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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


Here Comes Sunshine
Feb. 23, 1974
Winterland Arena

Real standout from the new Dave’s Picks. Jerry is shimmering, great Bob and Phil interplay/synchronization in the jam. Last version until the 90s, went out with a bang!
Brokedown Palace
May 1, 1977
The Palladium

Beautiful solo, one of Jerry’s best on this song. Hard to believe this is an almost 3 year bust-out, it’s played to perfection!
Eyes Of The World
Oct. 14, 1983
Hartford Civic Center

The new Seamons matrix really brings this version to life. A total group effort, but Jerry & Brent are extra present on this version. Edges out 9/2/83 for me, another top version from this year
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!