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Ramble On Rose
Sept. 28, 1972
Stanley Theatre

Much like the Philly version a week earlier, this one really shines.
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China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Sept. 28, 1972
Stanley Theatre

Subtly experimental transition jam seems to hint at “Feelin’ Groovy” without stating the theme outright.
1
Greatest Story Ever Told
Sept. 26, 1972
Stanley Theatre

Just two days before one of the consensus favorites, this version is BLAZING.
2
Mama Tried
March 19, 1977
Winterland Arena

Deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the other punchy, galloping ’77s.
1
Jack Straw
Sept. 9, 1974
Alexandra Palace

If you’re like me, you love the intensity of these ’74 Jack Straws. This one is not to be missed.

Comments

El Paso
Nov. 11, 1973
Winterland Arena

Keith friggin’ Godchaux, god DAMN!
Bertha
May 12, 1977
Auditorium Theatre

Such a pure, sparkling, exuberant version. I’m in love.
Playin' In The Band
May 21, 1974
Edmundson Pavilion

I’m with the yeasayers on this one. This magnificent version is perhaps my favorite of the year. It stays remarkably engaging throughout. Several of its individual jamming episodes alone would put this one high on the list, but taken together? This is the real deal.
Weather Report Suite
May 21, 1974
Edmundson Pavilion

Includes some jamming in D before the transition to China Doll. Stellar version from an A-grade show.
Ramble On Rose
March 20, 1977
Winterland Arena

The execution here is just about pristine.