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Be. Here. Now.
Nov. 10, 1967
Get comfortable in a NASA full-pressure pumpkin suit for atmospheric ascent and entry, and grab the nearest heat shield before you listen to this Caution. You have been warned.
Looks Like Rain
March 26, 1972
Academy of Music
This song plus Jerry on pedal steel equals the very best versions of it that they ever played. I slightly prefer the version from the night before, but this one also is marvelous.
July 1, 1978
The outro build-up and the final Jerry solo find the whole band in pure beast mode. Excellent vocals, too. I definitely prefer this version over the one from a week later.
Oct. 22, 1967
This is "pre-primal" Dead brilliance. Jerry sounds like he's trying to strangle his Les Paul, and Pig's inimitable organ makes this one superlative. I sometimes prefer the earlier, faster-tempo versions of this song because they better convey the dead-seriousness of the message of the lyrics. These early versions also ROCK really hard. This version is the best of those.
Brown Eyed Women
June 8, 1977
This one ticks all of the boxes for me. Not the best of the best, but very damn fine. From a stellar show at Winterland, to boot.
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Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Playin' In The Band
Eyes Of The World
The Other One, Veterans Hall, Nov. 22, 1968
Not Fade Away, The Zenith, Oct. 27, 1990
Little Red Rooster, Capital Centre, March 20, 1991
Someone's kick drum is ...
Help! I'm lost in ...
Unusually soft and languid ...
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