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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.
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
June 12, 1980
Memorial Coliseum

Just a great, grooving, bluesy Althea. Everyone right in the pocket. Find the exceptional Miller SBD & enjoy.
Bird Song
July 21, 1972
Paramount Northwest Theater

Download Series Vol. 10. This version is sparkling. Everything you expect out of a great '72 w/cool OR. vibe. Beautiful midsong drum break & much more
Aiko Aiko
Feb. 23, 1993
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Hey Now! Played on Mardi Gras day with 10 minute drum percussion lead-in to start the 2nd set! You'll like what the Big Chief say.


Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Sept. 4, 1991
Richfield Coliseum

A little more MIDI in the transition jam than I normally care for, but it's mitigated by some inspired playing by Bruce. Also, while most of the comments have singled out the "fire", I think the "Scarlet" is pretty darn good, too. It's fast but super tight and the aforementioned transition jam just mind-meld-melts its way from Scarlet into Fire, and yeah, the Fire that ensues is marked by some real gritty Jerry guitar, non-MIDI style, and so this one got my upvote.
Promised Land
Dec. 26, 1979
Oakland Auditorium

^^^^Agreed. All the ones that aren’t throwaways, like this one, should be upvoted to help them stand out. (Also if you like this check out 9/18/90 which is beyond the best they ever did.)
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Dec. 31, 1978
Winterland Arena

Can’t believe I forgot to vote up this version. Greatest NYE show they ever did....everything so good and with so many meaty late set monsters I guess it was easy to take this for granted, but no more. Mellow trippy transition jam, tight as drum Scarlet, deep jammy Fire, no Jerry lyric fumbles. Shines over many that are above it on the ladder.
Playin' In The Band
Dec. 14, 1971
Hill Auditorium

Thx for the link to the remaster, DarkStar....and great recommend all around. I love these mini-jam fests that remind me of the amazing version they recorded for the "Ace" album. This is a keeper for certain.
Franklin's Tower
March 19, 1977
Winterland Arena

Stupendous, outrageous, inspired...probably should be ranked a lot higher...it’s not just Garcia’s ridiculous soloing but the whole damn band that’s crushing it all the way through. Even the quiet sections will make you stop and take note of how much of a mind meld is going on here. This show is totally overshadowed by the May 77 run but there is so much brilliance in this Winterland trio of shows and overall this might be the best. Check out this Tower if you haven’t yet...it’s a stunner.