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Mister Charlie
March 28, 1972
Academy of Music

The best Mr. Charlie from the Academy of Music run of March 1972 (in my opinion) Follows a fantastic "You Win Again"
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Cosmic Charlie
June 4, 1976
Paramount Theatre

First time they had played it in years, and a perfect version, which you don't get many with this song. P-e-r-f-e-c-t. Go listen, you'll see.

Comments

Looks Like Rain
March 28, 1972
Academy of Music

Couldn't agree more with the above comment; listening to it now. Best of al, it's proceeded by a hilarious bit of banter from Phil and Bob that takes the piss out of the song before it even begins. And then proceed to play a totally committed version. Phil goes for a high harmony in the second verse that he belts out. Add to that Jerry's pedal steel, which is impeccable (might be his best performance on this song over this Academy of Music run), this is definitely a keeper. I'm not cringing! That's the best thing you can say about any version of this song! Phil is kicking ass on vocal.
Looks Like Rain
March 28, 1972
Academy of Music

Couldn't agree more with the above comment; listening to it now. Best of al, it's proceeded by a hilarious bit of banter from Phil and Bob that takes the piss out of the song before it even begins. And then proceed to play a totally committed version. Phil goes for a high harmony in the second verse that he belts out. Add to that Jerry's pedal steel, which is impeccable (might be his best performance on this song over this Academy of Music run), this is definitely a keeper. I'm not cringing! That's the best thing you can say about any version of this song! Phil is kicking ass on vocal.
Cumberland Blues
March 28, 1972
Academy of Music

Listening to it now, it burns! Vocally it's very good, not perfect, but nothing to cringe over. But instrumentally they are definitely a hot-shit band!
You Win Again
March 26, 1972
Academy of Music

Really outstanding, distinctive version, very cool funky Pigpen organ in the beginning, Jerry sings the entire song great, peels off a fantastic solo, very very cool. Again great interplay during Keith's piano solo with Pigpen and Weir contributing some great moments.
Wharf Rat
July 18, 1976
Orpheum Theater

Those harmonies in the middle, otherworldly. For me it's this one, and December 2, 1973, Boston Music Hall. It's almost a tie. The Boston one might have the edge, but these are the two "go-two" Wharf Rats for me, for the last 30 years.