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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


Help on the Way
Sept. 28, 1975
Lindley Meadows, Golden Gate Park

I love the small extended Phil solos in the beginning of these early versions of Slipknot. 9/27/76 has one of those too.
Uncle John's Band
Dec. 26, 1979
Oakland Auditorium

Welcome to the bus man! This is a great UJB, especially for it being Brent’s first year with the band. @dsrkstar67’s rec. of 5/19/77 is great. That whole show is something else too, one of the best. 3/18/77, 6/23/74, and 6/17/91 are my favorites, but most are great if not incredible.
New Minglewood Blues
April 25, 1977
Capitol Theater

I don’t have the vinyl release, but from the Archive sources I’ve heard of the Minglewood, the first 15 or so seconds sound eerily close to Cornell. Even Bob’s voice cracks when counting off like on Cornell. Makes those rumors about Cornell never happening seem to maybe have an ounce of truth ;)
Sugar Magnolia
May 5, 1977
New Haven Coliseum

Love the half-time feel of this version. Jerry’s tone is luscious and the solos are something else. Sadly there’s a cut on the Charlie Miller source, but there are soundboard sources that have it patched. Still good stuff tho
Pretty Peggy O
May 25, 1977
The Mosque

This version feels extra beautiful but also extra dark and sinister. Especially in Jerry’s vocals. He sounds like he would actually “destroy all the people in the area-o” when he delivers that line. The solos are beautiful as well. Top notch, good stuff