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Wharf Rat
Sept. 4, 1983
Park West Ski Resort

HOT version, outro is a bit fast, in keeping with the entire era. But Jerry's leads are on fire, sounds straight outta 74
Bird Song
Oct. 31, 1990
Wembley Arena

Beautiful version from Bruce's first full run
Days Between
Aug. 27, 1993

Beautiful version from otherwise mixed show.
Black Muddy River
Aug. 18, 1989
Greek Theater

Great version at the Greek.
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Aug. 16, 1987
Town Park

Love the violin, jerry's giving it all on harmony and all in the telluride town park


Here Comes Sunshine
Dec. 6, 1992
Knickerbocker Arena

Great version -- easily the best of the "new" ones.
Playin' In The Band
Sept. 10, 1972
Hollywood Palladium

This is a sick version! What's it doing all the way down here? Give it some updog love!
Jack Straw
May 3, 1972
Olympia Theater

This will forever be the one for me. I can’t be objective about this. I don’t know which one is best, but none are better. Too many memories of spinning the E72 cassette (yes cassette) then CD on road trips, campfires, trips....eagles fill the sky.
The Other One
May 10, 1972

I think this, 5/3 and 5/7 are the best of Europe 72 (apologies to the 4/26 aficionados which I agree is awesome), these three are just better in my book. The jam just before Bobby McGee is wild, not sure i've heard the boys do anything like that anywhere else.
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
May 10, 1972

Pure fire. so many good ones from this tour, but this is a must hear. I agree Jerry just nailed his tone for this show in particular, every song sounds sooooo good. Donna gets her cat on.