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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


St. Stephen
Oct. 12, 1968
Avalon Ballroom

Brilliantly punchy and energetic. They knock it out of the park straight out of the gate. Dynamic, too. They really gave this one their all. The 'Dark Star' preceding it is also highly recommended.
Cryptical Envelopment
Feb. 14, 1968
Carousel Ballroom

It does have good organ work -- though nothing can outshine Jerry's fantastic guitaring on this version. He's all over it.
The Other One
Feb. 14, 1968
Carousel Ballroom

Wonderful guitar tone, and the rhythm devils are on point. The band seriously nail (neal?) this one.
Jack Straw
May 26, 1973
Kezar Stadium

Is it just me or does Bob miss out some of the lines, just before the "cut his buddy down" verse? Very clean version, in any case, and sprightly -- perhaps too much so, given the subject matter!
Aug. 27, 1972
Old Renaissance Faire Grounds

Other than a couple of OK solos there's really nothing to commend this version. There are better '72 versions (e.g. the one on 'Steppin' Out') and much better '70s versions; this one is plodding and pedestrian, just well-recorded.