Cold Rain and Snow
May 24, 1972
This is the version I return to again and again. I can't get enough of it.
On "Stepping Out," the song is introduced by Sam Cutler with "We've been trying to get here for a long, long time, and we eventually, finally made it. Please welcome the Grateful Dead. The Grateful Dead," suggesting that this song opened their tour. When the Europe 72 box set came out, though, I discovered that Cutler's introduction had actually preceded "Greatest Story Ever Told" at the tour opener on April 7. The producers of "Stepping Out" had transplanted the comment to this version of "Cold Rain and Snow," not doubt thinking that this song would be better to open that CD. I agree.