The Music Never Stopped
Nov. 23, 1978
I am familiar with this one, and as much as I like it, I prefer 11/18/78, five days before for its A+ sound quality and midsection with a unique trippiness for the era. I’ve been in an MNS phase for the last year and a half, and I spend most of my time in the period from October 77 to the end of the Godchaux era, though I will go from 75 to 84 on this song for some variety. The midsection, as I know you know, is essential to an alltimer and as good as those 76s and early 77s are, there’s usually just the outro. Top 5 for 10/77-2/79, as I see it: 12/27/78, 7/3/78, 10/16/77, 5/7/78, and 11/18/78, with an honorable mention of 2/3/79 for just the midsection. As for 4/24/78 and 2/3/78, those versions have their acolytes and don’t need me hanging around. Besides I’ve heard them about a million times and the novelty is no longer within my grasp.