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Cassidy
Oct. 10, 1976
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

The previous night's version was tasty, but this one is delicious. The nomination for this one is long overdue. The whole show is quintessential '76
2
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.

Comments

Big River
June 4, 1976
Paramount Theatre

^I love '76! This version is pretty stellar, indeed. I'd place it in good company w/ 6/14, 7/17 & 9/28 for the year. Thanks for pointing this one out - I had passed it over all these years. No longer.
Cassidy
June 9, 1976
Boston Music Hall

A lush, delicate version. The Cassidy's of this period are shorter than the readings to come over the next couple years, but in this stage it's sweet and beautifully crafted. A fine vintage.
Brokedown Palace
June 25, 1995
RFK Stadium

^ Right on, brother! "Listen to the river sing sweet songs"...
Brokedown Palace
June 25, 1995
RFK Stadium

^Well said, 'Grendal'. I think Brokedown is one that will carry on through the ages, a true American hymn that fires the spirit and tugs at the heart strings. This song is one that arguably sounded better with age; a bit more season and wisdom in the voices only enhances the emotive feeling. It haunts and soothes... R.I.P. Robert Hunter.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
Sept. 24, 1976
William and Mary College Hall

Couldn't agree more with the above comments. I still think 8/13/75 is the gold standard for Slipknot in terms of precision, but the Slipknots of '76 are spellbinding for their daring and unbridled spirit for musical exploration.