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Born 2 B Dead

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El Paso
Sept. 12, 1981
Greek Theater

Jerry trying to untie one of his "knots" really tears into this version.
1
Passenger
March 14, 1981
Hartford Civic Center

Never really a favorite but this one made me sit up and take notice
3
Pretty Peggy O
Nov. 1, 1979
Nassau Coliseum

Everybody's in the groove on this sweet version
1
Bertha
June 18, 1983
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

One of my favorite versions. When they open with a Bertha like this, you know you're in for a hell of a ride.
2
Let It Grow
Sept. 26, 1981
Buffalo Auditorium

It's sooo cliche, the "I can't believe this version isn't represented" but it truly applies here. Incendiary LIG from an amazing show.

Comments

Samson and Delilah
Oct. 28, 1979
Cape Cod Coliseum

Not as Brentalicious as some 80's versions but Jerry's tapped into some serious cosmic energy here. A personal favorite.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Oct. 28, 1979
Cape Cod Coliseum

Double post due to malfunctioning mouse.........which I'll replace one of these days ;)
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Oct. 28, 1979
Cape Cod Coliseum

This really is an EPIC China-Rider. The Rider transition starts about 4 and a half minutes into China and that's where the magic kicks up a notch. If you can listen with seamless playback, we've basically got an 11+ minute IKYR jam here.
Lost Sailor -> Saint of Circumstance
Oct. 10, 1982
Frost Amphitheatre

Never used to be a Sailor>Saint fan until this show. Far as I can tell, the trio of Crazy Fingers>Sailor>Saint, happened only twice, with this being the first and (imo) best. Pity it didn't happen more often because it worked fantastically here....here.
Deal
July 31, 1971
Yale Bowl, Yale University

Nice early Deal and A big +1 for sending me back to the Bowl to discover that a SBD's been posted for this historic show!