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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.
Ramble On Rose
Dec. 8, 1973
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke U

A very tight version with great Phil bombs and Jerry solo. This show slips under the radar. Don't miss it.
Fire On The Mountain
April 24, 1978
Horton Field House - Illinois State University

Jerry's Mutron magic and Bobby's noodling slide make this version unique. So much energy here.


May 26, 1993
Cal Expo

Will have to listen to the ones above, but this has always been the gold standard for me. It actually sounds like it could be a Dead standard in this performance.
Sugar Magnolia
April 14, 1978
Cassell Coliseum - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Epic version. The Black Peter>Sugar Mag pairing is just exactly perfect. Sad tears/we all die into Bobby running around spreading joy.
Big River
June 23, 1974
Jai-Alai Fronton

Wow, surprised this isn't higher. I find with most "Big Rivers," you can't get all of everything. Jerry's solos are either amazing or just standard-fare, while Keith either blows away his honky-tonk keys, or it seems like he has to be reminded that it's time for his solo...Not the case here. Both perform this exceptionally.
Playin' In The Band
Nov. 25, 1973
Feyline Field

This one should be way up there. The Phil feedback is the icing on the cake near the end of the jam. Great playing at this show.
Cosmic Charlie
March 1, 1969
Fillmore West

Very fast and lysergic.