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Grateful Dead Aug. 4, 1974
Philadelphia Civic Center Philadelphia, PA | Listen on archive
48Playin' In The Band
Wild, hairy, and at times scary Herbie Hancock-esque jazz in this one. One of the all-time best!!!
4Black Throated Wind
As of this moment my favorite version. Many great versions in '72-'74...time to start digging...funny Phil banter after as well
26Weather Report Suite
Most amazing Let It Grow climax I've ever heard; Jerry and Phil really going to town. Also a wild Billy-driven fusion jam into Wharf Rat.
21Pretty Peggy O
Full of Keith's acoustic piano.
Phil gets this one going, and Jerry knows just what to do with it.
Wow! Best pre-hiatus verison? Jerry has some mindmelting amphetamine leads during the bridge. Just unbelievable stuff!!!
Short but high octane version with Billy and Jerry crushing it...the jam rises to a furious climax!
cool jam > passionately played emotive song > mellow and sweet jam > rockin' tune
2Let It Grow
This one goes deep underwater space jammin'
13Ship of Fools
Sweet and melodic, I love how Jerry sings this one. Just exactacly perfect to my ears.
Slower than usual, but grooves and soars... Thought out, precise, and delicate this Casey is surely a gem
Great Row Jimmy.. followed by America's favorite fun game
8U.S. Blues (Wave That Flag)
1It Must Have Been The Roses
Letter perfect - the Godchauxs take this to a loftier level. Beautiful dynamic push-and-pull by the whole group.
Super fun groove ... surprising it hasn't got any love yet.
2China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
One of the longest jams into rider I've heard. That combined with the overall '74 sound makes it a killer version.
Ok looks yeah it’s another Mex but like this one’s cool!!! Bill’s doing some crazy shit on the highhats whenever Phil starts singing/yelling.
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