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The Other One
Oct. 13, 1972
Small Club in North SF

Previous unheard recording of Phil bombing a small club in SF for around 8 minutes. More than worth a listen!
The Harder They Come
March 1, 1980
Capitol Theatre

Very nice & fast version. Jerry’s solos are like butter
Rubin and Cherise
Nov. 3, 1978
Keystone Palo Alto

Nice funky R&C. Also happens to be the last JGB show w/ Keith & Donna. Love Jer’s vox(especially “I’ve been afraid and I don’t know why I do). Heady!
Bird Song
Jan. 27, 1986
The Ritz

Nice acoustic version with just Jer and John Kahn. Very good jam.
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Jan. 27, 1986
The Ritz

Great version from a rare Garcia/Kahn show. Jer on vocals this time, which is good. From GarciaLive 14


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