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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!
Row Jimmy
Dec. 6, 1973
Public Hall

Listen to this one with headphones. Soulful singing by Garcia.."not too fast and not too slow"
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
April 16, 1972
Aarhus University

Doesn't dissapoint. Nice developed transition for April 72...Dreamy guitar work during this transition.
Wharf Rat
April 22, 1978
Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Garcia crushes it! There is a very nice Joani Walker recording of this on LMA...
How Long Blues
July 14, 1970
Euphoria Ballroom

Only one I've heard on tape. Nice tune..


Sugar Magnolia
Feb. 19, 1973
International Amphitheatre

Wharf Rat
May 19, 1974
Portland Memorial Coliseum

F@ck Yeah!!!
Turn On Your Love Light
Dec. 29, 1968
Gulfstream Park Race Track

This show is in your face. Garcia's leads are screaming throughout the whole gig. This is what heavy metal was before heavy metal. He attacks the audience.
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!