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Let It Grow
June 10, 1976
Boston Music Hall

Liquid
2
Althea
July 1, 1980
San Diego Sports Arena

3 versions on archive. Grab the SBD seeded by Brian Cole. Listen to the insane end jam. Listen to the whole thing. This is an A+++ version!
1
Lazy Lightnin' -> Supplication
Oct. 30, 1977
Assembly Hall - Indiana University

Can't believe what short shrift this show gets. They pull off the combo like gangbusters here.
1
Loser
Dec. 6, 1971
Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden

Glorious Jerry vocals, not one, but TWO "sweet Susie's", excellent gritty solo. Best early version ever!
2
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!

Comments

Not Fade Away
Oct. 6, 1977
Activity Center. Arizona State U

Haven't sampled all of them yet but you're right at least one of the sources is sped way up. (I think it's the FM broadcast). If you find a better one before I do let me know.
Not Fade Away
Oct. 6, 1977
Activity Center. Arizona State U

Well, yes indeed. The above posters do not lie, this is a right old barn burner. There is some confusion about this show, which for some odd reason has multiple sources on the archive, some of which are mixed in with selections from 10/29/77, aka the best Dead show ever. However, the correct version of 10-6-77 featuring this killer NFA>Black Peter>NFA is crazy good, ultra fast jammed and just a rager of a sandwich. And yeah, I know of no other that has Jerry breaking into an impromptu MLB jam, but it's here!
Space
Jan. 22, 1978
McArthur Court, U of Oregon

Thank you, sir, it's much appreciated. Thought about Beowulf for the new guy but went with Fezzik instead. Anybody want a peanut?
Space
Jan. 22, 1978
McArthur Court, U of Oregon

It is. He's part lab, part golden and sadly, we lost him a few months back to the ravages of time. He's pretty young in that avatar but he lived to be nearly 13 & he was the greatest. Can't bear to take the avatar down, even though we have a new mixed breed rescue pup. He's wonderful, but there will never be another Grendel. And yeah, black labs are pretty great.
Eyes Of The World
June 10, 1990
Cal Expo

Not as "Dead Lite" as some 90s versions can be accused of being. Don't expect any blistering runs a la 1974 or '77 but the jazz elements are strong here and Jerry goes exploring in a confident, always interesting stroll through this delightful version. +1.