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Big River
June 26, 1974
Providence Civic Center

Outrageous version. Takes a second to get the mix dialed in, but man they blow the roof off. This has to be one of the best Wall of Sound shows.
Mexicali Blues
June 26, 1974
Providence Civic Center

My lord! This mexicali is insane!! If you doubt the power of the cowboy tunes listen to this Wall of Sound beauty!!!
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!"


Lazy Lightnin' -> Supplication
June 14, 1976
Beacon Theatre

I've always thought this was one of the best of this sequence of tunes
It Must Have Been The Roses
Oct. 12, 1984
Augusta Civic Center

Y'all, Jerry's voice is totally shot. This should be nowhere close to the top 5. So many better versions under this, 6/26/74...
He's Gone
Sept. 21, 1972
The Spectrum

This version should be WAY higher. Contender for best ever
Aug. 27, 1972
Old Renaissance Faire Grounds

This is one of my favorite deals. The Stanley 9/27 version might be a bit hotter, and there's some great versions from Europe tour as well. 89 versions are shreddy but, as per usual with late era dead, substitute coherency and tightness for balls out, sloppy energy. I'm glad that both eras of versions exist, but I definitely tend to lean toward the crisp psychedelia of 1972 over all else
El Paso
July 8, 1978
Red Rocks Amphitheatre

This is really far from being the best version of this song they played... 9/21/72, 9/27/72, 10/19/73, 11/11/73, 6/26/74, just to name a couple