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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
Jan. 10, 1970
Community Concourse

Easily the best TC-era performance.
The Eleven
Oct. 12, 1968
Avalon Ballroom

Not as good as Two from the Vault (8/24), but definitely a top Eleven. No Pigpen on organ, Bobby is a bit muffled in the mix, and the transitions are not as silky smooth, but the energy of this performance makes up for it.
Eyes Of The World
Feb. 9, 1973
Roscoe Maples Pavilion - Stanford University

Check out Bobby's playing throughout this show, especially here. Little mellow fills.
Playin' In The Band
Dec. 19, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

Insane transition into the final verse (catch the Phil buzz bomb).
I Need A Miracle
Oct. 18, 1978
Winterland Arena

I judge my Miracles by how fucked up Jerry sounds in the backing vocals. This one wins.