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

Short but sweet


The Other One
Nov. 14, 1973
San Diego International Sports Arena

This needs more votes. Absolute monster version from possibly the best show of 1973. This and 11/21 are nice companion shows the way they weave Playing In The Band in and out of everything on 11/21 and same for The Other One on 11/14.
May 9, 1977
War Memorial

My personal favorite. I love the slower tempo, and Jerry’s solo is sublime.
He's Gone
Sept. 18, 1974
Parc des Expositions

This version really needs some more attention. From my favorite show of 1974. There may be higher moments from the summer tour (5/19, 6/26, 6/28, 8/4-6), but none hold up as a whole show as well as this Dijon show in my opinion. Also check out the Scarlet, Ship and of course the UJB opener.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
May 21, 1977
Lakeland Civic Center

To see so many versions from the 80s and 90s ahead of this makes me a bit nauseous. This has always been my go-to version. I’ve yet to hear better. Another one that I 100% agree with Grendel on. Grendel (and everyone else here for that matter) - you should consider joining the Steve Hoffman Forum for “The Grateful Thread.” It’s been going on nonstop since 2014 and has some really good people there keeping the conversation going. There are some crazy Beatles threads and some audiophile nonsense threads on the SHF, but the Heads over there are good people. There’s also always separate threads going for the current release and the year’s Dave’s Picks. It’d be cool to hear from some of you over there where the conversation is a bit more linear. Here’s a link to The Grateful Thread if you care to see what it’s like: https://www.forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/the-grateful-thread.349350/page-3342
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Feb. 5, 1978
Uni Dome, U of Northern Iowa

I hate to be this guy, but I can’t believe this is #2. Every version from May ‘77 should be ahead of this, especially 5/4, 5/11, 5/17 and 5/21 but even 5/5, 5/13 and 5/25. Jerry’s voice is kind of shot on this one, and I really don’t dig the upbeat tempo. It is refreshing to hear the Wolf on a Scarlet > Fire, but Keith’s electric piano has always rubbed me the wrong way. Scarlet kind of drags from about 6:00 to 9:00, but starts to pick up again around 10:00 or so. It then drops off again shortly before the transition, which is pretty lackluster to say the least and doesn’t start to pick up again until around 2:00 into Fire. Fire is very similar to Scarlet. There are some really great stretches, but then some stretches that kind of drag. All in all, this version has some incredible bursts of brilliant, creative energy (particularly from Jer), but doesn’t hold up all that well as a whole.