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Submissions

1
Bird Song
Dec. 26, 1981
Oakland Auditorium

Whoa! This one somehow slipped through the cracks - A hidden gem for sure!
2
Jack Straw
Oct. 31, 1980
Radio City Music Hall

Opens the first electric set from the last (and best) show from the 8 night run at NYC's Radio City Music Hall. Its nomination is long overdue!
2
Eyes Of The World
Oct. 17, 1978
Winterland Arena

This should be on the map. Follow it to find the treasure!
1
Me and My Uncle
June 8, 1974
Coliseum Stadium

Alert! This one not a throw-away. The best one of '74, no foolin'. Played with a perfect balance of gusto, gumption & grit.
1
Promised Land
March 16, 1973
Nassau Coliseum

A charged version that starts off a triple-thread run for this massive second set.

Comments

Dark Star
Aug. 27, 1972
Old Renaissance Faire Grounds

I struggled with this one being ranked #1, but I’ve come to conclude that its slot is really where it should be. This Dark star is one of the darkest Stars; what’s more is the vast musical movements it takes, coupled with the superlative ensemble playing. Everybody is inspired and locked in, with each member being a finger of the collective hand. The musical conversations are out of the cosmos! This beast rocks, swings, crawls and sprawls in a psychedelic tinged voodoo gumbo of musical idioms from other planets, from other galaxies. An institution of higher learning should offer a course of study on this Star. We can all learn something new with each listen…
The Other One
Feb. 27, 1969
Fillmore West

^Agree this one holds up well compared to the others of the run, but 3/1/69 is even better (and ranked higher). Still doesn't trump Harpur for me, though.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
March 18, 1977
Winterland Arena

I neglected this one for a long time, assuming it would be inferior to the more developed and realized combos that happened in May. In a way I was right, but I have to admit one should never judge a book in the great library of the Grateful Dead! I really enjoyed this one. I can’t call this one definitive, but I’ll say it’s unique and thrilling, and a worthy addition once the titan versions of the year have been explored and enjoyed. The wah-wah in Fire, especially from (5:30-7:20 ) is raw, funky, powerful & emotive. Hunter Seamons offers another great Matrix.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
Oct. 1, 1976
Market Square Arena

^This one has long been a favorite of mine. Thank-you for your contribution, 'bucket'!
Dark Star
Sept. 11, 1973
William and Mary College Hall

^It's turkey season!