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Mind Left Body Jam
Dec. 18, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

Short but sweet


St. Stephen
Oct. 29, 1977
Evans Field House, Northern Illinois University

Grendel, it’s happening!
Mississippi Halfstep Uptown Toodeloo
May 14, 1978
Providence Civic Center

The more I listen to this one the more I’m blown away by it. Up there with the best of ‘77 in my opinion.
Bird Song
Sept. 24, 1972
Palace Theatre

There’s a short section just after the 4:00 mark where Jerry plays the intro melody in a slightly different way and 1 or 2 octaves up that’s just gorgeous. Great version that deserves to be much higher. I may even prefer it to 9/27/72. I think the fact that the circulating sources aren’t great and the 30T version isn’t widely available are the reasons it only has 12 votes.
Here Comes Sunshine
Nov. 21, 1973
Denver Coliseum

I am not too familiar with 5/26/73. I’ll try to give that and 2/15/73 a listen this weekend. Thanks for the tip!
Here Comes Sunshine
Nov. 21, 1973
Denver Coliseum

I was actually thinking the same thing yesterday re the allure created from dropping the tune in peak form. In a way it’s better than watching a song slowly get worse and worse over time - I’m thinking Scarlet > Fire. Nothing comes close to the spring ‘77 versions in my opinion. I often dismiss (maybe unfairly?) the spring versions of HCS because, as you said, they don’t go the distance like the later versions. I should listen again to some of the February versions and give them a fair shake.