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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.


The Other One
Feb. 23, 1971
Capitol Theater

This simply needs more votes! Actually, it doesn't really "need" anything - got it fucking all.
Crazy Fingers
June 9, 1976
Boston Music Hall

Searching version. And they're singing it with some serious focus/energy. Can always do without the little Latinesque tango at the end - always strikes me as a little put on. But a great song and a band learning to inhabit it.
Cold Rain and Snow
June 9, 1976
Boston Music Hall

Love the Cold Rain opener. Open with this, you mean business.
Playin' In The Band
Nov. 18, 1972
Hofheinz Pavilion

From the outside, Lesh: unleashed. And then everything lets loose - g-force intense.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
April 26, 1972

Apex rendition.