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March 5, 1981
Weir and band start jamming on Scarlet, but Garcia's guitar is broke, so then Weir launches into Passenger, Garcia shows up half way through. Jazzy!
June 10, 1984
Phil transforms this song with heavy metal machine gun bass playing.He's bounding over the structure of the song, bouncing off the walls.......quality
Oct. 1, 1989
Elves tie up the band and finish the ending chant in this powerful yet overlooked version. The elves sing happily, He's Gone.....over and over
Drums -> Space
Oct. 1, 1989
The Beam appears only moments into drums...the deep throbbing bass notes explode in your chest while you run through this apocalyptic jungle...
Aug. 30, 1981
Compton Terrace Amphitheatre
out of He's Gone, the band in unison carefully and slowly knit a tapestry featuring beautiful and delicate adornments...the Other One tries to emerge.
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Brown Eyed Women
Aug. 24, 1980
Yes, this has some spirit.
Nov. 13, 1987
Long Beach Arena
I think 1987 is generally a tame year as Garcia and the band find their footing after the previous year. This Estimated is not tame though; it has rage and energy bubbling beneath the surface trickling out little by little and then exploding in a hot jam and Weir screaming down thunder and lightning from Mt. Sinai. Very interesting and hot Estimated Prophet.
Don't Need Love
June 10, 1984
This is my favorite of the few performed. Not technically perfect, but it has a spirit and soul, especially out of the surprisingly hot jam from He's Gone and its spirited outro.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
April 19, 1984
Philadelphia Civic Center
lIstening to Spring 1984 shows and this version leaped out of the speakers and inspired me. From Brent's playful organ intro to the psychedelic transition jam to Jerry scrubbing his guitar in I know You Rider, this is a step above so many...a diamond in the rough.
Uncle John's Band
Feb. 20, 1995
I think when I see someone nominate a song with no comments, especially from 1995, and they do nearly every song from that show, that perhaps their judgment is off. I can't think of one thing regarding this UJB that is considered a "heady version". Nothing personal, just my opinion. Is there something specific about this song from this show you find good? A tell us about it.
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Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Playin' In The Band
Eyes Of The World
He's Gone, Curtis Hixon Convention Center, April 6, 1978
Loser, Hollywood Palladium, Sept. 9, 1972
Jack Straw, Hollywood Palladium, Sept. 9, 1972
Monster, not wasted time.
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