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New Minglewood Blues
Oct. 14, 1976
Shrine Auditorium

The AUD is amazing. Keith shines, and everybody's into it. Bootstrap '76 knockin' down your door.
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The Other One
May 5, 1979
Civic Center

Steady charge, everyone rallying along the theme. Philzone!
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The Seven
March 21, 1970
Capitol Theater

To the point - and totally out of the blue. This is Dead magic.
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New Potato Caboose
Oct. 13, 1968
Avalon Ballroom

One of their truly psychedelic songs, on a truly psychedelic night. Incredible transition from Cryptical.
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Good Lovin'
Sept. 29, 1969
Cafe au Go-Go

High octane Seven > Good Lovin' from a overlooked diamond in the rough.

Comments

The Other One
June 22, 1973
Pacific Coliseum

Yup. This is in my top 3 TOO suites
Playin' In The Band
March 16, 1973
Nassau Coliseum

My goodness; First time listening to this as the snow falls here in the western part of Norway. Many Playins from '72 and early '73 could get stale, but this one aims high and flies higher. Outstanding interplay by Bobby and Jerry as pointed out above - and a six-limbed Bill rolling ruthlessly as Phil lays down the law. Keith hangs on throughout and brings some extra spice. Theres even a fierce Donna scream! Top notch and highly underrated.
Cryptical Envelopment
Oct. 29, 1971
Allen Theatre

Gonna listen to this one later, you grabbed my attention DarkStar!
Turn On Your Love Light
April 26, 1972
Jahrhunderthalle

I have to clock in with a comment on this one again. I've been listening to nothing but this for the last few weeks, and i have come to the conclusion that this is the performance where they melted together 100%. It all takes place from about six minutes in until the 'calm-down' before the transition into GDTRFB at about 15:30. Try to track only one player throughout the whole thing, Grateful Challenge of the Day! When Jerry starts his repeating lick at 8:15 up until the 'release' queued by bobby at 8:40ish builds up to the most furious few minutes of jamming they did the whole Europe tour. Even if you compare the most primal Dead you got (10/12/68, 10/13/68, 10/20/68, 12/28/68 etc, look at the Eleven, Caution especially) to this in terms of fury, engangement and intensity, this one comes out on top, because by April '72 they mastered their craft. To conclude: Music is of course subjective, but some place i just have to draw the line. Listen through this thoroughly with a good pair of headphones; The most complex, intense and intertwining jam the Grateful Dead ever played. Here, i draw the line.
Truckin'
Aug. 5, 1974
Philadelphia Civic Arena

Listened to this while waking up today, it certainly got me out of bed fast. Jerrys voice on the verses is so charged you just know it'll go the distance (31 minutes to be exact.) '74 Truckins are on a completely different plane compared to any other.