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Cumberland Blues
Oct. 12, 1983
Madison Square Garden

Shocked this version isn't posted Garcia doesn't want to quit and the vocal harmonies are as good as it gets.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Sept. 26, 1973
War Memorial

It's possible there are 73-74 versions that don't belong on the list but this is defenitly not one of them.
Sept. 26, 1973
War Memorial

Garcia really feeling it and one of the few where he mentions the original "Susie"
Wharf Rat
June 21, 1976
Tower Theater

Very nice with emotive Jerry and Donna not overdoing it sounding almost angelic
Ramble On Rose
March 26, 1973
Baltimore Civic Center

Wolfman Jack himself introed this pretty good version at a decidly under rated show,gotta be some props for that .


Loose Lucy
Feb. 9, 1973
Roscoe Maples Pavilion - Stanford University

Jerry sings it with heart, Donna isn't too overboard and a nice backbeat with a Chuck Berry kind of feel. I don't even think it's close on this one.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
April 29, 1977
The Palladium

29 minutes of bliss from the most underrated run of shows in the year.
Spanish Jam
Jan. 17, 1968
Carousel Ballroom

Hard to believe how intricate and developed this is for an early version, there must have been something special in the water...or whatever that evening.
Born Cross Eyed
Jan. 20, 1968
Eureka Municipal Auditorium

The Clementine that precedes this is just as trippy ,jazzy hot !
Eyes Of The World
July 31, 1974
Dillon Stadium

One of those songs where I'd be hesitant to even list top 5 as there are so many great ones but this is sweet,tight jazzy and has killer Phil bombs to boot!