find the best versions of grateful dead songs
Me and Bobby McGee
April 18, 1971
Lusk Field House - State University Of New York
Confident Soulful Sonically Strong
Don't Ease Me In
April 2, 1973
Crisp and right
May 23, 1972
Not Flashy, Just Exactly Perfect Though
May 3, 1977
This version is incredible. Jerry finds a fluidity and tone that is extra special. Love the AUDs - feels like they are singing to us. Maybe the soundboards will get cleaned up and someone will produce a matrix to better convey this joy and excitement. Way, way underrated even among all the great May 77 versions.
Looks Like Rain
May 13, 1977
Think Bob and Donna were just exactly perfect, or close, here. This show feels very relaxed and I think that helps them find the emotion more naturally. Band was patented blend of May 77 precise and loose at the same time. We are so lucky to have these recordings.
Cold Rain and Snow
Oct. 20, 1974
To my ears, one of the best versions, sweet and passionate, piano strong.
Feb. 21, 1971
Unusually beautiful and restrained - because it's early, I guess - version. Guitar somehow more creative than later versions and more precise than earlier ones. Slow ending is particularly nice - shades of "Beautiful Jam"! Strong.
March 28, 1981
Passionate version, Jerry has it all in hand, living up to the song's potential. Peaking early solo, so much power in the last solo - driving and incisive. On the film you can see he knows he nailed it. Worth it.
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Playin' In The Band
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Eyes Of The World
Looks Like Rain, Henry J. Kaiser Center, Feb. 14, 1986
El Paso, Music Hall, Dec. 2, 1973
Drums -> Space, Capital Centre, March 9, 1992
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