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Ramble On Rose
July 14, 1990
This version rewards multiple listens. Like it was good the first time, great the second. I hesitate to listen to it again. Bobby leads the way.
The Other One
June 15, 1990
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
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
Jerry's playing simultaneously causes and scratches an itch inside your brain. Spooky comping by Bobby.
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They Love Each Other
July 19, 1990
Deer Creek Music Center
Agree with Johnny that Jerry plays a great solo here. He takes a very unusual approach, focuses hard, and breaks new ground.
Oct. 19, 1974
Love the slow arrangement of this tune. The second phrase in Jerry's first solo (what other commenters are identifying as Crazy Fingerish) is monumental and heartbreaking.
Oct. 19, 1974
Pre-break versions are so much better than the lumbering, dreary 90s ones. Phil and Billy sound so good here, and Jerry's solo is spacy and loose.
Samson and Delilah
July 8, 1990
Three Rivers Stadium
Jerry is particularly sharp here. Plus the drummers don't fuck up the end.
Touch of Grey
June 16, 1990
Oddly engrossing version of this difficult song, driven by Mickey and Brent.
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Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Playin' In The Band
Eyes Of The World
Doin' That Rag, The Ark, April 22, 1969
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider, Strand Lyceum, May 24, 1972
Black Throated Wind, Strand Lyceum, May 24, 1972
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