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1
Promised Land
March 16, 1973
Nassau Coliseum

A charged version that starts off a triple-thread run for this massive second set.
2
Cassidy
May 10, 1978
Veterans' Memorial Coliseum

This deserves to be on the map!
2
Deal
March 15, 1973
Nassau Coliseum

It swings to a funky swagger; Jerry is in top form here. I think it's the best Deal from the spring '73 tour!
3
Deal
Dec. 18, 1973
Curtis Hixon Convention Hall

It struts & swaggers in that honey, country-tinged '73 way that we've come to relish & rely on. From one of the best shows from one of the best years.
10
Easy Wind
May 7, 1970
DuPont Gym - MIT

A version all true heads should love, or at least hear once.

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.