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Drums -> Space
Oct. 1, 1989
Shoreline Amphitheatre

The Beam appears only moments into drums...the deep throbbing bass notes explode in your chest while you run through this apocalyptic jungle...
He's Gone
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.
Not Fade Away
April 12, 1983
Broome County Arena

never mind the crushing Phil Bombs; this is the birth of the Not Fade Away call and response, where the X-factor emerged as a hot, bright sun.....
Throwing Stones
March 31, 1983
Warfield Theatre

At your next cocktail party, skip your routine pick up line and instead say,"Remember when Garcia opened up the 'fashion' riff to start off? Hot one.
Throwing Stones
March 27, 1983
Irvine Meadows

Emerging from space, the Psychonauts discover a bright blue planet, spinning free. As they fall to this planet, an inspired jam envelopes them.


Brown Eyed Women
Aug. 24, 1980
Grand Center

Yes, this has some spirit.
Estimated Prophet
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
Cal Expo

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
Delta Center

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.