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Keith's Piano



You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man
April 2, 1973
Boston Garden

Donna is hot hot hot


Dark Star
July 18, 1972
Rossevelt Stadium

Yeah. The first 16 or 17 minutes before the Dark Star Verse is absolutely incredible. Some of the finest Dark Star jamming I've ever heard. Jerry's got a nice amount of distortion going on, and he's very upfront in the mix. Keith also was in a splendid phase in the second half of 1972 with a grand piano. As I get more and more into the soundboards I'm beginning to realize that as good as the Europe 72 Dark Stars are, the second half of 72 is even better.
Dark Star
May 15, 1970
Fillmore East (Late Show)

Wow. Overlooked this one for many years. Had it lumped in with the "standard" 1970 Dark Stars where Mickey runs it with his stupid gongs. Jerry's soloing at the 13 minute mark is divine. The tone and register he plays in is transcendental, with Bobby and Phil playing Feeling Groovy underneath him.
Uncle John's Band
April 27, 1971
Fillmore East

Absolutely fantastic. If you want the best version of the song, this is it. There's no big jam, but the song is executed to perfection, AND it sounds great because it's a multitrack. Phil's harmony on "like the wind you go" is wonderful - buy that man a Heineken. Oh, you did? What's that, he got what? Oh hooked on them, I see....... No seriously, this is the Dead's finest version.
The Music Never Stopped
Oct. 16, 1977
Louisiana State U

To Grendel you listen. And Beerpong. Donna hits the ethosphere on this song. "Greeee-eeeet the morning air and song...." What I don't see commented on much, is the 3:45 - 5:45 minute mark jam that I first heard tell of on 4/24/78. It's here too. They don't nail it every time, and never quite as good as 4/24/78, but this one is close. They just plain hadn't developed it until around Fall '77. This is the earliest version I've heard it on.
The Music Never Stopped
Sept. 3, 1977
Raceway Park

Absolutely electronic. You can smell the charge in the air when Donna steps up to the mic to deliver "there's a band out on the highway..." Not my favorite version, but one of my favorite moments. Top 5.