nov. 17, 1971
Albuquerque Civic Auditorium

Drop dead gorgeous, lithe, and restaurant quality perfect.
May 1, 1980
Greensboro Coliseum

Clear To Hell - Hear how a luscious Candyman absorbs a crowd in NC.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Feb. 23, 1971
Capitol Theater

Lately I think of Port Chester. Fab 4 Alignment. Limber. Ambidextrous.


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.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Dec. 18, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

Where has this one been? Jeezo-fuck! Band's like a swiss watch and Weir is absolutely speaking in tongues at times. Love his playing in this one. The jam at 2:30 or so just absolutely slays. Weir & Garcia running crossing patterns - back & forth.
Dark Star
July 31, 1971
Yale Bowl, Yale University

Dark Star as living tissue. You can sense at about 5:30 that they have no idea what's coming down the pike, almost clueless - but that cluelessness leads to a conversation among people patiently working out a puzzle. Garcia kickin' it with the LP-JR. Much of it is 4-piece - a rock band line-up. Instead of limiting its color palette, the skeleton crew sounds freed up in very new ways. I love the Spring/Summer '71 Grateful Dead.