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The Other One
Aug. 2, 1969
Family Dog at the Great Highway

intense and wandering version, longest of 1969.
Oct. 19, 1981
Sports Palace

Shakedown Street
May 12, 1981
Veterans' Memorial Coliseum

Hot and spicy funk
Bird Song
May 13, 1981
Civic Center

Incredible Bird Song!!! Very intense jamming from Garcia that builds into an absolute frenzy. Short but very, very sweet!
Let It Grow
May 8, 1981
Nassau Coliseum

A hot one!


Playin' In The Band
April 22, 1977
The Spectrum

Love this one! Some unique jams including a raucous tiger peak. Jerry is particularly inspired.
Playin' In The Band
May 19, 1977
Fox Theatre

Any doubters of what PITB was capable of post-hiatus (and trust me, I used to be one of them) need to hear this immediately. The incredibly jazzy improv and telepathic interplay in this version are just magical. The reprise flows and builds fantastically to a mini tiger climax, riding the main ten theme to perfection. An A+ classic version!
Playin' In The Band
Dec. 29, 1977
Winterland Arena

One of the best versions of the year, very cool jams + a nice little Phil solo at the end.
Playin' In The Band
May 4, 1977
The Palladium

The 6+ minute jam on at the end (after they space out for a while) is awesome and very unique as far as Playin's go. Gets into some serious "type 2" territory, to use a little Phish lingo.
Playin' In The Band
Feb. 26, 1977
Swing Auditorium

The jamming on the first half is especially intense. One of the very best of any year.