Aug. 27, 1972
Old Renaissance Faire Grounds
Just wanted to respond to grendel's comment. I definitely respect your opinion and see where you're coming from with the jams being longer, but i completely disagree with you on the 77 ones being better. 77 was cocaine territory for the grateful dead and that drug never helped this song, most of the versions are entirely too fast/rushing, lacking soul/emotion, lacking listening. I do believe this show is definitely overrated, but not this jack straw, this should be #1. The momentum throughout the song is downright magical, and the interactions between Keith and Jerry and Bobby are superb. I definitely believe this song peaked in 72/73, check out 12/18/73 Curtis Hixon Convention Hall for a superb 73 version. I pretty much entirely disagree with this list, I'll almost always rank a 72 or 73 version higher than post 73. That 79 version being at the top is such a joke, its not even in the top 50 probably, same goes for all of these 80s versions.