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Friend of the Devil
April 19, 1978
Veterans Memorial Auditorium

This FotD is a beauty. The vocals are sweet, and the solos flow like butter; just amazing.
Sitting on Top of the World
March 24, 1988
Omni Coliseum

This was soundchecked at a show sometime in ‘88; this date may not be accurate. Look for the “GD Home Movies” video on YouTube from LoloYodel
Throwing Stones
Sept. 5, 1989
Hartford Civic Center

Opening for JGB w/ Rob Wasserman. Very good acoustic version with great vocals from Bob.
The Harder They Come
Aug. 29, 1987
French's Camp

This is probably the best one I’ve heard JGB do. Jerry’s vocals are superb, almost 78 like. The jam in the middle is essential.
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
Dec. 6, 1980
Mill Valley Recreation Center

Not played since the Warfield/RCMH run, and it shows a little, but overall it’s still pretty good


Eyes Of The World
Sept. 7, 1973
Nassau Coliseum

Maybe my favorite Eyes jam, at least from this era. They take it places that are seldom heard in other versions. Jerry just goes off, with Phil and Bobby not too far behind. At around 9:02 Billy gets quiet and let’s Jerry one of the most rewarding licks I think he’s ever played. Top 5 version imho, seek this one out
Eyes Of The World
Feb. 23, 1974
Winterland Arena

Very excited for the Dave’s release. They put this one up as a teaser. This is absolutely incredible. Super melodic and flowing Jerry and Keith solos, Phil is going off, Billy and Bobby holding the fort, everything you could want. Small Slipknot! teases here and there in the jam. Great sound quality to boot!
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Aug. 21, 1993
Autzen Stadium - University of Oregon

This may be the best post-Brent era China>Rider(9/20/90 might have a word with me later, we’ll see). Jerry sounds confident on Lightning Bolt, which was debuted here. The acoustic tone suites the songs well, especially on Rider, calling back to the acoustic versions from 1970, and the groove may as well be just as tight. This one is not to be overlooked, give it a listen!
Little Red Rooster
April 10, 1987
UIC Pavilion

The peak on this one is insane!
Nov. 6, 1977
Broome County Arena

In the small vocal jam at the end, like 9/8/73, there are strong hints of I Need A Miracle here. Tons of energy