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The Other One
July 12, 1969
NY State Pavilion, Flushing Meadow Park

Groooovy summer of '69 version
Cosmic Charlie
March 21, 1970
Capitol Theater

Cool version from rowdy show.
Black Peter
March 21, 1970
Capitol Theater

Knock out acoustic version from a great show.
Cumberland Blues
Dec. 4, 1969
Fillmore West

This whole show needs more love, and this version definitely does.
Dire Wolf
Dec. 4, 1969
Fillmore West

Nice version; great show.


Dark Star
June 24, 1970
Capitol Theatre

I've always wondered what the Dead thought of this show. Here's a quote from a lucky bastard who was there: "Exactly one week after the concert, on my way home to Edmonton, Canada, my pal Dave and I stopped in Winnipeg (and later Calgary) to catch the Dead, The Band, Janis and others on the Festival Express tour. Walking through the crowd with a joint we stumbled into Jerry who joined us and a few others for a smoke. I mentioned that we had been at the Capitol Theater concert and that they were terrific. He gave me a huge smile and said something like (its been 43 years) ''that was a magical night, wasn't it?'' Damn right."
Not Fade Away
Sept. 20, 1970
Fillmore East

The 1970 versions just crackle with energy and creativity. Not that it's a competition, but I can't understand why Englishtown is considered the definitive version compared to 6/24/1970 or 9/19/70.
Bird Song
Feb. 17, 1973
St. Paul Auditorium

Boy was I slow to recognize the '73 Bird Songs. They are amazing, this one included.
High Time
Nov. 8, 1969
Fillmore West

Passionate and beautiful.
Here Comes Sunshine
June 22, 1973
Pacific Coliseum

Just listened to this for the first time. Blown away. This has to be in the top 2-3 versions ever.