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Aiko Aiko
March 30, 1987
The Spectrum

Submitting this on Fat Tuesday 2017. Great Mardi Gras version with really nice piano (!) fills by Brent that oughta be heard!
Lazy Lightnin' -> Supplication
May 12, 1980
Boston Garden

Get on this one, folks. It's a ripper.
Let It Grow
July 29, 1974
Capitol Center

Absolute best of 1974. Not kidding. Jerry's leads are ripping & confident. The band plays flawlessly.Can stand w/some of the best of '77. Must hear.
He's Gone
April 16, 1984
Community War Memorial Auditorium

Long loping intro, signature lines delivered with gusto by Jerry, great outro jam, too!
Ramble On Rose
Oct. 21, 1971
Auditorium Theatre

Keith's second show & he's all over this faster paced super fun honky tonk version!


Big River
Sept. 17, 1972
Baltimore Civic Center

A perfect, compact, not-a-note wasted ripping version. Keith and Jerry both tear it up, while Bob, Phil and Mickey keep the rhythm charging along. Pull out the DP version or archive-listen, but either way give this one so more well deserved love.
Eyes Of The World
Sept. 14, 1974

Nicely jammed '74 that stands out mostly because it segues into One More Saturday Night.
Promised Land
Aug. 27, 1972
Old Renaissance Faire Grounds

I have my issues with Donnie's at times overly critical grousing about certain versions and his subsequent questioning of people's Deadhead credentials as a result, but on this one I'm firmly in his corner and NOT just because I nominated the version he's backing. I'm at a total loss as to how anyone can seriously and objectively hear the 4 minute Veneta version...which sounds nearly identical to just about any other 4 minute version from '72 that's out there...and then listen to the jammed out, high octane, all-in completely barn burner version from 9/18/90 with the extra factor of Hornsby bringing color and flash and flourish to the whole damn thing, and not conclude that MSG is the superior version. Sorry, folks, but Donnie's straight up right on this one. Promised land from Veneta is good, it's nice, it's Veneta after all. But it's just like every other '72, which is to say, by the numbers, predictable, and with far less to offer than the show stopper that is 9/18/90.
Casey Jones
May 2, 1970
Harpur College

One of those "just assumed it was already there" versions. Yes, a winnner, as this tune was still in its fresh live stages and from one of the great shows of all time it's a can't miss.
It Must Have Been The Roses
May 4, 1977
The Palladium

They just don't make em like this anymore. And btw this whole show is every bit as good as all the A list of dates that come after and overshadow it...unfairly, really.