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Let It Grow
Oct. 14, 1980
Warfield Theater

Part of an unusual sequence between Tennessee Jed and The Wheel. A standard version for the era, elevated by focused playing and smooth transitions
West L.A. Fadeaway
Oct. 5, 1984
Charlotte Coliseum

Slinky and smooth. Jerry and Brent tear it. Great ‘84 version.
Aug. 20, 1972
San Jose Civic Auditorium

Board mix issues aside, this is a tight August ‘72 rendition where everyone is in the pocket.
Sept. 2, 1980
Community War Memorial Auditorium

A nice little gem where the band is locked in and Jerry is in the zone. The final jam really shines
Sept. 9, 1972
Hollywood Palladium

Solid version where the band really nails the sweet spots


Terrapin Station
May 11, 1980
Cumberland County Civic Center

A red-hot rock n’ roll Terrapin executed with precision and passion. This is a bombastic masterpiece and the best version I’ve come across in ages. As always, listen to the matrix recording and crank it up! The boys were on fire this night.
Black Peter
Dec. 26, 1981
Oakland Auditorium

It’s already such a great Black Peter but then you get this crazy, unique jazzy jam at the end. Unlike any other version.
The Eleven
Dec. 26, 1981
Oakland Auditorium

There’s a gentle build to the actual Eleven jam that is just...gorgeous. Emotive and unique, and the Eleven part is fiery stuff
Estimated Prophet
Dec. 26, 1981
Oakland Auditorium

Following an equally astounding Scarlet>Fire, this Estimated really brings the goods. Faster than your average version, not a missed note, and some godlike interplay between the boys. Don’t miss this one.
Drums -> Space
Jan. 11, 1978
Shrine Auditorium

A short drums segment with Phil that leads into an extended jazzy full band jam before St. Stephen. Unique and beautiful.