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Big River
June 10, 1976
Boston Music Hall

Super up tempo and thoroughly rocking Big River, can't even believe it hasn't been posted yet. CHECK THIS SHOW!!!
Jack Straw
Jan. 10, 1978
Shrine Auditorium

2nd set opener - Solid version with that slick 78 sound...
Samson and Delilah
Oct. 10, 1980
Warfield Theater

I can't believe the Samson from Dead Set isn't listed, it's such a unique version with a vibe I've never heard in any other Samson!


China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
July 17, 1989
Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Yes this is an amazing C>R, but I think it's uber high position on this list has at least a little to do with this show being an official VIDEO release, and Jer was so animated and the band was on fire, so I'm not saying it's not deserving of being #4 at the moment, I'm just saying that other great China>Riders of 89 were pretty close to this one, like the Great Western Forum 12/10/89...
The Other One
Nov. 17, 1972
Century II Convention Hall

This Other One right here is guarenteed to make you shit, cum or bleed upon your first listen, the first time I heard it, I did all three...
Playin' In The Band
Nov. 18, 1972
Hofheinz Pavilion

Fun Fact, I was conceived during this version of DS, not at a later date on tape, AT THE ACTUAL SHOW!!!! My mom said 'the only thing you ever need to know about your father, is that he had unreal coke, and great Quaaludes...
Dark Star
Feb. 18, 1971
Capitol Theater

NO doubt I LOVE this DS, however I believe it's a little 'artificially inflated' due to the 'beautiful jam moniker' given on so many roads boxset, I just think there are quite a few beneath it that are better...and it's short...and why the fuck am I nit picking? lol...God I love the Grateful Dead...
Dark Star
Sept. 27, 1972
Stanley Theatre

This is the iconic DS where God himself descended from the Heavens and landed on stage and just stood awestruck as this insane dark star unfolded, the craziest thing of all is that God took the form of Cheech of 'Cheech & Chong' fame...