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Cryptical Envelopment
Oct. 13, 1968
Avalon Ballroom

From a painful whisper to pure lightening, an enveloping force of nature
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Oct. 13, 1968
Avalon Ballroom

Dark, moody, and soulful. A searing guitar solo, a purely haunted version. An evocation of the deep unharnessed power that controls the fatal cycle.
Turn On Your Love Light
Dec. 2, 1971
Boston Music Hall

Pulsing and free. Bill sounds like he has triple the arms. Pig sweats some blues, Garcia liquifies. Lock yourself in, strap up, and don't look back.
Dancin' in the Streets
June 3, 1976
Paramount Theatre

Churns, plays itself out, factor playing. Energetic, smooth as smooth.
Cryptical Envelopment
Dec. 29, 1968
Gulfstream Park Race Track

Peaks and melts in all kinds of directions


Dark Star
July 25, 1974
International Amphitheater

Drips with jazzy interludes and nautical submarine excursions, including, a moment where Garcia lands on a Slipknot phrase. Doesn't lose itself, and descends into a Stella Blue that shatters, an exploration here, really.
Rosalie McFall
Sept. 20, 1970
Fillmore East

Carrion_Crow-- 100% with you on this show and year. There is something righteously authentic about these acoustic sets. The eclectic essence of the band I believe hit a pinnacle in terms of psychedelic infused americana. To me 1970 is the realest year for the group. All the love, hope, and ideas set forth all mixed into a medley of folky acid drenched greatness, such sweet sweet music, this Rosalie and Ripple and To Lay Me Down (with that mysterious piano-- is that Jerry playing?), and also that-- Friend of The Devil, Oh fucking man is that friendly or what! To me that and 9-27-72 are the best of the bunch for that tune. But just a sublime set, one of those that just smacks you in the face with a bucket full of fairy dust and magic mixed with water and acid, a powerful dose suffused right through the roots of your hair. Gotta be considered one of the best acoustics.
Greatest Story Ever Told
March 31, 1973
War Memorial

I did hear the St. Stephen tease Nonoyolker picked up, but perhaps to make sure, somebody else should pitch in and see what they hear.
Turn On Your Love Light
Sept. 19, 1970
Fillmore East

A legendary rap and version, crowd is stuck to the ceiling nuts and the whole band is whirling in a cosmic swirl of telepathy.
Not Fade Away
Sept. 19, 1970
Fillmore East

Group crowd enlightenment, collectively, individually, and spiritually, one of those versions of a song that kicks so much ass that once finished with a listening episode, one nearly, as if automatic, feels the deep twangs of a hidden nostalgia rooted deep in a past time, a powerful groping feeling, the power of this NFA is unbridled and unharnessed. Free with emotion and love; essential listening.