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Cassidy
May 7, 1981
Tomorrow Coast To Coast with Tom Synder

Rounding out the 4-song acoustic set on "the Tomorrow Show". Here's the awesome video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chADQBmosEQ - enjoy it Heads!
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On The Road Again
May 7, 1981
Tomorrow Coast To Coast with Tom Synder

Sweet little number live and in color on the Tomorrow Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chADQBmosEQ
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El Paso
April 22, 1977
The Spectrum

This EP is 'just exactly perfect'. Jerry's curlicue soloing over tight ensemble playing in a dramatic rising arc.
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Me and My Uncle
Oct. 31, 1971
Ohio Theatre

Bobby puts on the snarling spiteful chaw and the band is lightning tight. The banter after is fun too.
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Feedback
Jan. 25, 1969
Avalon Ballroom

Quite beautiful and melodic, surprisingly. Perfectly transitions from the outrageous chaos of Caution into the sweet soothing balm of an AWBYG.

Comments

Wharf Rat
April 25, 1977
Capitol Theater

Gets my vote for best of the year, but I also think it hard to say just where comes back into the Playin' space during the deep jam... They're so far out of the WR structure and into the wild outer spheres before coming back into the recognisable reprise. Not too often that Wharf Rat dips into Dark Star territory, but this is something special.
Playin' In The Band
April 25, 1977
Capitol Theater

Brings the expansive length and transitive madness of the most epic pre-hiatus versions if you take it as part of the whole suite. I don't say 'under-rated' often, but it fits here.
Deep Elem Blues
May 7, 1981
Tomorrow Coast To Coast with Tom Synder

Here it is with great video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chADQBmosEQ. It's quite cool to see this era with a decent/professional camerawork: Nice in-focus closeups of the band, Jerry singing beautifully and his fretwork. A beaut of a version any way you look at it.
Dire Wolf
May 7, 1981
Tomorrow Coast To Coast with Tom Synder

What a rare treat. Sweet video of the performance on the "Tomorrow Show": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chADQBmosEQ.
Estimated Prophet
April 25, 1977
Capitol Theater

Agree with Ernie5 - this is right in the sweet spot for the development of the song. Jerry's coda solo is a wild ride through the scrambled madness of the narrator. Bobby's voice in the C.Miller clean-up (I didn't get the box set!) is smoky and beautiful. For me this song has always been *the* emblem of '77 perfection and here it is on display.