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Wharf Rat
April 12, 1978
Cameron Indoor Stadium

How the hell is this version not up yet? From a Truckin' that saw Jerry doing a Pete Townsend type windmill followed by a kick ass Around and Around
Mama Tried
Aug. 16, 1969
Yasgur's Farm

Yeah i know the Band and legend thiought they sucked at Woodstock but considering the conditions the preformance is quite herioc
May 5, 1979
Civic Center

Nice 15 plus minute version that rocks but stays focused ,pretty good overall show for the era.
Uncle John's Band
March 19, 1977
Winterland Arena

Gorgous version from start to finish and another piece of 77 that gives the lie to all the Keith and Donna haters.
Terrapin Station
Jan. 11, 1978
Shrine Auditorium

Spectacular version with perfect outro jam just thought to comment on how it should be ranked near the top and am shocked to find it absent.


Playin' In The Band
March 24, 1973
The Spectrum

Thought this nice jazzy 73 piece would be ranked closer to the top.
St. Stephen
May 8, 1977
Barton Hall - Cornell University

Not one of the Barton Hall snob type haters but this wasn't even a good version for a year that wasn't close to the best for the song.
Little Sadie
Feb. 28, 1970
Family Dog at the Great Highway

Both versions you posted will do.I don't do those best years or best run arguments much, 66-78 all has too much that is transcendant, but if I want to feel happy I go right to any late 69 or 70 accoustic set.Oh and there is great stuff after 78 it just isn't as frequent IMO.
I Know You Rider
May 1, 1970
Alfred College

All the 70s accoustic stuff is wonderful the Riders in particular.
He's Gone
Sept. 3, 1977
Raceway Park

Wonderful version from a long ,strange, wonderful day,the outro is simply beautiful.