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Walking on



He's Gone
Dec. 12, 1972
Winterland Arena

Nice and bouncy, followed by a fadeout with plenty of space between the notes.
Row Jimmy
Feb. 26, 1973
Pershing Municipal Auditorium

Extra-tight version from Dick's Picks 28
Uncle John's Band
Dec. 26, 1969
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU

Clean harmonies over a simple acoustic accompaniment


Me and Bobby McGee
April 13, 1971
Catholic Youth Center

Nice lead and good mix.
Jack Straw
Oct. 31, 1971
Ohio Theatre

This version caught my ear when I was listening to the show for the first time, so it gets my vote.
Brokedown Palace
Oct. 20, 1974
Winterland Arena

The playing is somehow both tight and loose at the same time. The looseness presumably comes from this being the last night of an exhausting five-night run. The tightness might come from the sentiment of the song: “fare thee well, fare thee well, I love you more than words can tell”; this was the last show before they would take a long break, a break that, for all they knew then, could have been permanent.
Sing Me Back Home
May 26, 1972
Strand Lyceum

I've listened to the Veneta version many times and like it, but when I heard this one I realized it was even better.
Cold Rain and Snow
May 24, 1972
Strand Lyceum

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.