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Nov. 6, 1979
The Spectrum

Strong Phil and great vocals version. Just so tight throughout. Triumphant version as the pre-end-jam-era versions go.
June 24, 1984
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

The band builds it up beautifully to the "Won't you tell everyone you meet" verse.
Row Jimmy
April 27, 1984
Providence Civic Center

The forgotten Providence show. Beautiful.
One More Saturday Night
Sept. 12, 1981
Greek Theater

Super tight and extremely rocking.
Not Fade Away
Sept. 12, 1981
Greek Theater

Love this one. Extended intro with heavy jamming throughout.


Wharf Rat
June 20, 1983
Merriweather Post Pavilion

The lightning strike and power hiccup causes Phil to go and drop a terrifying number of bombs leading into the - I'll get up and fly away section. It's so great.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
Oct. 1, 1976
Market Square Arena

This is the Slipknot! that all other Slipknots! aim to be when they grow up. If in the right mood you will forget that you are even listening to Slipknot, before it triumphantly returns and goes into a great Franklin's. Fall '76 is when they got it going on, heading in to the legendary Spring of '77.
Playin' In The Band
Feb. 22, 1974
Winterland Arena

Wow. The jam is outstanding as '74 Playins have come to be known. This one is a fused Playin' jam and Slipknot. You get to hear Jer's mind working in developing the classic Slipknot runs. Very cool stuff. Trippinessss.
Shakedown Street
April 2, 1989
Civic Arena

Shakedown Street
April 2, 1989
Civic Arena