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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

Supplication
Sept. 24, 1976
William and Mary College Hall

Firm, yet supple.
Playin' In The Band
Sept. 24, 1976
William and Mary College Hall

The one-off Playin'->Supplication->Playin' is a tasty sandwich to jam. While the versions taken individually are not definitive, it's the collective suite that sparkles. The segues in and out of Supplication exemplify the musical masterly that we've come to expect and love from this band (yet it still blows our minds every time). Just like the Here Comes Sunshine->China->Rider of 2/9/73, this combo is a unique, one time only occurrence that we can only wish they'd explored further.
Promised Land
Sept. 24, 1976
William and Mary College Hall

All too often a 'warm-up' number that's phoned in. Not tonight, though...
Eyes Of The World
Feb. 9, 1973
Roscoe Maples Pavilion - Stanford University

The coda (E-flat minor, 7/8 time signature) we've come to know and love from the '73-'74 period is not discernible here, freeing this jam to be a boundless thing all its own. The emotive rhythm chords Bobby plays during Jerry's two guitar breaks were never to be played that way again, making this version all the more unique. This debut Eyes is great, no doubt, but it would flower to even great heights over the course of the year, notably 9/7 & 10/29!
The Wheel
Oct. 10, 1976
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

^Agreed. I also believe if more folks gave this night the same amount of attention as the 9th, they might find it to be epic as well! I, for one, do.