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To Lay Me Down
Jan. 1, 1970
Studio- Wally Heider

The studio version from "So Many Roads" box set. Fantastic version featuring great harmony between Bobby and Jerry.
April 19, 1978
Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Always love Garcia's guitar dancing around the vocals in this tune. Listen to the scrub at the end of the first solo break!
Fire On The Mountain
Oct. 31, 1980
Radio City Music Hall

Surprised no one mentioned this one...nice kicking groove with Garcia's vocals in fine form...
Wharf Rat
Dec. 31, 1976
Cow Palace

Put headphones on and listen to this one in a relaxed state...
Dire Wolf
May 16, 1978
Uptown Theater

Rollicking Version...Garcia's solo break make this one shine...Happy and upbeat for a song that state's "Don't murder me"


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!