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Broken Arrow
March 27, 1993
Knickerbocker Arena

A STELLAR show (Casey Jones AND Comes a Time), Phil mimed pulling a bow string and breaking the arrow to call the tune. Perfect version.
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Big Railroad Blues
Sept. 2, 1983
Boise Pavilion - Boise State University

NO WAY is there a more smokin' version of Big RxR. Jerry absolutely WINDS IT the entire version. He's RELENTLESS!!!! Hunter Seamons matrix too!!
17
Looks Like Rain
Sept. 2, 1983
Boise Pavilion - Boise State University

The high point of my fav 1st set ever. Some of the best GD I've EVER heard. Stunning matrix too. X-Factor greatness. Listen to the entire set!!

Comments

Jack Straw
Jan. 11, 1979
Nassau Coliseum

I feel like the train wreck entry on the final chorus should eliminate this one from its current best-ever ranking. It rips for sure, but that moment is soooo important. Sounds like Bobby comes in early and the Jerry has to hit the brakes and he & Donna kinda tumble in after on the vocals.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
Aug. 22, 1993
Autzen Stadium - University of Oregon

This one should be MUCH closer to the top. It's absolutely SCORCHIN. Hard to believe it's 93. The end of Slipknot! absolutely pulsates, and Jerry really gets into the Franklin's. Bouncy, sunshiney GD at its finest.
We Can Run
March 29, 1990
Nassau Coliseum

This shouldn't be up here. It's a mess. Jerry can't even remember how the intro goes, it's fumbling at best. I love these guys, but there are FAR better versions.
The Wheel
Aug. 22, 1993
Autzen Stadium - University of Oregon

This intro is GLORIOUS, by FAR the longest intro out of space I'm aware of. Jerry keeps noodling away, it's floaty and gorgeous. Should be much higher on the list. Some beautiful stuff.
Loser
March 24, 1990
Knickerbocker Arena

This one doesn't belong up here. Clearly a case of an official release getting more votes because of more exposure. It's not very tight, no "sweet Suzie" JEr's solo is grungy but not soaring, it just kinda descends instead of screaming up to the finish. Meh.