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Oct. 9, 1980
Warfield Theater

One of the craziest, spaciest, and wacky versions you’ll ever hear
Feelin' Groovy Jam
Oct. 17, 1974
Winterland Arena

The final version from an epic China>Rider. Doesn’t get any better
Positively 4th Street
July 10, 1973
The Keystone

One of the best versions of this song that Jerry did. There seems to be 2 guitar players on this track. Anyone have any info on that?
She Belongs To Me
Oct. 16, 1985
The Catalyst

Kevin Tobin just put out a nice video of this Garcia/Kahn show with great audio. I didn’t know they played this one as a duo. Great version!
Little Red Rooster
April 15, 1983
Community War Memorial Auditorium

Surprised this version isn’t on here. Bobby’s vocals and playing are great, and Brent’s verse and solo really make this a top tier version


Jack Straw
May 25, 1977
The Mosque

This one is one of the best from this tour. The only thing I have against this version is for the first half it’s pretty average. It just kinda chugs along. But by the second verse it’s starting to take off. I really enjoy that they jammed this one out more. I still think 5/8/77(I know) is the best ever, this one is up there; some top 10 material
If I Had The World To Give
Nov. 20, 1978
Cleveland Music Hall

It’s sad that they only played this live 3 times. The intro on this one is extra eerie, and Jerry’s vocals are perfect
Dancin' in the Streets
April 22, 1977
The Spectrum

Love when they do Dancin’ sandwiches. This one is no exception. Well played into the first Mojo. Great playing, good stuff. Need to check this whole show out, seems kinda overlooked in the magic that is Spring ‘77
Jack A Roe
Nov. 20, 1978
Cleveland Music Hall

This is one of my favorites. The jams before they segue into the song are fun, and the Jack-a-Roe is kind of unexpected. It’s nicely played, and it’s sadly the only version of ‘78. Good stuff
Positively 4th Street
July 10, 1973
The Keystone

Edit: Just now learned that the “second guitarist” I was hearing was David Grisman on mandolin. Learn something new everyday