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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
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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
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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
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Row Jimmy
April 30, 1988
Frost Amphitheatre

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

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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)