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Lesh Philling



Tennessee Jed
Oct. 30, 1977
Assembly Hall - Indiana University

This just builds up beautifully.
Me and My Uncle
Jan. 10, 1978
Shrine Auditorium

Great energy on this one. It seems Jerry has too pull back a little, he seems so excited. Only downside is Bobby not really growling the last line.
The Weight
March 25, 1993
Dean Smith Center - University of North Carolina

This has to be the best overall version from the Vince years. The boys are tight. Most true to the original The Band version.
The Weight
May 29, 1992
Sam Boyd Silver Bowl

This is the best version that I got to see live during the Vince years. Everyone is totally invested in the song. Great end to a great show.
The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)
June 14, 1987
Ventura County Fairgrounds

Great ending to a great show. Jerry nails the lyrics, Brent leads the song, the crowd is totally into it. What more do you want?


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.