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Easy Wind
Sept. 19, 1970
Fillmore East

Quite simply some of the best guitar interplay between Garcia and Weir ever!
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The Other One
May 2, 1970
Harpur College

Garcia's guitar tone here is pure liquid magic
35
Playin' In The Band
April 26, 1972
Jahrhunderthalle

a shorter version, but that frees it up to me more intense

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Not Fade Away
May 8, 1977
Barton Hall - Cornell University

to me hands down (except for 11-7-71) best version. The most rockingest guitar Garcia every recorded - his leads rides the rhythm up and down up and down. But again its Keith's playing that is so spot on - as if he was finally comfortable holding down the rhythm - the interplay between him and Garcia is breathtaking, and all the while Phil is going nuts riding the bass. Feels like it will never end,
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
May 8, 1977
Barton Hall - Cornell University

Most famous sure, but damn its hot. Contains my favorite transition between Scarlett and Fire, and I think the prettiest playing Keith every did. Sublime.
Playin' In The Band
April 26, 1972
Jahrhunderthalle

version from Hundred Year Hall release. Why I like it so much it is shorter - only 9 minutes - and with that length the band goes right into a prototypial Europe 72 style jam, heavy charging, this one is all energy then its over, little space. Love this one
Playin' In The Band
Aug. 27, 1972
Old Renaissance Faire Grounds

Garcia's most intense in the zone playing, its just beautiful to listen to. Even the out of tune guitars dont get in the way. This version is breathtaking
Bird Song
Aug. 27, 1972
Old Renaissance Faire Grounds

to me the best, most psychedelic version of this song. The dumb break in the middle kills me every time. Lesh is all over the place