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Drummer

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Submissions

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One More Saturday Night
Feb. 23, 1974
Winterland Arena

Last from this show to be nominated...wraps up an excellent second set in style.
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Drums
Dec. 18, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

Last piece of this brilliant show to be submitted. Billy unleashes some wild, tribal bashing to cleanse our palette between DS and Eyes
1
El Paso
Dec. 18, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

Wired version from an all-time great show.
2
Me and Bobby McGee
Dec. 18, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

No love for this beautiful version at an epic show?
1
Mexicali Blues
Dec. 10, 1973
Charlotte Coliseum

Ramshackle in the best way

Comments

Playin' In The Band
Dec. 19, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

This one has a dark, menacing vibe to it that I love. It's not even the most overtly trippy/meltdown-y — in fact, it keeps moving at a pretty good clip — but it has a spookiness to it...
Here Comes Sunshine
Dec. 19, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

Certainly in the GOAT discussion. I actually think it's great, not *all-time great* up until the drum break, at which point it just soars. Jerry's use of repetition as it builds is just mesmerizing, and it accelerates all the way through the finish. Some versions peak a little early. So all of that to say, while others may maintain a higher "average" from start to finish by virtue of a stronger opening jam, I do think this one has the highest, best-placed and longest-sustained peak...
They Love Each Other
Dec. 18, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

Really nice rhythm work from Bobby, and you're right about the extra Motown flavour! A fitting final version for the song's best year (IMO)...
Looks Like Rain
Dec. 18, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

Gorgeous, yet powerful! One of the better ones I've heard...
Don't Ease Me In
Dec. 18, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

Nice groove to this one. Sometimes it can almost be too chaotic...