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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!


The Music Never Stopped
Oct. 18, 1978
Winterland Arena

I was ready to submit this one myself if I didn't find it. This an absolutely ripping, face melting peak from Jerry. Damn.
High Time
May 26, 1977
Baltimore Civic Center

on an underrated May 77 show
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
June 7, 1977
Winterland Arena

This is an incredibly energetic, passionate rendition. The segue is also buttery smooth
Not Fade Away
April 3, 1982
The Scope

I couldn't agree more, silverlightV100. THe sleeper picks often represent awesome, unique moments
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
June 26, 1974
Providence Civic Center

During the pre China Cat jam you can hear the members of the band literally fighting musically on stage. After the conclusion of the track titled "Jam (1)" on Dick's Picks, Bob and Phil clearly try to direct the band into the beginning of the song, but Jerry refuses, pushing and pushing everyone into deeper waters with his passionate solos. Eventually the others submit to his will, but FINALLY, around 3:45, Bobby forces them into the song proper. I'm not convinced they would have ever reached it otherwise