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Drums -> Space
July 4, 1989
Rich Stadium

An inspired drums segment from the Devils and a serviceable space segment. Worth the spin
3
Crazy Fingers
June 16, 1991
Giants Stadium

Perfect full band gelling in a dramatic end jam portion, leading effortlessly into China > Rider
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Greatest Story Ever Told
July 12, 1987
Giants Stadium

Why the dead chose to neuter the peak jam inherent in early incarnations of this song is one of the most perplexing mysteries ever. This is crisp tho
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Black Peter
June 6, 1991
Deer Creek Music Center

This hit me perfectly. Well paced, lyrically nailed the poignancy, peak was driven. Nice late-era Peter
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Stella Blue
July 12, 1987
Giants Stadium

I was surprised to look back and see how relatively short this version was, because it had wonderful pace and the punch was ferocious.

Comments

Stella Blue
Oct. 14, 1983
Hartford Civic Center

The cathartic peak to cap the spiritual roller coaster of this legendary second set. The peak in this is gorgeous. The boys bring the crowd back to earth with a sugar mags to ultimately close out this top tier set.
Spanish Jam
Oct. 14, 1983
Hartford Civic Center

Ethereal jam, the sound of what floating would feel like. Less aggressively "Spanish Jam" chord crunches like other versions, more hints of the song structure in deep exploration while jamming
Eyes Of The World
Oct. 14, 1983
Hartford Civic Center

This needs more dap. Peppy, tight, fluid jamming throughout and the highlight outro solo is like peeking into a spiritual musical conversation between Brent and Jerry. So, so good.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Oct. 14, 1983
Hartford Civic Center

Finally scooped this on vinyl and my god, this second set holds up perfectly. Over an hour of top tier playing and perfect setlist choices. It starts with this all-timer Scarlet > Fire, which has literally everything you could want from this famed jam vehicle. Precise Scarlet with fluid dreamy transition, absolutely scorching Fire solos - this version is transcends.
Scarlet Begonias
March 23, 1974
Cow Palace

First ever and surprisingly good, with a different type of sound. They don't hesitate to let it breath a bit after the verses, with some communicative playing (relatively speaking in duration - I think it tops out at ~7 min, but not bad at all for the first time played)