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Not Fade Away
April 30, 1977
The Palladium

15 minute version, part of a St. Stephen-> NFA -> Stella Blue -> St. Stephen sandwhich. GD download series vol. 1
Dark Star
June 5, 1969
Fillmore West

Honestly, not the most exploratory or brain melting Dark Star of all time, but you can never go wrong with a version from '69. (30 Days of Dead)
Oct. 13, 1980
Warfield Theater

Nice early 80s version released as part of 30 Days of Dead in Nov. 2010
He's Gone
March 26, 1987
Hartford Civic Center

Energetic late 80's performance. This version really "pops" on tape. Featured on 30 Days of Dead from Nov. 2010
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
March 30, 1980
Capitol Theatre

Underated show.... who says the 80's are weak!


Playin' In The Band
April 21, 1978
Rupp Arena

also, worth noting it is an incredible playin' sequence on the whole. Playin -> Drums -> Stayin' Alive jam -> the most spellbinding stella blue perhaps of all time-> Truckin -> a delicate, soulful playin' jam -> reprise
Stella Blue
April 21, 1978
Rupp Arena

this version is nothing short of SUBLIME
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Nov. 6, 1977
Broome County Arena

this should be rated higher... the space out of scarlet is gorgeous, with a typically awesome segue into fire. an all around excellent quality jam and show
The Music Never Stopped
Nov. 6, 1977
Broome County Arena

great, great version. awesome show
Mexicali Blues
Nov. 6, 1977
Broome County Arena

also great > into Me and My Uncle