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Bird Song
Oct. 9, 1980
Warfield Theater

Fluttering acoustic beauty from the Warfield
Oct. 9, 1980
Warfield Theater

So glad this tune made the cut for acoustic rotation and new release is fantastic. Great tension build in the jam
June 14, 1984
Red Rocks Amphitheater

Super crisp song portion and tension/release jam segment. Very worthy
Brown Eyed Women
Oct. 25, 1979
New Haven Coliseum

Jerry is crazy nimble in this. Fresh from a 30 days of dead release - a choice cut
Sitting on Top of the World
May 19, 1966
Avalon Ballroom

Short, sweet, but THUMPING


Estimated Prophet
Dec. 4, 1979
Uptown Theater

This Estimated is good, but the Franklin's that follows is the take home. Around the 7 min mark, DJ Jazzy Brent has some silky licks before the solo gets handed over to Jerry. Worth listening for that contribution.
Franklin's Tower
Dec. 4, 1979
Uptown Theater

This is a true highlight of the new DP release. Band clicks during this Frank and the following jam has wonderful interplay between Jerry and Brent.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Dec. 3, 1979
Uptown Theatre

I have a bit of a different take on this. I was super excited for the new DP release, as I personally love '79, especially Nov-Dec. I found this version really sluggish and lacking spark. The Scarlett was approached with near reluctance and Bobby's slide offers little to the supportive structure. The Fire picks up, but has devastating audio cuts that take you out of the momentum the band was gaining. I'll obviously spin again, many times, but was relatively underwhelmed following Lemieux talking this up so hard in the seaside chat.
Eyes Of The World
May 4, 1979
Hampton Coliseum

Jerry and Brent get lock step early in this magnificent version. Peppy rendition for the first time in the mothership
The Weight
July 23, 1990
World Music Theatre

RIP Brent. His final lyrics are tear jerking in context