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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 .


Cosmic Charlie
Jan. 25, 1969
Avalon Ballroom

This one really should be up higher ,spectacular version.
Morning Dew
April 13, 1969

Should be higher up standout version from a standout show when the band was really at the height of their powers.
New Potato Caboose
Dec. 7, 1968
Bellarmine College

Great version from a gem of a show in Kentucky
Not Fade Away
Feb. 11, 1970
Fillmore East

Should be much higher up on the list ,one of the better and most eclectic shows of the year .
May 5, 1977
New Haven Coliseum

This may be my favorite along with every other one they played in the May of 77 pretty amazing when you consider they did the song for over 20 years.