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Dead on arrival

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Cassidy
Oct. 20, 1978
Winterland Arena

Sneaky version with great playing by Keith and Jerry. Love what Jerry plays at the end of the jam.
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El Paso
Sept. 16, 1978
Sphinx Theatre

I know they should have played Dark Star in Egypt. But this is a fantastic EP. Dynamic, dramatic, Jerry on fire.
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Sugaree
Aug. 30, 1978
Red Rocks Ampitheatre

Huge, 18-minute version with great dynamics, deep vocals. Bobby's slide playing and interplay with Jerry are great.
1
Space
May 17, 1978
Uptown Theater

Disturbing, coherent space featuring Phil and Donna vocals, leading beautifully into Terrapin
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Lazy Lightnin' -> Supplication
May 17, 1978
Uptown Theater

Great jam. Jerry and Phil lead the way with Jerry finding some amazing spaces.

Comments

Terrapin Station
Oct. 18, 1978
Winterland Arena

One of the great things about Jerry is his fuck it attitude when he forgets lyrics. Here he goes into an extended, unique solo. When he does sing there's an interesting sad quality to his voice. Coda is burning.
U.S. Blues (Wave That Flag)
Oct. 17, 1978
Winterland Arena

They sound happy to be back
Fire On The Mountain
Sept. 16, 1978
Sphinx Theatre

Everyone sounds great here. Love the chromatic intro. This show is underrated because of the mythology of the Dead blowing the big ones. The first show was awful, the second one was bad, and this one was awesome.
Ollin Arageed
Sept. 16, 1978
Sphinx Theatre

A beautiful piece of music from beginning to end
Dark Star
Feb. 27, 1969
Fillmore West

50 years ago today. Every moment of this incredible version is seared into my brain. What they play at 16:00 for exactly 1 minute kills me every time.