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Mexicali Blues
May 26, 1973
Kezar Stadium

They all nail it -- so bouncy and rapid and confident. The whole show is so cleanly recorded, too. Surprised this didn't have a single vote 'til now.
Uncle John's Band
March 18, 1977
Winterland Arena

Beautiful piano; lovely vocals; the dynamics are great. And a lovely set-closer after that scorching "Around and Around".
Dec. 26, 1979
Oakland Auditorium

The sheer SOUND of this is just so beautiful. Warm, booming, imposing, inviting -- it has CHARACTER
Playin' In The Band
Nov. 12, 1972
Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Hall

Transcendent stuff, stunningly spiritual. Jerry's isolated guitar track is available on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56ZSoHi8-u4
The Wheel
June 18, 1976
Capitol Theatre

Beautifully smooth rendition. A great 16mm video of it exists on YouTube -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf1dNTexCL4


Me and Bobby McGee
Nov. 15, 1971
The Austin Municipal Auditorium

This is an unusual one rhythmically; the pianistics are delightfully appropriate, Jer's vocal contributions are on point, and both guitars sound great. They handled the tempo well, too.
Sept. 3, 1977
Raceway Park

I love the drum intro, but this is a delicious version primarily because Phil is having SO much fun on vocals (and bass). And the extended middle section is just repetitive riffing, but hot damn if it ain't spirited riffing.
Here Comes Sunshine
Dec. 6, 1973
Public Hall

For years I disliked this song. I still don't like the studio version, or most other versions. But my god, this is absolutely gorgeous. Truly stunning music from start to finish.
Looks Like Rain
April 8, 1972
Wembley Empire Pool

Usually hate this song -- "Did you ever waken to the sound of street cats making love?" must be one of the worst lyrics in music history -- but this version turns sap into gorgeous beauty. Thanks to Jerry, mostly.
Next Time You See Me
April 8, 1972
Wembley Empire Pool

This is indeed a ripper. Jerry's guitar is live, but notable mostly for the fantastic harmonica work.