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Franklin's Tower
May 4, 1980
Baltimore Civic Center

Different types of solos at each turn: straightaway, Listen-to-the-music-play, spacey, bluegrassy
Brown Eyed Women
May 4, 1980
Baltimore Civic Center

This one is fiery, especially the solo, in the vein of 8/24/80, including a hint of a Delilah Jones growl.
May 12, 1980
Boston Garden

This is a pretty intense early 80s-style Caution jam. I was surprised to find this just now.
The Music Never Stopped
Dec. 1, 1979
Stanley Theater

A unique beginning with nice peaks to both the mid jam and the outro.
Mississippi Halfstep Uptown Toodeloo
Feb. 4, 1979
Dane County Coliseum

The final Keith and Donna Half Step stands up well, even though there's one lonely AUD.


Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Dec. 13, 1980
Long Beach Arena

The Scarlet is decent, but the Fire is good in any era. There is serious power throughout the Fire - this one is not laid back. To compare this pair to 11/30/80 a couple of weeks before, I'd say the transition at the end of November is better, but the Fire here wins the overall comparison. This was a nice find, hanging out way down the ladder as it is, and I see a bunch of the heavy hitters have already been here. In fact, it looks like the 11 people who have heard the Fire.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Dec. 31, 1978
Winterland Arena

No, this is top 10. There's a released video with amazing sound and the key person is into how great this song is. This is good New Years stuff.
Dark Star
July 25, 1974
International Amphitheater

Only 7 of these in '74 and this one has a slipknot episode. I'm not crazy; the people are.
Stella Blue
June 28, 1988
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

dude420 - when you're right you're right. I was sure there were too many fucks in your review, but as it turns out, I think this is a three fuck song.
Let It Grow
May 1, 1981
Hampton Coliseum

This one is smoked. The next song is what I consider the #1 Deal. Hard to find a better pair to close a set 1.