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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!
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!


Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Nov. 30, 1979
Stanley Theater

^^^^ Let me know when you find those other versions--I'd be curious to check them out!
Shakedown Street
May 12, 1981
Veterans' Memorial Coliseum

^^^^ It does, and you're right. Won't get as much notice as the barn-burner versions but it should.
Shakedown Street
May 12, 1981
Veterans' Memorial Coliseum

So psyched to find versions like this: Mellow but funky, & smooth as melted butter. Gets better every time I hear it. Love Garcia's take-your-time riffs in the jam section leading into a stick-the-landing finish. Brent fills are juicy and Bobby misses not a beat, Phil fans will love some of his chunk-a-dunks as well. Let's get this into double digits at the very least, please. It's more than worthy.
Here Comes Sunshine
Nov. 30, 1973
Boston Music Hall

Masterpiece version I've come to appreciate more listening to the Matrix available instead of DP14. The matrix starts out a bit rough but once yours ears adjust the jamming in the meat of this HCS really comes alive, especially what Jerry does in slowing it down after the little drum break. It's astonishingly patient and beautiful guitar work, stretching the outer contours of the jam cycle and eventually charging headlong into a rhythmic event of seismic full band participation before Jerry sings the final verse. What a spectacular rendition. 2nd only to my ears to 2/23/74.
Not Fade Away
June 20, 1980
West High Auditorium

Hey Ragnaroar.....for a super great funky, totally different-sounding early Brent NFA check out 11/2/79....maybe the most underrated NFA ever.