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Keith's Piano



You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man
April 2, 1973
Boston Garden

Donna is hot hot hot


Midnight Hour
April 29, 1971
Fillmore East

This April run at the Fillmore was incredible. Release it all.
Dark Star
June 10, 1973
RFK Stadium

What do you get when you cross June 10th, 1973 and the Dead playing Dark Star? Easy - Phil drinking too many Heinekens and playing bass out of key. Easy big guy - let Captain Trips lead.
April 14, 1972
Tivolis Koncertsal

Yeah, the '72 versions are the best to me. Not sure how all of these post hiatus versions cut ahead in line - must be the guitar solos.
Shakedown Street
Sept. 16, 1978
Sphinx Theatre

Piggybacking on that last comment about Keith. Check out Bertha, opening track on Dick's Picks 20. That is a wicked fast rhythm groove to hold down. Keith was easily the most misunderstood departure in the band. They took away his whole musical canvas and paintbrush when they clogged up the rhythm section with stupid Mickey useless Hart, stopped allowing Keith to play acoustic piano, and stopped playing extended improv jams. Anyone that believes his talent degraded doesn't understand that his role was diminished without his approval. Of course he zoned out on heroin toward the end - who wouldn't! Hands down the best Shakedown. Jams rarely get any Deadier.
Black Throated Wind
Nov. 11, 1973
Winterland Arena

Ha. A few years ago this was number three or four on the list. Weird scenes inside the gold mine.