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Big River
Sept. 28, 1975
Lindley Meadows, Golden Gate Park

An explosive reading of the tune. Maybe Billy had an inkling beforehand and just wanted to be sure ya'll knew it was still a cowboy number.
11
Promised Land
Dec. 29, 1977
Winterland Arena

A very nice 'lush' version nominated in the ongoing attempt to evaluate all of Dick's picks.
9
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
May 16, 1980
Nassau Coliseum

Gotten good mileage outta this one the last few months.
7
The Other One
June 26, 1974
Providence Civic Center

Proud and upstanding part of a great sequence. Phil is at the top of his game in one of his greatest of bass-playing years.
9
The Other One
Nov. 23, 1973
County Coliseum

This is most notable, I'd say, for the absolutely nuclear bomb that Phil drops during the 'Space' portion. Play it loud on a big rig!

Comments

Dark Star
March 28, 1973
Civic Center

Not unlike how some wines need a good decanting to breathe and bloom, I find this 'Star gets better with each new listen. And, while not always the case, the official release seems to sound best.
Big River
March 28, 1973
Civic Center

Just gave it another listen, focusing largely on Phil and, boy, he even pulls off some Paul Chambers-like hard bop stuff on this one.
Estimated Prophet
May 9, 1977
War Memorial

I love me my early Estimateds and this sure is a good one.
The Other One
May 9, 1977
War Memorial

Rewards a good listen.
Not Fade Away
May 9, 1977
War Memorial

Now darn, if this one isn't sittin' a little low on the list.