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1
Candyman
July 5, 1978
Omaha Civic Auditorium

Slick, efficient Garcia solo, plus some cool flourishes by the Godchauxs.
2
Friend of the Devil
June 12, 1976
Music Hall

Perfectly phrased and chosen melody lines from Jerry. Another astonishing FOTD of the era.
1
Samson and Delilah
June 10, 1976
Boston Music Hall

Phil’s and Jerry’s sixteenth-note runs light up this version with a country-blues twang faintly reminiscent of Cumberland.
2
Space
June 27, 1983
Poplar Creek Music Theater

Shimmering, dazed Space highlighted by some of Brent’s wildest keyboard tones and textures.
1
Loser
Sept. 10, 1974
Alexandra Palace

Phil drops some serious bombs to complement Jerry’s ringing leads.

Comments

Playin' In The Band
June 16, 1974
Iowa State Fairgrounds

I for one can’t get enough of these ’74 Playin’ spacefests. But then my concept of the ideal Grateful Dead absolutely includes the avant garde weirdness. If you’re looking for a Playin’ that goes down smooth, this ain’t it. But if you’re looking for a true sonic adventure (as rocky, disorienting, and revelatory as adventures are), grab a pair of headphones and strap the fuck in.
Feel Like A Stranger
July 10, 1989
Giants Stadium

A beaut. Points for execution and creativity.
Ramble On Rose
June 30, 1973
Universal Amphitheatre

Outstanding. Close to perfection.
Comes A Time
May 1, 1977
The Palladium

There’s also a unique jam in D major between the end of Comes a Time and the start of Playin’ Reprise. Well worth hearing.
Lazy Lightnin' -> Supplication
June 12, 1976
Music Hall

The Supplication is pure dreaminess and dripping honey. This is the first time the song has reminded me of Miles Davis’ Shhh/Peaceful.