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4
Althea
Nov. 4, 1979
Civic Center

Sily smooth Althea from Providence. Rich Jerry vocals & of course, chunks o'Phil. This deserves a listen & some votes!
1
Space
June 20, 1980
West High Auditorium

Short but oh so sweet fuzzfest of Brent-centric gooyness seamlessly into a typically funkified 1980 NFA
1
Eyes Of The World
July 12, 1976
Orpheum Theater

Soundcheck! Excellent sound on source provided & brilliant flowing ripping Garcia leads. Classic '76 "backwards" version.
2
Estimated Prophet
Aug. 30, 1980
The Spectrum

Ultra hot mid jam (Bobby nearly plunges back too early but Jerry forges ahead) & Brent is all over the ivories. Hot stuff in Philly.
1
Eyes Of The World
Oct. 27, 1990
The Zenith

Can't fathom how this A+ 90s version, with a gorgeous, relaxed tempo & delicate Garcia touches throughout hadn't made the list Great show, great EYES

Comments

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

Great to hear Dave didn't say "not in the vault" re: 10/29/77 so lwet's cross our fingers! Yes, 5/4/77 is a killer show that also suffers from not having the best sounding sources. The ones I';ve heard are always a little muffled to my ears which is too bad b/c, dang, that show has it all. 6/29/76 is one I've not really delved into much...just saw there's a matrix that looks promising so I'll check that out along with 12/18/73, another show I haven't done much exploring with. Thanks!
St. Stephen
Oct. 29, 1977
Evans Field House, Northern Illinois University

^^^^ed_bob you have my unending gratitude--even if the show doesn't get an official release--for giving me some hope here. Thanks for the proper email contact for Dave...I did write to him maybe a year or so ago but I don't think it was at this address & i know I didn't put GD in the subject line so it's worth trying again. Can't hurt to have as many voices as possible clamoring for 10/29/77 to see the light of day. I don't expect any Head to agree w/me that it's the best show they ever did (objectively speaking there are others for sure that are) but this one's my favorite and moist people who get turned on to it come back w/nothing but A+ reviews. Do let me know about some shows you think fly under the radar & are top tier as well, ed...would love to hear your recommendations having like minded thoughts on this show & the Keith/Brent dynamic.
Brokedown Palace
Oct. 3, 1980
Warfield Theater

^^^With you on Keith as best pure Dead keyboard player...he had wonderful jazz chops and could play the quiet parts, too. It's just that (for me) a song like Brokedown is better when it's sung with better hitting of the high notes, less warble, and more gospel soul that Brent was able to deliver in a way the early 70s band couldn't. I do think Brent was a very good keyboard player, though...my biggest complaint with him was the tinkly cheesy sound effects he used too much that really distracted from what he was actually playing. Both versions are great in their own way, I should emphasize, but if I had to choose one I'd take the 1980 version every time. So sweet.
St. Stephen
Oct. 29, 1977
Evans Field House, Northern Illinois University

^^^^That's my greatest Grateful Dead wish, ed! I fear it'll never happen...I don't know if that show has hidden Betty Boards in a box somewhere but I would be over the moon if I ever found out my favorite Dead show of all times ever was going to be an official release. Really glad you dug this Stephen...certainly the Charlie Miller version(s) available are a very close second sound-wise to an official release but if cleaner sources existed I believe this Stephen and so many other songs from this phenomenal show would be ranked way higher than they are now!
Brokedown Palace
Oct. 3, 1980
Warfield Theater

^^^^Sorry, but this one's far better vocally, especially the harmonies. 9/27 is probably the best of that year, though, and is quite a nice version for that time period.