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Ramble On Rose
Sept. 28, 1972
Stanley Theatre

Much like the Philly version a week earlier, this one really shines.
1
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

Black Throated Wind
Sept. 28, 1972
Stanley Theatre

A new favorite version? Big crescendo at the end as the song seems to boil over with feeling. “Drowning in you” indeed.
Caution
April 16, 1972
Aarhus University

Caution and UJB weren’t played at this show.
Not Fade Away
March 18, 1977
Winterland Arena

Blazing, but sophisticated, deep, and varied. At times a little mysterious or menacing. One of the very best I’ve heard.
Samson and Delilah
March 18, 1977
Winterland Arena

Jerry and Phil light this one up with 16th notes. One of the more electrifying versions I’ve heard in a while.
Sugaree
March 18, 1977
Winterland Arena

Shockingly different from the April – June versions I’ve heard. Moves through dramatically varied dynamics and textures, at times irreverent and at others almost disquieting. You need to hear this.