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Ramble On Rose
July 14, 1990
Foxboro Stadium

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.
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The Other One
June 15, 1990
Shoreline Amphitheatre

Jerry plays one brilliant idea after another as Phil provides counterpoint.
3
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.
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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.
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Space
April 5, 1989
Crisler Arena

Jerry's playing simultaneously causes and scratches an itch inside your brain. Spooky comping by Bobby.

Comments

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.
Dire Wolf
Oct. 19, 1974
Winterland Arena

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.
Loose Lucy
Oct. 19, 1974
Winterland Arena

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
Shoreline Amphitheatre

Oddly engrossing version of this difficult song, driven by Mickey and Brent.