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Johnny B. Goode
Feb. 27, 1977
Robertson Gym, UC Santa Barbara

Wow!!! This ones a ripper folks. great run and this is a hidden gem.
Cold Rain and Snow
Feb. 12, 1989
Great Western Forum

Awesome show opener at the forum in LA.
It Must Have Been The Roses
June 24, 1976
Tower Theatre

BEST I've ever heard... can't find words.
Big River
June 24, 1976
Tower Theatre

A monster show, always underrated due to poor circulation. I swear the boys are all on mushrooms, and its a best friends birthday.
Box of Rain
June 9, 1973
RFK Stadium

This is a great version.


Stella Blue
Dec. 6, 1973
Public Hall

This one gets me all teary eyed every single time. Not a superfluous note played by anyone, every single note, beat and space in between is dripping with soulful emotion, this version is like it’s own living spirit. Don’t know how else to explain it. Also striking the way it’s contrasted against the nuclear fission of a dark star before it. Another example of why there’s no other band like the grateful dead: DYNAMICS, dynamics, dynamics. Love you all!!!
Cold Rain and Snow
Oct. 20, 1974
Winterland Arena

This one just rips!!! I love love love the drums on this and the recording is incredible too!!
Cold Rain and Snow
Oct. 12, 1984
Augusta Civic Center

high energy tight groovy and psychedelic version for sure. This has been one of my favorite brent 2nd set for awhile and I guess i never payed enough attention to this first set. And I agree with what Darkstar67 says about the Dusborn. As a sound engineer myself, I can say he makes some more than amazing matrix's. He puts you right in the sweet spot of the venue.
Mississippi Halfstep Uptown Toodeloo
Dec. 31, 1972
Winterland Arena

i think this version hasn't been acknowledged yet. wonder why. starts out pretty slow but gets hotter and hotter till we cross the rio grandio and the jams are beautiful. and after it ends Bobby introduces the song they never played again called electric springtime.
Big River
April 2, 1973
Boston Garden

Great call. Great show all around.