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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!


Playin' In The Band
Sept. 9, 1972
Hollywood Palladium

Lives up to the expectation. A smashing read.
Playin' In The Band
Sept. 15, 1972
Boston Music Hall

I can't hardly say enough about this one. Seems to me this version - this show actually - has been somewhat lost in the shuffle in a period where the Dead were breaking ground with each passing show. Don't pas this one up! This Playin' belts with urgency at times, and Jerry in particular plays as if he's got something to prove; just flurry after flurry of downright dirty, nimble licks that hang with the very best of the period (8/27 & 11/18 come to mind). To neglect this one is committing a disservice to yourself (and to the betterment of our musical civilization)!
Bo Diddley
Aug. 22, 1972
Berkeley Community Theatre

Not Fade Away
Aug. 22, 1972
Berkeley Community Theatre

Should be ranked higher. The N.F.A->G.D.T.R.F.B->Hey Bo Diddley->N.F.A. combo is top shelf.
The Other One
Aug. 22, 1972
Berkeley Community Theatre

Phil leaves his tire tracks all over you back on this whopper. What a week this was in Grateful Dead history!