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Brown Eyed Women
Aug. 21, 1972
Berkeley Community Theater

Smooth with wicked edges in all the right places!
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
July 25, 1972
Paramount Theater

Overlooked, patient little gemerald.
Jack Straw
March 31, 1973
War Memorial

Bright, snappy, and full of mello P&V.
March 24, 1971
Winterland Arena

From the opening little parlay, hooked.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
April 29, 1971
Fillmore East

This one is the sound of a band that knows it can do pretty much anything. Smooth and fiery.


June 22, 1973
Pacific Coliseum

Just about everything in this show is deluxe - this included. I don't know if this show is underrated exactly, but epic and worthy of a remastered official release - no doubt.
June 11, 1976
Boston Music Hall

One of my favorite Sugarees. The good vibes of the birfday announcement lead into a purposeful, beautiful version. And 2nd set no less. Garcia's luminescent guitar is a lovely bow wrapped around this gem.
Big River
June 18, 1974
Freedom Hall

Kreutzmann sounds like Gene Krupa! What a swinging version - underpants drawer is right! Great chicken pickin' and piano trade offs. Cornbread, greens, all the fixins!
The Other One
July 25, 1972
Paramount Theater

I think you feel this one's gonna be special really early - the Strat is ready to swing. The entire group takes a big band approach and Garcia happily assumes the Johnny Hodges role and the guitars get weirder and weirder. Some beautiful stairwell jams (in ... mostly ... a good way) into real undiscovered country (sorry Wm Shatner). A unique Other One. Some of it is just stunning.
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Dec. 5, 1971
Felt Forum - Madison Square Garden

Garcia takes the story line from NFA and steers it in another direction. Top quality creativity and skill.