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young dog



May 20, 1984

JGB version. One of the best by any Dead related entity. Jerry is hungry.
Let It Rock
Nov. 15, 1990
The Wiltern

One of if not the best I've heard. Jerry rips the paints off the walls.
Samson and Delilah
May 6, 1989
Frost Amphitheatre

Jerry tears it up.
Spanish Jam
April 28, 1985
Frost Amphitheatre

Pops out of a very good Space.
Mississippi Halfstep Uptown Toodeloo
April 28, 1985
Frost Amphitheatre

Not long or jammed to the hilt, but Jerry sounds really good here. Enjoyable version.


Bird Song
Sept. 20, 1993
Madison Square Garden

Bird Song was done two nights later with Dave Murray.
Playin' In The Band
June 6, 1993
Giants Stadium

This should not be languishing with four votes. Playing itself is a total mess with laughably bad Bobby vocals, but the jam is an absolutely gargantuan example of the band at their latter day best. It's scary, engaging, exploratory and totally worth the listen. Can hang with 5/26/93. This is a major leaguer.
Touch of Grey
May 1, 1988
Frost Amphitheatre

Yea, this one is great. Really fired up version.
Cumberland Blues
May 27, 1993
Cal Expo

Don't sleep on this show. Everyone raves about the night before because of the major league "Playing in the Band" jam, but this show is every bit as good with a topsy turvy second set and a strong first set as well.
Wharf Rat
March 28, 1990
Nassau Coliseum

Very strong "Wharf Rat" with a nice long intro and outro.