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Morning Dew
Aug. 30, 1969
Family Dog at the Great Highway

Gorgeously haunting.
1
Doin' That Rag
Aug. 30, 1969
Family Dog at the Great Highway

So thoughtful. It's got that haunting swagger.
1
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
May 24, 1970
Hollywood Music Festival

The amp tubes are glowing white-hot and the Boys are not letting up. Face-meltingly hot.
1
Good Lovin'
Jan. 18, 1970
Springer's Inn

Absolutely smokin'... Jerry is all over it with that aggressive buzzsaw tone
1
Cold Rain and Snow
Jan. 18, 1970
Springer's Inn

Beautiful version to open a mind-roasting show.

Comments

Dark Star
Sept. 2, 1968
Betty Nelson's Organic Raspberry Farm

Gotta love a stunningly heady entrance after the introduction. The Boys mean business on this one.
Doin' That Rag
Sept. 29, 1969
Cafe au Go-Go

A mind-melting DTR in its own right.
Viola Lee Blues
May 19, 1966
Avalon Ballroom

2nd documented version. Such a mystical groove right before the last verse. They absolutely nail the timing coming back into the bridge. The rhythm section is as steady and heavy as a billion-ton freight train. Notably less off the rails and more groovy than later versions.
Hard to Handle
April 18, 1971
Lusk Field House - State University Of New York

Masterful psych-funk jamming by Jerry and the boys. Scorching white-hot licks all over! Epic transition back into the verse at the end. Favorite version.
I Second That Emotion
April 18, 1971
Lusk Field House - State University Of New York

Sweet version. Only played in PA, NY, and MA during April 1971.