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Knockin' On Heaven's Door
July 10, 1989
Giants Stadium

I have a huge heart for 89/90 era Knockin's, most especially for Jerry's perfect, blissful ambient tone. This one slays exactly as it should
1
Don't Ease Me In
July 10, 1989
Giants Stadium

Usually a bit of a throwaway for me, but this one was lyrically enthusiastic with tight playing
3
Franklin's Tower
July 10, 1989
Giants Stadium

Tight, bright version. A great yin to the Stranger yang opener
1
Hey Pocky Way
April 30, 1988
Frost Amphitheatre

Blistering, full band energy. Crunchy Brent, fiery Jerry soloing - Bobby notes pre-song, this is the "drummer's choice" - Version cranks
1
Row Jimmy
April 30, 1988
Frost Amphitheatre

Absolutely glistening solo from Jerry and tasteful tonal fills from Brent. Choice

Comments

Dancin' in the Streets
May 2, 1970
Harpur College

This is absolutely mesmerizing. The crowning jewel in an all-timer show. The connectivity with the band, the ramp up peak, then quieter jamming is so creative and precise. To me, this is infinitely better than any of the disco-laced '77 and beyond versions, which are great no doubt, but are this is in a whole other league of awesome
The Other One
Feb. 13, 1970
Fillmore East

Blasts into unabashedly into stratospheric discovery. The meat of the DS > O1 > Lovelight trilogy and it brings the beefy goods. One would think enough has been said about this portion and this show more generally, but when you put it back on after a long hiatus and it still floors you as hard as your first listen, and you realize just how insanely locked in and creative this is, it becomes clear yet again why it is deserving of all-timer status
Dark Star
Feb. 13, 1970
Fillmore East

50th anniversary of this yesterday and by divine coincidence, a vinyl copy I ordered arrive on the same day. I dusted off this holy trinity of DS > O1 > Lovelight last night, and yeah, my goddddd, this is still no doubt the absolute top tier of 80-90 min played in row that the boys have ever done. This DS is the pure definition of patience, intention, and really using your music to make art. 50 years later, still as jaw dropping as ever
Black Peter
May 2, 1970
Harpur College

Jerry's vocal tones and acoustic touches churn itself its so damn buttery.
Let It Grow
Oct. 29, 1977
Evans Field House, Northern Illinois University

SO grateful to have this top tier show on crisp soundboard now with the new release. My god this version SLAYS. And to the first comment, I thought the same exact thing in the opening beat - is this technically disco?? Jerry's tone and phrasing on the initial solo is everything... The band swells around him to a massive peak. This version is a scorcher...