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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
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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.
3
Estimated Prophet
Oct. 19, 1989
The Spectrum

Very powerful vocals from Bobby! SOLID!!!! then it gets nice and spacey/experimental before dissolving into a fairly energetic latter-years Eyes
4
Shakedown Street
Dec. 31, 1989
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

New Year's '89>'90?! Yes, pretty please! The crowd is totally into it. Check out the build up before the song starts (matrix recording recommended)
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Franklin's Tower
April 29, 1977
The Palladium

Bouncy/Shuffly and Inspired! God save the child who rings that bell!!!

Comments

Feel Like A Stranger
Oct. 9, 1989
Hampton Coliseum

Always been my favorite version. What a way to start off a show and the rest of the show is great as well.
Picasso Moon
March 26, 1990
Knickerbocker Arena

Nearly flawless... better than 10/16/89. Better than all of them.
Jack A Roe
June 8, 1977
Winterland Arena

Extra oomph on the inspiration meter right here
Brown Eyed Women
May 8, 1977
Barton Hall - Cornell University

I think THIS is the highlight of this show, along with Jack Straw, Deal, TLEO and Minglewood. Scarlet/Fire and Morning Dew are pretty good as well, but THIS BEW TAKES THE CAKE. Jerry's vocals are PERFECT. And his solo after the first chorus is, musically, probably the best solo I have ever heard him do. I mean, it's really interesting - listen closely to the "doubling over" theme he does at the beginning of each phrasing. Mention the best tone ever, with that aluminum-necked Travis Bean.
Jack Straw
May 8, 1977
Barton Hall - Cornell University

I think this is the most perfect that this song could get, while being very "inspired". The vocal harmonies are FLAWLESS. The only version that could be more perfectly executed is from Europe '72. But to me, this one is way more musically interesting than that one. Even some slight accelerando and decelerando. The only thing I don't like is the "fourth day of juLYYYY" part. But that's quickly redeemed by the amazing harmonies that follow