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Feel Like A Stranger
Oct. 4, 1980
Warfield Theater

Lots of great versions of this song, but the Dead Set one is in pure Go To Heaven form. Brent's synth work is amazing.
Mexicali Blues
April 8, 1972
Wembley Empire Pool

Unreal this hasn't been submitted yet. The version from Steppin Out. Like Garcia is reading off sheet music for the solos. Outstanding version.
May 26, 1993
Cal Expo

Wha? This isn't on here? Clocking in at 36:25 following the insane PITB. Keeps your attention all the way through. Very good MIDI by Mickey.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Aug. 7, 1971
Golden Hall

The DP 35 houseboat tapes version is very hot for '71. Great interplay between the band, Phil Bombs.
Stagger Lee
July 1, 1979
Seattle Center Coliseum

Huge peak in the outro solo. Bobby does the space slide and Jerry just plucks away. Hot early Brent show.


Hard to Handle
Feb. 14, 1970
Fillmore East

Da fak is this doing so low? This is the essential version, with the lysergic melt-down around the 4:30 mark. Bobby's rhythm work here is truly extraordinary, not to mention the Jer solos and Phil.
March 14, 1981
Hartford Civic Center

I hate to be "that guy" in the comments thread (although it appears I am not alone), but there are a number of better versions of "Althea" that are more emotive than this from a variety of different years...it's all about that "this space is getting hot" crescendo for me.
New Potato Caboose
Dec. 7, 1968
Bellarmine College

Wow, those vocals before the first jam. Incredible. Is that still Pigpen on organ, or TC?
The Other One
Oct. 27, 1979
Cape Cod Coliseum

Although Hunter's matrices usually get my vote, check out the Jim Groves matrix of this show. It mixes a little less audience in.
Uncle John's Band
Dec. 26, 1969
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU

Epic workman's version of this Workingman's tune. Pure acoustic bliss.