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May 12, 1981
Veterans' Memorial Coliseum

Numerous "Lively Up Yourself" teases within this short space--follows a "He's Gone" dedicated to Bob Marley
Samson and Delilah
April 18, 1978
Civic Arena

Kicking intro out of Dancin'>Drums and into a typically raucous, rippin', 1978 Samson. You'll dig it for the into alone but the whole thing is a beast
March 2, 1992
The Omni

Heavy calypso rhythms & monstrous punctuation via The Beast make for an epic Drums out of Terrapin. 5 star stuff.
Estimated Prophet
Aug. 30, 1978
Red Rocks Ampitheatre

In combo with the equally stunning "Eyes" to follow this is an unheralded, wah-wah Jerry-heavy, Bobby/Donna vocal gem.
Beat it on Down The Line
July 3, 1966
Fillmore Auditorium

Flying Pig.


Crazy Fingers
July 13, 1976
Orpheum Theatre

May be my new personal favorite. The outro jam is legendary for good reason--as close to a Shankar-style raga as you'll ever hear them do--but even before then, the mid-song bridge jam is just a thousand different kinds of beautiful & Donna Jean just sparkles on vocals, blending rather than overtaking Jerry at key moments. Stunning, spectacular version, better perhaps by a nose than many of the other fine June/July 1976 renditions listed on the board.
Eyes Of The World
March 26, 1973
Baltimore Civic Center

Dug down the list to find this sweet as marmalade jazz jam from a sadly overlooked 1973 performance in Charm City. & this is really a charming version. The first two Garcia led jam breaks are floating little miracles. Nicely sung, too, & turn it up for Keith.
Throwing Stones
Sept. 22, 1993
Madison Square Garden

^^^^ Well mcjed, you've got me sold on a Sept. 90 MSG boxed set!! Will need to dig deeper into the archive to find some of those shows/songs you mentioned, having been to only 2 of those 6 MSG shows in that run. Remember the giant inflatable tie-dye-wearing King Kong they put up over the entrance? Magnificent. Gone are the days...
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Sept. 28, 1972
Stanley Theatre

^^^^Thanks Quinn for explaining the extra long intro which is awesome & I wish had been utilized more often, broken string or not. Excellent version here w/an approach to the FG jam --never realized--but perfectly fine that it doesn't occur as the transition flows nicely w/out it. Only explanation I can imagine for the ridiculously low ranking here is that the version I have cuts out near the end of IKYR but I am going to search for other copies that have the complete tune. Otherwise this version is top notch '72 magic.
Row Jimmy
May 8, 1977
Barton Hall - Cornell University

^^^^Preach. Couldn't agree more. Nothing "wrong" with this version but like the Brown Eyed Women from this show with tons of votes it's clear that the only reason they're heralded is because of the date attached to the performance. Here are 4 RJ's vastly better than this one just off the top of my head: 3/20/77 (the very best), 4/12/78, 2/28/73, and 5/3/77. I'm sure there are others.