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Dark Hollow
Oct. 9, 1980
Warfield Theater

So clean, perfectly executed - acoustic butter
Around and Around
May 4, 1979
Hampton Coliseum

Not usually my song, but this one cranks into hyper speed, with Brent preaching on the organ and Jerry nailing the licks
May 4, 1979
Hampton Coliseum

Not the longest version, but hot with some interesting diversions into different territory than a normal Truckin'. Segues effortlessly into Stella
May 4, 1979
Hampton Coliseum

Fiery version - Jerry is ON. Mothership on hype. Worthy of a focused spin
Terrapin Station
May 6, 1990
California State University Dominguez Hills

Powerful ~16 min version with strong Chill Lesh prominence


Cumberland Blues
July 17, 1989
Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Brent playing like he’s possessed. His link up with Jerry is positively electric. Crusher of a version
Dark Star
May 7, 1972
Bickershaw Festival

Surprising this one doesn't get more dap, because it is a creamy ride through the cosmos. Far more mellow than some of the angular versions from tour, this one is a relaxing sonic cushion to float through deep space. Love it
Chinatown Shuffle
April 14, 1972
Tivolis Koncertsal

Back again on this one. Keith absolutely CHEWING up the scenery. So chunky on the boards. Choice doesn't begin to describe
U.S. Blues (Wave That Flag)
April 25, 1977
Capitol Theater

Often a plug and play, obligatory closer, but this one is different. Band attacks with insane fervor and energy. Colossal high energy closer to an incredible show.
Wharf Rat
April 25, 1977
Capitol Theater

Awesome beyond measure. Magnificent, blissful peak, then breaks free completely from the song convention for deep exploration, landing after a serious manic moment, softly, into Playin' reprise. Shocking this one has so few votes.