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Not Fade Away
March 24, 1993
Dean Smith Center

Very hot version. Gets bogged down in too many bop-bops, but the mid-jam is fiery at this great 1993 show.
Black Throated Wind
May 12, 1991
Shoreline Amphitheatre

Another great 1991 version. On the new 30 Days of Dead for 2019 along with a smoking "Deal."
Morning Dew
June 26, 1994
Sam Boyd Silver Bowl

In no way does this compare to the Mount Rushmore version on 3/27/94, but a solid take with a very good finale.
The Other One
June 20, 1983
Merriweather Post Pavilion

Coming out of Bob's "Bob Star" rap. Not the leanest, meanest, longest or most jammed out version, but good in its own way and Jerry does some work.
Uncle John's Band
March 27, 1995
The Omni

Talk about a sleeper...along with the "PITB" before it, this is probably the last time the Grateful Dead really went the distance in terms of jamming.


Terrapin Station
Nov. 28, 1980
Lakeland Civic Center

Yea, this one hits the sweet spot. Less intense, "cozy" is indeed the right word. It's like a warm blanket or a cool summer breeze. Love this one.
Smokestack Lightnin'
July 23, 1990
World Music Theatre

Best one I've heard. Jerry's solo is divine.
July 23, 1990
World Music Theatre

I just listened to this show in full the other day...it's brilliant. So tight and clean. Brent went out on top. This "Truckin'" is a monster. Great jam into a killer "Smokestack."
Touch of Grey
April 1, 1990
The Omni

This is as good as this song gets. Flawless rendition. Jerry gets the lyrics right and delivers them with confidence.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
March 14, 1981
Hartford Civic Center

Bobby's support behind Jerry's absolutely brilliant transition solo is heavenly.