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Lesh Philling



Jack A Roe
Dec. 28, 1988
Oakland Coliseum Arena

Jerry nails the lyrics, nice interplay with Brent and Jerry, and a great crowd reaction. Seriously fun version.
Wharf Rat
May 6, 1980
Rec Hall, Penn State U

Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 4. There is something about that Hammond Organ that makes this song like a church hymn. Strong version.
Turn On Your Love Light
Aug. 23, 1969
Pelletier Farm

Nucking Futs way to end a show! Pig invites the crowd up to help in the rap on his mic and say whatever they want!
The Eleven
Aug. 23, 1969
Pelletier Farm

Explodes out of a rockin' St. Stephen and carries that energy all the way through to Lovelight. I'm shocked their equipment didn't spontaneously erupt
St. Stephen
Aug. 23, 1969
Pelletier Farm

Fuzzy recording but the energy on this Stephen cannot be denied.


Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
July 31, 1982
Manor Downs

It sounds like everyone just knows Jerry is feeling it this night and give him a perfect cushion to go wherever he wants to go.
Stella Blue
Oct. 12, 1981
Olympia Halle

Logged in just to upvote this song. Caught it on shuffle and holy cow does it kick every ounce of a$$ there is to be had.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
June 14, 1976
Beacon Theatre

I came in just to up vote the Slipknot. Incredible jazzy version like the others have said. Devolves from the standard fare about the 4 minute mark to a slow crawl that you think might actually go into Whart Rat then Phil and the drummers pull it back to an almost TOO tease and then Bobby, almost out of nowhere, adds a little happy strum that pulls everyone out of the space and back into a playful jam that pauses once more before heading into a classic Franklin's transition. Best Skipknot I've ever heard.
Sing Me Back Home
March 24, 1973
The Spectrum

The Wharf Rat tease gives a little special something at the intro and Donna adds a little something extra special before the final jam. I really love this version.
Here Comes Sunshine
March 22, 1973
Utica Memorial Auditorium

Phil doesn't seem like he wants to enter that last verse and then reasserts himself in the post verse jam to extend it a little further to get a little extra special sauce at the end of a great version. Definitely needs more upvotes.