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I Fought The Law
Sept. 25, 1993
Boston Garden

Encore for Boston.
I Fought The Law
Dec. 8, 1993
Sports Arena

Encore in LA.
Oct. 13, 1990
Ice Stadium

The most intense, focused part of the show.
Sugar Magnolia
Dec. 15, 1972
Long Beach Arena

Slow and lazy - not my favorite tempo for this song.
Sugar Magnolia
Feb. 8, 1986
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center

With this, every version from 1986 is posted.


Estimated Prophet
Sept. 18, 1990
Madison Square Garden

Yup. Give me a Hornsby Estimated over a 70's one every day. The early versions were flat and tepid. The ones you get from 90-91 are bursting with insane energy - the music and the vocals. Some people are just stuck in their position that anything 70's is better and it's a shame that they're missing out on great stuff like this.
Sugar Magnolia
May 9, 1977
War Memorial

Slow, lazy, unfocused. Any version from 1982 - New Years Eve aside - is better than this. Just another example of 1977 bias.
Monkey and the Engineer
Oct. 11, 1980
Warfield Theater

Beautifully played and sung. A crime it hasn't been posted before.
Sugar Magnolia
Aug. 27, 1972
Old Renaissance Faire Grounds

Personally, my favorite Sugar Mags come from 1982. The energy, focus, drive and execution is there in spades. 8-27-72 has several best-ever versions, but that doesn't mean that every version of every song that day is the best ever.
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Aug. 6, 1982
St. Paul Civic Center

I drool over those '82 Sugar Mags. It's insane how intense and focused they are. Oh, yes - the Maxell tape days. God, I loved them. My wife got total revenge on me when she destroyed every Jerry Garcia Band, Legion of Mary and Reconstruction tape I owned. There is still this one version of Breadbox that I have yet been able to replace.