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Big River
Oct. 21, 1973
Omaha Civic Auditorium

Blazing version, but I nominated it primarily for its placement within the context of the tasty Playin'->Half-Step->Big River->Playin' sandwich.
June 30, 1973
Universal Amphitheatre

Jerry's pipes never sounded sweeter, and Keith's barrel-house piano chops complements perfectly!
July 17, 1976
Orpheum Theatre

Deserves mention.
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
Bird Song
Dec. 26, 1981
Oakland Auditorium

Whoa! This one somehow slipped through the cracks - A hidden gem for sure!


The Other One
Aug. 22, 1972
Berkeley Community Theatre

Phil leaves his tire tracks all over you back on this whopper. What a week this was in Grateful Dead history!
Feb. 5, 1978
Uni Dome, U of Northern Iowa

Still no comments, eh? This one left everyone speechless I guess! Energetic, yet about as tight as a Truckin' can get for the era. It rocks with a nice, swirling ending jam before drums, and no vocal flubs, to boot! Along with 4/21, this Truckin' is top-shelf for '78.
Not Fade Away
Jan. 22, 1978
McArthur Court, U of Oregon

High octane version (whole second set smokes).
The Other One
Feb. 28, 1973
Salt Palace

Yes, best source available. Phil's "Big Brown" sounds warm, rich, thunderous. Feb '73 = Pure bliss.
Dark Star
Sept. 21, 1972
The Spectrum

^Nice to hear, darkstar67. Yeah, if there is a silver lining to the present shelter-in-place situation many of us are in, it's that it affords many of us more time to listen, love, analyze and discuss the music of the good ol' Grateful Dead! Might as well, might as well...