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Be. Here. Now.
March 18, 1971
Such a committed, enthusiastic Loser. One of my all-time favorite versions. The whole show is committed and enthusiastic, and inexplicably under-recognized. Give it some love, people! It's a GOOD one.
Oct. 3, 1976
This beauty is in my top five stand-alones of all time. Very vibrant and bouncy, and dare I say, the best post-hiatus version? From a fantastic, yet very underrated show.
Sept. 18, 1974
Parc des Expositions
As stand-alone versions go, this one leaves nothing at all to be desired. Every box on the proverbial checklist is crossed-off here, with great pleasure. 1974 was a stellar year for this song, and this whole show from Paris is endlessly enjoyable.
March 1, 1969
This sure ain't the Wilson Pickett cover of "Hey Jude" (the best ever), but it's earnest, ragged, heartfelt, sincere, and quite lovely. Works for me!
June 24, 1985
River Bend Music Center
Shit itself is no match for this inglorious, steaming pile. I'm well aware of what Jer was going through mid-1985. Even still, hold your nose and walk away from this turd explosion just as quickly and as politely as you can.
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Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Playin' In The Band
Eyes Of The World
The Wheel, Tower Theatre, June 23, 1976
Cosmic Charlie, Tower Theatre, June 23, 1976
Samson and Delilah, Tower Theatre, June 23, 1976
Not as weird, experimental, ...
Powerful, forceful, fast, and ...
Don't pass on this, ...
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