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Alabama Getaway
Aug. 31, 1980
Capitol Center

Ah, 1980!
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Lazy Lightnin' -> Supplication
Aug. 31, 1980
Capitol Center

A good source really makes a difference
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The Other One
June 22, 1969
Central Park

Intense version from Central Park powers through recording quality
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Dark Star
June 22, 1969
Central Park

Rough listening but shines through the mud with a sustained buildup to the verse and a plunge into the OO
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It's All Over Now Baby Blue
April 15, 1983
Community War Memorial Auditorium

Thanks for belting this one out, Jerry

Comments

Dancin' in the Streets
June 22, 1969
Central Park

Home run of a version right here
The Other One
June 17, 1991
Giants Stadium

Got 2nd row center from mail order and haven't been the same since... again.
Jack Straw
Aug. 4, 1974
Philadelphia Civic Center

Interesting observation (applies to other songs/ works both ways, e.g. jam extended, jam shortened). Often occurs gradually, but not necessarily. The kite string definitely runs out aways on 7/31 too, but this period seems to be a turning point. So many previous versions you wonder why it gets 'cut down' so quickly. In any case, yeah, Jer's solos scale a chain of high peaks here.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
Oct. 1, 1976
Market Square Arena

This one's 43 yo today and still my favorite. So many reasons... but Jerry's leads are just so inventive, creative, and varied.
Not Fade Away
Feb. 13, 1970
Fillmore East

No longer off my radar! +1