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Fall 73



Dark Star
Feb. 23, 1968
Kings Beach Bowl

Dick's Picks 22 anyone?? 68 tone is honestly incredible, and this is a perfect example
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Feb. 14, 1970
Fillmore East

How is this not here?? Dicks picks 4... a classic primal china>rider no doubt.
Promised Land
May 26, 1972
Strand Lyceum

Grate version... listen carefully at the beginning you can hear Jerry yell "put your acid in!"


Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Feb. 5, 1978
Uni Dome, U of Northern Iowa

Gave this a spin out of curiosity; it's not bad, but it's definitely not anywhere near Cornell. Everyone wants to say Cornell is overrated. It definitely is overrated, as it doesn't come anywhere close to the shows they played pre-1975. But as far as post-1974 shows go, the 3 best shows they played were 8/13/75, 5/8/77, and 12/31/78. All downhill from there.
Me and Bobby McGee
Nov. 11, 1973
Winterland Arena

This is most definitely one of my favorite versions... just perfect really. Coming from the best tour they played and one of the top 5 shows ever... 73 was it
Mexicali Blues
Aug. 27, 1972
Old Renaissance Faire Grounds

The list for this song is brutal. I’m glad that it’s a 72 version and not some Brent version, but there are a plethora of better versions from 1972 alone (9/27/72, 10/18/72) much less from 1973/1974. You could pick a better version out of a hat from October-December 73. See 10/19/73, 10/25/73, 11/9/73, 11/10/73, 11/14/73, 11/20/73, and 11/30/73.
Mexicali Blues
July 19, 1989
Alpine Valley Music Theatre

This song died after 1974. Weak
Mexicali Blues
March 20, 1992
Copps Coliseum

One word... yikes. There are at least 50 versions from 72-74 that are significantly better.