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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
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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.
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Caution
May 12, 1980
Boston Garden

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

A unique beginning with nice peaks to both the mid jam and the outro.
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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.

Comments

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.