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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.
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)

Comments

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
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
May 13, 1977
Auditorium Theatre

you can hear that it's Jerry who says "Go ahead, Phil!" to kick off Fire
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Feb. 5, 1978
Uni Dome, U of Northern Iowa

Jer's high note intro to start of the soloing at the beginning - so cool. Super WAPPY
The Music Never Stopped
June 9, 1977
Winterland Arena

The perfect version. Also, there's a particular note Jerry hits in his first solo (after Donna's first vocal solo) that rings out and announces itself to the world - and that first solo as a whole being the best and most musically concise in any TMNS I have ever heard. The outtro is just insane.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
April 23, 1977
Springfield Civic Center

Jerry's intro in this version of Fire gives me goosebumps every time. Sure, his solo after the first verse is amazing, but take another listen at the intro. Right from the moment he opens up with the MuTron, and for the next 40 seconds, we have a pristine example of exactly how very good he was at lyrical improvisation on his guitar. I wouldn't even mind saying (think of the circumstances - third Fire ever, auto-wah basically brand new sound) that out of all I have ever heard him play, that his first run of notes in the beginning of this Fire is my favorite run I have EVER heard him play...