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Big River
Oct. 21, 1973
Omaha Civic Auditorium

Blazing version, but I nominated it primarily for its placement within the context of the tasty Playin'->Half-Step->Big River->Playin' sandwich.
June 30, 1973
Universal Amphitheatre

Jerry's pipes never sounded sweeter, and Keith's barrel-house piano chops complements perfectly!
July 17, 1976
Orpheum Theatre

Deserves mention.
Oct. 10, 1976
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

The previous night's version was tasty, but this one is delicious. The nomination for this one is long overdue. The whole show is quintessential '76
Bird Song
Dec. 26, 1981
Oakland Auditorium

Whoa! This one somehow slipped through the cracks - A hidden gem for sure!


Eyes Of The World
Sept. 14, 1974

I share the same sentiments stated above. During the coda, Phil stages a near total takeover. A great Eyes from a great era.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Sept. 10, 1974
Alexandra Palace

Um, a glaring oversight on us Deadheads. This should be ranked way higher....
Death Don't Have No Mercy
April 22, 1969
The Ark

Jerry belts impassioned vocals. The sorrow is graced with beauty.
Mountains of the Moon
April 22, 1969
The Ark

A highlight of a stellar show.
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Aug. 14, 1971
Berkeley Community Theater

I have a couple dozen career spanning GDTRFB's in my collection. Need I add another? Well, after hearing this version, the answer is a resounding yes! Seriously, as the above commenter stated, the last two and a half minutes are 'sublime'.