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Me and My Uncle
March 19, 1973
Nassau Coliseum

Bill lays down possibly the tightest groove i've ever heard on this song, doesn't even need a flashy high energy solo to be a top tier version
2
Looks Like Rain
Nov. 21, 1973
Denver Coliseum

Beautiful version of a song that normally doesn't really captivate me, especially great because Keith is high in the mix like he deserves to be
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Promised Land
March 23, 1974
Cow Palace

Super underrated version, as the song comes to a close Jerry is having none of it and does another insane solo
3
Bertha
Aug. 25, 1972
Berkeley Community Theatre

A few flubs at the start, but they make up for it by playing for their life afterwards, crazy intensity

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He's Gone
Nov. 22, 1972
Austin Municipal Auditorium

This might be the best He's Gone I've ever heard, there is something unique about the swung feel and how all the instruments weave together in the intro and kind of loosely dance around each other throughout. I always thought early 1973 had the best He's Gone versions but this one is making me question that statement
Drums
May 3, 1972
Olympia Theater

Bill is constantly pushing his elbow/stick into the toms to pitch bend them all over the place, a real mindbending section of drums if you are in the right headspace
He's Gone
May 3, 1972
Olympia Theater

Always thought this version was a bit weird, Jerry plays literally the same 4 notes over and over again for the first 3 minutes of the song, almost as if he forgot how his guitar works. It picks up from there though and the rest of the band are playing beautifully with especially Keith carrying the monotonous playing by Jerry really well
Mexicali Blues
Nov. 9, 1973
Winterland Arena

Normally Jerry is noodling a bit more in the background on this song, but here he sounds like he is on a mission and just attacks every solo section at full power and drives the entire band forward by doing so
Don't Ease Me In
Nov. 9, 1973
Winterland Arena

Not much to say about this that will do it justice, if you make it through that second solo while sitting completely still you are most likely deaf