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Little Red Rooster
April 2, 1989
Civic Arena

The Brent-driven portion of the jam is downright smoldering. The rest of the band can't resist getting in on the action.
Dancin' in the Streets
Nov. 2, 1969
Family Dog at the Great Highway

A lost masterpiece, now restored on the new Dave's Picks! The once-missing jam is a face-stealer.
Not Fade Away
Dec. 17, 1992
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

A searing hot jam with lots of Phil and aggressive work from Weir. Underrated.
Hurts Me Too
Aug. 24, 1971
Auditorium Theatre

An uncommonly spirited organ solo from Pigpen augmented by searing leads from Jerry make this one stand out.
Let It Grow
Oct. 26, 1980
Radio City Music Hall

What this one lacks in deep exploration, it more than makes up for in exceptionally tight playing and strong vocals. A top-shelf performance from all.


Good Lovin'
May 23, 1972
Strand Lyceum

The mellow jazz jam stays propulsive thanks to Kreutzmann. The lack of a Pigpen rap doesn't bother me one bit.
Me and My Uncle
Feb. 4, 1970
Family Dog at the Great Highway

A definitive full-band reading. Tight, intentional vocals, fluid guitar interplay, spirited accompaniment from Pigpen on organ ... what more could you want?
The Eleven
Feb. 28, 1969
Fillmore West

I love the way this version slowly drifts into darker space before giving way to a sublime DDNHM
The Other One
Sept. 3, 1972
Folsom Field, University of Colorado

This version is so good that the perfunctory (for the era!) He's Gone attached to the front is elevated by proxy.
Drums -> Space
July 4, 1989
Rich Stadium

Drums is inspired thoughout and Space has some interesting, jazzy changes before it starts meandering toward IWTYH.