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Greatest Story Ever Told
April 24, 1984
Veterans' Memorial Coliseum

The best performance of this song since 1972? Jerry belts out a sweet Candyman afterwards.
Looks Like Rain
Feb. 17, 1973
St. Paul Auditorium

Keith steps in when Jerry's guitar channel literally dies. Very nice, Mr. Godchaux.
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.


The Wheel
Sept. 28, 1976
Onondaga County War Memorial

Always liked this track, Half-Step, and Dancin' from this DP.
High Time
Sept. 23, 1976
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke U

Sing it, Donna! Flawless vocals, ethereal performance. Too bad this show is completely missing from the vault, and whoever made off with the reels must have never made copies. Or maybe it was just one of those rare fluke shows that didn't get recorded from the board?
Big River
March 14, 1981
Hartford Civic Center

Yeah, the early '80s cowboy songs usually feel a little artificially rushed. Sniff. But Jerry cranks the volume knob on this.
Me and My Uncle
March 14, 1981
Hartford Civic Center

Brent does some great work on the Rhodes piano throughout. Jerry really works it out on "Big River." Continue listening past this pairing to a mind-altering "Peggy-O."
Turn On Your Love Light
May 1, 1970
Alfred College

Wow, surprised that this one is all the way down here. I've always had trouble keeping my attention during this song, but the opening jam shreds as good as anything from electric Bear's Choice in '70. And sure "The Other One" is not quite as epic this night, but Phil really gets a turn to shine here. Jerry let him have it. He preferred to stand in the sonic waves and watch the performance from a slight distance, it seems. Lots of crunchy bass picking and bombs though. And Jerry gets seriously scary around the 7 min mark. Anyway, getting off topic.