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Let It Grow
April 11, 1982
Nassau Coliseum

End jam goes on and on - 13 min version!
Morning Dew
Aug. 27, 1972
Old Renaissance Faire Grounds

Sure it's only a tease that's aborted for El Paso, but it's Veneta, so it has to be the best!
Just A Little Light
Oct. 15, 1989
Meadowlands Arena

High energy. Part of a very underrated show.
Oct. 15, 1989
Meadowlands Arena

Melodic and intense, by far my favorite space melts into Stella. Very underrated show.
Stella Blue
Oct. 15, 1989
Meadowlands Arena

Highlight of an underrated show.


We Can Run
Sept. 29, 1989
Shoreline Amphitheatre

This is as good as this one got. Nice pacing, no mistakes or feedback, rich bass. If you need to listen to this song for some strange reason, this is the one to go to.
Estimated Prophet
Dec. 26, 1979
Oakland Auditorium

This one is the one for me. A version so powerful it blows right through Bob's attempted rip cord of Jerry's first solo.
Sept. 2, 1979
Augusta Civic Center

This is a set that everyone should hear at least once just because it's so unique. The pre-drums 20+ min Let It Grow is like no other version of that song, then the post-space Truckin' train wreck that they turn into another totally unique jam (with Jerry's little Nobody's Fault jab at Bob at the end for good measure for f-ing up the vocals...). Maybe not the best show ever, but definitely one that needs to be heard.
Box of Rain
July 7, 1989
JFK Stadium

@Jaivo. I love 7/7/89, it was my first show and a great one, but I agree with your assessment of this song. I prefer the Cal Expo 6/10/90 version of Box Of Rain to this one.
Throwing Stones
July 22, 1984
Ventura County Fairgrounds

This is my go-to version of this song even with some minor lyrical flubs. The solo is given a little more umph and Bobby was singing his heart out all night at this show. The earlier 83-84 versions were more jammed out and the combo with Not Fade Away here was still treated as Throwing Stones > Not Fade Away, a featured post-space song for Bob and a separate show closer, not just Throw > Away, the single show closer medley it eventually morphed into.