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The Other One
June 15, 1990
Shoreline Amphitheatre

Jerry plays one brilliant idea after another as Phil provides counterpoint.
Dear Mr. Fantasy
May 5, 1990
California State University Dominguez Hills

There are surprisingly few really great versions of this tune, and this is one of them. Jerry takes his time, layering burning, melodic phrases.
When I Paint My Masterpiece
April 3, 1990
The Omni

They found the right (slower) tempo for this in later years. Also Bobby learned not to oversing. The moments when his voice fills with rage now work.
April 5, 1989
Crisler Arena

Jerry's playing simultaneously causes and scratches an itch inside your brain. Spooky comping by Bobby.
Feel Like A Stranger
Feb. 5, 1989
Henry J Kaiser Convention Center

Busting out of the gate in the first show of the year. Great interaction between Bobby and Phil, tasteful commentary by Jerry.


Touch of Grey
June 16, 1990
Shoreline Amphitheatre

Oddly engrossing version of this difficult song, driven by Mickey and Brent.
Jack Straw
June 10, 1990
Cal Expo

Phil is on a mission here (check out the Bertha too). Right before his statement that contrary to rumor, he is not quitting the band.
Promised Land
March 29, 1990
Nassau Coliseum

First song after Branford first sat in, on "Bird Song," and you can tell Jerry is elated. Crushing version. Drummers were on their best behavior throughout this show as a musician was sitting in.
Stella Blue
March 24, 1990
Knickerbocker Arena

Exceptional solo and outro from Jerry; great vocals typical of his high emotion era
Throwing Stones
June 19, 1989
Shoreline Amphitheatre

Dig the Foolish Heart jam on this one. You heard me right