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Nov. 23, 1973
County Coliseum

Well played, gets the show off to a good start
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
July 25, 1982
Compton Terrace Amphitheatre

The transition jam is where this one really shines, pretty good for the era. Transitions into a pretty smokin Samson
Samson and Delilah
July 25, 1982
Compton Terrace Amphitheatre

This one has a certain lower groovy shuffle that just allows Jerry to burn
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Aug. 28, 1981
Long Beach Arena

Shocked this isn't listed here yet. Played at lightning speed, coked to the gills, but hits all the right spots. Incredible for an '81 version.
Let It Grow
Aug. 28, 1981
Long Beach Arena

Crisp, bright, beautiful and epic. Leads into a phenomenal China Cat. I highly suggest the matrix version on the Archive!


He's Gone
Sept. 3, 1972
Folsom Field, University of Colorado

My go-to version. Practically flawless, effortlessly gorgeous and the outro jam into The Other One is sublime. A+
Tennessee Jed
July 31, 1973
Roosevelt Stadium

I've come back to this version many times and it never disappoints. Crazy underrated, probably bc this show is AUD only. The crescendo of the final solo is phenomenal!
Black Throated Wind
Aug. 12, 1972
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

Very, very good
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
March 23, 1974
Cow Palace

Total powerhouse, certainly one of the best versions out there.
Wharf Rat
June 8, 1974
Coliseum Stadium

damn near flawless, look for the matrix version