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1
Samson and Delilah
Nov. 29, 1979
Cleveland Public Hall

Ripping right out of a sensational (& underrated Shakedown) this equally shines w/fast flowing Garcia licks typical for the year & Brent on fire too
2
Me and My Uncle
May 2, 1970
Harpur College

Maybe b/c it's w/New Riders but one of the best acosutic versions ever should be here! Riders w/great backing vox + Jerry on pedal steel!
2
Bertha
Nov. 20, 1971
Pauley Pavilion

The new DaP release showcases how good this, especially w/Keith way up front in the mix & kicking the tune into ragtime jazz gear-a fantastic version!
3
Don't Ease Me In
Dec. 9, 1979
Kiel Auditorium

Don't sleep on this one. Brent's sweeping fluorishes permeate + a nice epic coda. Overlooked tune from a sleeper show now w/more looks due to DaP#47
4
Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Dec. 30, 1983
Civic Auditorium

Some of the smoothest rhythm Bobby ever laid down on this tune. Brent provides great harmony. Super sweetness here!

Comments

Cassidy
May 11, 1978
Springfield Civic Center Arena

Don't see how this one's been kept hidden for so long...slightly longer jam section b4 the final return and played at a speedy but totally in control clip--Garcia is dialed in as is the whole band....great version sitting weirdly below 10 votes when I got here
Greatest Story Ever Told
Feb. 17, 1979
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Almost perfect, and almost better for not being perfect. You can tell they hadn't played it in a while & it's like Jerry's trying out new stuff in the jam section that he wasn't doing and the results are jaw-dropping if not what one could nitpick as "a bit off" when it comes to sticking the landing. But what he offers in color and energy and pure gamesmanship is more than worth the loss of pure precision. A grade stuff
Althea
Oct. 11, 1989
Meadowlands Arena

Grossly, unjustly, ridiculously overlooked version w/Jerry and the whole band dialed in--great '89 precision w/ hot keyboard fills and a sweet outro jam. Shame it's so low on the board
Eyes Of The World
March 27, 1993
Knickerbocker Arena

If you scrolled down this far to find a hidden nugget of a gem of an Eyes congratulations! You've found it. Unlike a lot of latter day versions Jerry abandons the Midi in this one and gets back to gritty guitar pickin with some fuzzy chaw thrown in and Weir just slashes away with really cool counter-rhythms & the whole thing just flows with great energy. Jerry's vocals aren't too bad either especially for the year and this is one of the top tier 90s versions available--shouldn't be this low on the board.
Sugar Magnolia
June 22, 1973
Pacific Coliseum

Very odd to me this doesn't have more votes. Bob's vocals are a little raspy but he doesn't push anything too far in trying to hit the high notes and the jamming is fire iron hot....Keith adds some delicious touches along the way ... there's really no reason for this version to be sitting in single digits