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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!
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!
Eyes Of The World
Oct. 17, 1978
Winterland Arena

This should be on the map. Follow it to find the treasure!
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.


Not Fade Away
Oct. 9, 1976
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Stadium

N.F.A can meander, become repetitious and downright drag for me at times. Not this time. The whole band is fueled, focused and on-point. This one smokes, all twelve minutes.
Scarlet Begonias
Oct. 9, 1976
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Stadium

A musical beast of epic proportions. Both 10/1 & 10/3 are stellar versions, but this one may just have them beat. Pure inspiration from a top five show from the almighty and underrated bicentennial 1976!
Here Comes Sunshine
Feb. 17, 1973
St. Paul Auditorium

Just to reiterate what other have said: This one is about the beautiful and seamless transition! It's a marvel to hear. I can't vote for it (even though it's Feb '73! ) b/c each song taken individually is not a definitive version. It's interesting to note this is the only time this particular combo was played, and we can only speculate how it could have blossomed over the course of the year had they taken the effort to develop it. Just imagine how this combo could've sounded in Nov/Dec of the year. I think it would have been explosive! Can't win for losing...
Mississippi Halfstep Uptown Toodeloo
March 18, 1977
Winterland Arena

^Inspiration, move me brightly! Glad to learn of your heady experiences! What a time it must have been... Welcome aboard 'Fiftyyrhead', we're glad you're here.
Dancin' in the Streets
June 24, 1976
Tower Theatre

Extraordinary underrated funk-fest, folks! The boys really lock into an infectious groove that morphs into an array of descending chromatic scales. This one means business, and it beckons more love.