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Touch of Grey
Oct. 14, 1988
Miami Arena

Why we love this band. Every little new nuance in each version. Love the way Garcia sings, "Oh well the Touch of Grey.." and the way he pronounces it.
Dec. 31, 1972
Winterland Arena

Trippy underwater solo like the 2/24/73 version. Only a couple months away and the resurrection of this tune starting up.
Row Jimmy
April 9, 1987
UIC Pavilion

About as fine as a version you'll get. This one is absolutely soaring. 3/20/77 second solo like. I mean just listen. It's inspired big time!
Man Smart, Woman Smarter
July 28, 1982
Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Put's you right there https://archive.org/details/gd1982-07-28.138613.beyerm201.holbrook.flac2448/gd1982-07-28beyerm201.24s2t01.flac
Good Lovin'
Dec. 23, 1970
Winterland Arena

Ripping version as are most from 70. First half of the tune is the Mickey and Billy Show. Second half is all screaming Garcia leads... Smokes!


Terrapin Station
June 9, 1977
Winterland Arena

I remember probably 15 years ago pulled up into the Safeway parking lot in North Boulder and had this cranking. Got out of the car and a lady next to me had a huge smile on her face getting into her car groceries in hand and said “they don’t do it like that anymore”.
The Eleven
Dec. 11, 1969
Thelma Theater

Phil just bombs the shit out of this one!
Feb. 14, 1968
Carousel Ballroom

Only drawback to this one is super quiet Pig vocals.
Dancin' in the Streets
April 15, 1970
Winterland Arena

Am I not correct in saying that 30 trips has the complete show of this night?
Row Jimmy
March 20, 1977
Winterland Arena

You know I was listening to this again (can never get enough) and was thinking, usually Garcia would go slide on the solos on '77. I think most had them if I'm not mistaken. Wonder if he went for the slide and dropped it or it wasn't there and he was just like "F' it....going big then" Feel like when there was a technical difficulty he made it shine and brought a little more oomph.