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Big River
June 26, 1974
Providence Civic Center

Outrageous version. Takes a second to get the mix dialed in, but man they blow the roof off. This has to be one of the best Wall of Sound shows.
Mexicali Blues
June 26, 1974
Providence Civic Center

My lord! This mexicali is insane!! If you doubt the power of the cowboy tunes listen to this Wall of Sound beauty!!!
Dark Star
Feb. 23, 1968
Kings Beach Bowl

Dick's Picks 22 anyone?? 68 tone is honestly incredible, and this is a perfect example
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Feb. 14, 1970
Fillmore East

How is this not here?? Dicks picks 4... a classic primal china>rider no doubt.
Promised Land
May 26, 1972
Strand Lyceum

Grate version... listen carefully at the beginning you can hear Jerry yell "put your acid in!"


Cryptical Envelopment
June 24, 1985
River Bend Music Center

Easily one of the worst things I've ever heard in my life. This will haunt your nightmares. Utterly embarrassing.
Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower
May 9, 1977
War Memorial

This version is good, but there are some awkward moments that leave more to be desired. 5/22/77 is the shining, perfect version from 77.
Wharf Rat
Oct. 7, 1977
University of New Mexico

To me, this version suffers from the prodding, almost dance-like drums throughout. I like this song most with the ballad feel, whereas this one is almost like a dance number. It has a great solo, but it's definitely not my favorite. I tend to prefer the earlier ones, in particular 9/9/74 at the Alexandra Palace, which is pristine perfection.
The Music Never Stopped
May 22, 1977
The Sportatorium

Other than 8/13/75, this is the best version of this song. Rippin and just exactly perfect
Wharf Rat
Sept. 11, 1974
Alexandra Palace

This is definitely super underrated, one of the best wharf rats ever. A psychedelic masterpiece