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Tennessee Jed
March 12, 1981
Boston Garden

Great execution and wow, what great peaks in this one! Listen to the crowd go nuts throughout this AUD. Gotta love '81! :)
1
They Love Each Other
Oct. 8, 1981
Forum Theater

I just can't get enough of '81 audience tapes, and shows like this are exactly why. This TLEO really smokes! Everyone is on fire!!
3
Estimated Prophet
Feb. 25, 1990
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

At the end of this one, Jerry's adding a generous portion of MIDI ingredients to a tasty Estimated Prophet sauce.
3
Take A Step Back
April 17, 1984
Niagara Falls Convention Center

A dark, echoey recommendation to step back before dropping into Help>Slipknot>Franklin's
1
Its All Over Now
April 3, 1987
The Centrum

Blistering, high speed ENERGY! Almost feels like a different song with this tempo, but by far my favorite version. This whole show is insane.

Comments

Cassidy
Feb. 25, 1990
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

This is one of my favorite versions because of the sweet midi effects, but this is not the Without a Net version. Cassidy from Without a Net is 10/16/89.
Jack Straw
Jan. 11, 1979
Nassau Coliseum

Fast playing isn’t very fun to listen to if it’s not played cleanly. The energy is great but idk why this is ranked as high as it is. It’s full of glaring mistakes! Everyone here is gushing over Jerry’s “shredding” in the outtro here but, musically speaking, it is sub-par because the the majority of the notes are late in the attack. And this is not his most creative moment either, as he is just picking part of a scale and just going up and down back and forth a bunch of times, then moving to a different part of the scale and doing the same thing. There are so many more versions out there, which are played with this kind of energy, but which also feature more of Jerry’s (and the rest of the band’s) high level of musical creativity, freshly articulated around every twist and turn.
Might As Well
Oct. 29, 1977
Evans Field House, Northern Illinois University

There's a new Dave Usborne matrix of this show on the archive, and it sounds really, really good. I love his matrixes btw. Check out his matrix of 3/26/90!
U.S. Blues (Wave That Flag)
June 22, 1976
Tower Theatre

Aaaah the crowd is soo pumped and into it!!!!
Samson and Delilah
May 12, 1977
Auditorium Theatre

So fun to listen to the audience source of this version. It's so good!!! So so so so so so much energy!!!!!