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Submissions

2
Friend of the Devil
Dec. 31, 1977
Winterland Arena

Better Jerry solo than the other '77s, but same aesthetic otherwise.
4
Eyes Of The World
Sept. 2, 1983
Boise Pavilion - Boise State University

Not too speedy, well jammed and ends with a one of kind improv between Bobby, Brent and the drummers.
1
Terrapin Station
Nov. 30, 1979
Stanley Theater

The solos in Lady with a Fan are fucking beautiful.
1
The Music Never Stopped
Dec. 17, 1978
Fox Theatre

Delicate, sweet playing in the midsection and a good outro. The linked source is not great, but there is a SBD.
2
Tennessee Jed
Nov. 13, 1978
Music Hall

Thunderous climax. The last two minutes of the song are tight.

Comments

Franklin's Tower
Dec. 27, 1978
Golden Hall, Community Concourse

The solo after listen to the music play is absolutely crunched. The rest of the rendition is solid, but the listen to the music play break is a top 10 Franklin's solo, albeit a short one. It's hammered - listen to it loud.
Franklin's Tower
June 4, 1977
The Forum

Really a nice grateful dead moment on the transition. I hate to get down on an AUD, but I have wanted to love this show for years and I would still love to hear a cleaner copy. The setlist, especially given the date, is stellar, even if most of the longer form songs get shorter solo work generally, just as this Franklin's does. But yes, the transition actually made me shout out loud while I was on a run today.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Sept. 2, 1978
Giants Stadium

This one took a while to make it to my top 5, but I'm there now. He goes 5 times around in the scarlet solo, with awesome fluent playing, the transition is crushed and the fire is great. Sound quality and tone are important determinants too. A blemish here or there, but classic, huge show, seminal moment before Egypt, the whole nine yards.
Dark Star
June 17, 1991
Giants Stadium

I'm surprised this hadn't been posted yet. The teases are unique and while this isn't some '69 DS, it's cool in its own right.
Friend of the Devil
Dec. 30, 1983
Civic Auditorium

Very nice. Bob takes a rare solo in between Brent and Jerry.