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Bird Song
June 13, 1994
Memorial Stadium

Adventurous, somewhat dissonant jam from a fairly strong first set. Fans of Welnick-era improv should check this out.
1
Its All Over Now
Nov. 10, 1985
Meadowlands Arena

Rowdy but still sharply played. Check out this superb first set.
1
Row Jimmy
June 21, 1976
Tower Theater

Intense and electrifying, highlighted perhaps by Jerry’s vocal performance. Another amazing June ’76 Row Jimmy.
2
I Need A Miracle
Dec. 17, 1978
Fox Theatre

Hot early version with a well-developed Jerry-led outro jam. Check out the amazing Joann Walker recording.
2
Space
April 29, 1984
Nassau Coliseum

Unusual, long Space for the era. Fans of Feedback will enjoy this one.

Comments

Cryptical Envelopment
June 7, 1970
Fillmore West

Whoa, this is nuts! Some serious Sonic Youth vibes in the last few minutes.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
June 13, 1994
Memorial Stadium

Damn -- this is really, really good and would be listed higher if there were a SBD. (This Miller/Noel AUD is great, though!) If I were trying to find fault, I might say that parts of Fire plod along unremarkably ... but other parts cook and groove and shake and burn, and the Scarlet > transition jam is sharper and stronger than most '90s versions I can think of. Several '94-'95 versions have become quite popular on here, and I think this might be the best of all. Don't miss out on this show.
Eyes Of The World
Sept. 18, 1990
Madison Square Garden

Almost overwhelming in color and detail — there are a lot of notes — but it works. In fact, it bowls me over. Great Eyes.
Row Jimmy
Sept. 18, 1990
Madison Square Garden

This particular song may have benefited from the lushness of the Vince-plus-Bruce sound. I think it went through something of a renaissance in this period. This is a really strong version, and frankly both new keyboardists sound great.
Touch of Grey
Sept. 15, 1990
Madison Square Garden

I’m surprised not to find this one higher. It’s not flawless — Garcia fumbles a lyric — but it’s performed like they mean it. Certainly worthy of your attention, along with the rest of Bruce’s first show as a band member.