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Playin' In The Band
April 13, 1971
Catholic Youth Center

Lesh's rather electric bass drives the train. They're still learning the song, but still bring some heat & drama - even without the jam.
Cumberland Blues
Feb. 19, 1971
Capitol Theater

Stompin' matrix and Kreutzmann's debut as a free man!
Not Fade Away
June 23, 1976
Tower Theatre

A fucking great NFA with killer crowd support. Sometimes I love AUDs. & Garcia: looking for trouble. Aluminum Style.
July 22, 1972
Paramount Northwest Theatre

Runs on Kreutzmann adrenaline - set cruise control for serene.
Jan. 24, 1971
Seattle Center Arena

Easily overlooked show - the Truckin' opener is a giant tidal wave red carpet.


Comes A Time
May 23, 1972
Strand Lyceum

Lovely version!
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
May 8, 1977
Barton Hall - Cornell University

Can't we believe this is possibly the best ever S>F and not worship at some kind of shrine? I was at 7/1/1985 - a great show and one of my favorite S>Fs, but no comparison. The drums alone are a huge difference. Lesh's bass lost most of its texture by the early 80s. Just no comparison.
The Other One
May 7, 1972
Bickershaw Festival

From a great Drums into peak band telepathy. Were they ever better than this? And Garcia never gets his due full, faith, & credit for being one the great Strat players of all time.
Here Comes Sunshine
Feb. 23, 1974
Winterland Arena

Spending quality time with this rendition for the first time, really. Muscular. In total, absolute command throughout. Swiss Watchish. Switch Washish. You know what I'm attempting to say. Top El Sleevo! Grooves for weeks.
Estimated Prophet
July 1, 1978
Arrowhead Stadium

Nothing amiss here. Garcia pushes out in the outro. And that always sounds fucking kick-ass.