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Wharf Rat
Oct. 14, 1977
Hofheinz Pavilion

Both Jerry solos are absolutely transcendental. Probably my new favorite version of the year.
10
Estimated Prophet
Sept. 29, 1977
Paramount Theatre

Very nice jam
8
Estimated Prophet
Oct. 16, 1977
Louisiana State U

Top notch energetic and jazzy jam out of this version, with a cool little noodle/space section before they dissolve into drums.
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Estimated Prophet
Oct. 1, 1977
Paramount Theatre

Fantastically gooey jam out of this version. Absolutely mesmerizing.
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Dark Star
March 15, 1969
Hilton Hotel

Fantastic play by Jerry; the post verse jamming especially soars with emotion and intensity.

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Playin' In The Band
April 22, 1977
The Spectrum

Love this one! Some unique jams including a raucous tiger peak. Jerry is particularly inspired.
Playin' In The Band
May 19, 1977
Fox Theatre

Any doubters of what PITB was capable of post-hiatus (and trust me, I used to be one of them) need to hear this immediately. The incredibly jazzy improv and telepathic interplay in this version are just magical. The reprise flows and builds fantastically to a mini tiger climax, riding the main ten theme to perfection. An A+ classic version!
Playin' In The Band
Dec. 29, 1977
Winterland Arena

One of the best versions of the year, very cool jams + a nice little Phil solo at the end.
Playin' In The Band
May 4, 1977
The Palladium

The 6+ minute jam on at the end (after they space out for a while) is awesome and very unique as far as Playin's go. Gets into some serious "type 2" territory, to use a little Phish lingo.
Playin' In The Band
Feb. 26, 1977
Swing Auditorium

The jamming on the first half is especially intense. One of the very best of any year.