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  • December 6, 2018 - 6:14pm
    Dazzafari
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    Just for today...

    Cow Palace New Years Eve 1976. Simply because I just listened to it! No doubt, tomorrow will bring a new favourite 😎

  • November 1, 2018 - 6:47am
    willieaames
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    In the end - Linkin Park

    In the end - Linkin Park

  • November 1, 2018 - 1:22am
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    My personal favorite is the peformance of "Black Peter", Northern Illinois University, 1977.
    I am from europe, and was studying at the university from 1976-1979. I didnt know the dead before that show, but i have loved them ever since. Love from Denmark.

    Best regards
    Søren Jespersen
    Writer at https://bedste-blackfriday-tilbud.dk/

  • September 13, 2018 - 9:48pm
    mkav
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    Mr Charlie
    Hollywood Bowl? 1971. pure funk. I barely even recognized it the first time I heard it. I really like "traditional" Mr C...but this one is tops...IMO, of course. Your mileage may vary
  • September 13, 2018 - 1:02pm
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    China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider 06/22/74
    First night of two at the Jai-Alai Fronton in Miami. This is without a doubt my favorite China/Rider of all. The jam out of China Cat is second to none in my opinion. It is a complete work of art filled with masterful playing by all, with with one peak after another, a continuously building crescendo that literally explodes into Rider. The first time I heard it, it nearly blew my mind and still has an incredible effect on me to this day.
  • May 22, 2018 - 2:23pm
    Joe Cavanaugh
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    Morning Dew 12 30 1987
    This one will give you goose bumps.
  • May 22, 2018 - 2:09pm
    Dov
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    Best versions
    best is subjective, but these versions are my favorites and they are all from 2/18/1971, last show with Mickey for several years ... *Bertha *Loser Hard to Handle *Wharf Rat (with Beautiful Jam!) Me and My Uncle Me and Bobby McGee Big Boss Man Candyman Uncle John's Band * - first time ever played Bertha is very cool because it has this little coda at the end of the song, and this version is the only time it was ever played. My 3rd show, and the first time I was ever psychedelic at a show. New Riders opened the show with a great set. One of the best nights Jerry ever had, imho. You can't go wrong with this show.
  • May 17, 2018 - 3:13am
    mona
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    Playin to UJB
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  • April 21, 2018 - 2:07pm
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    China Cat > Rider: Carrier Dome 10/22/83 2nd set
    This is just an incredible jam. I'm a jazz guitar player and compose classical music, and I'd like to think I appreciate compositional structure and improvisation, and the solo Jerry rips is just stunning. Phrasing is confident, well articulated, magical. I first heard that solo when I was 15, it plays in my head note for note when I think of it because its that coherent and memorable. And the energy of the set...wow. When I first heard that, it was clear to me that Jerry and Bach were on the same level to me.
  • March 30, 2017 - 2:28pm
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    Jerry's 1981Tone
    Looking into 1981 shows, since I like the way Jerry's tone cuts through, especially for the fast tempo barnburner/bluegrass stomps.So far, he kills 3X in May '81 alone with Big River, some great promised lands, a nice cumberland, and china riders. Check it out. So good I had to write them down to come back to: Big River 5-1,5-12,5-16,8-28 Promised Land 5-1,7-5,12-5 Cumberland blues 12-5 China/Rider 3-9,5-12,8-28
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So, what are your all-time greats?
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I have to say that my personal favorite Uncle John's Band was also my first, 5/21/82. To this day I sing Jerry's opening solo to myself. It's a really lovely version.
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I'll have to look that one up! Being that UJB is a personal favorite song of mine........
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Best ever Iko is 3-18-95 philly spectrum. The best ever So Many Roads is 7-9-95. If anyone can steer me in a different direction please do so, as I am alwys looking. TomBanjo
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little red rooster- 11/11/85 built to last-10/16/89 i need a miracle-12/31/78 cold rain and snow-7/4/89 row jimmy-7/4/89
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The Dark Star jam on Steppin' Out is pretty good I am biased as i was there The one Dark Star i wish i had seen live is 26th October 89 in Miami this is a MONSTER Bob W Spanish Jam
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Disc two of Dicks Picks 16 Bob W Spanish Jam
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An under rated song from a great show is the Sugar Magnolia from 7/13/84. That was a real Bobby show and his guitar work on the Sugar Magnolia and his use of the whammy bar is outstanding. Other fav's are: Bertha from 8/05/71 Hollywood Palladium when somebody knocks the mike out, so the intro is like 3-4 minutes long. Also from next day 8/06/71 comes my favorite St. Stephen so slow and under control, but totally powerful. Great version...and the show closing Lovelight.
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5-11-72 just shreds
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cream puff war - 3/18/67brokedown - 12/7/71 comes a time - 12/4/71 looks like rain - 7/16/72 bird song - 8/27/72 china>rider - 9/9/72 they love each other - 12/6/73 eyes of the world - 6/20/74 dire wolf - 9/10/74 help>slip>franklins - 6/14/76 stella blue - 7/18/76 morning dew - 4/27/77 _______________ insert obligatory signature here
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Most songs changed so much from when they were written over the years that it's hard to come up with a Best Ever. One performance of a particular song, however, is so head and shoulders above any other version as to obviously deserve this distinction: the Greatest Story Ever Told from the Venetta Oregon show, 8-27-72. Can anybody think of a GSET that even comes close? Neither can I.
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Had a live 80's tape of Robert Hunter rapping Fire. I don't think it was Mickey...hmmmm. Can anyone put a finger on where I might find this tune again?
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Well, for me the ultimate Dark Star is 11/11/73. The DEA should really look into scheduling this version of DS:)The Music Never Stopped from 5/9/77 is funky fun. I love this version! Bird Song from 12/31/90 with Branford is sublime. So Many Roads 7/9/95 never ceases to choke me up. Jerry's take on Positively 4th Street from the Garcia Plays Dylan album is brilliant. Jerry re-imagines one of the great put down songs as a heartfelt lament for lost love and friendship. Where Dylan was angry and mocking, Jerry is sad, wistful, and introspective. This take on the Dylan classic blew me away. Yo Soy Boricua!
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China>Rider: 5/26/73, even though it's cut.Dark Star: 2/13/70 Help>Slip>Frank: 5/9/77 Bird Song: 8/27/72 Viola 5/2/70 I would love to see running votes of favorite song versions from members as well as favorite shows of each year.
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the last china doll - 10/11/94. (maybe just because i was there on the floor, 'bout ten rows back).
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the wheel > round N round > Jonny B good with hornsby in the hot seat i can still see bruce tearing it up as he stands up and kicks his seat from beneath him.... rockin times
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Ever hear the 3/27/87 Touch? I was at the show in Hartford. For whatever reason the band and crowd really clicked on that one. I was on the floor about 10 rows back and the roar was magnificent.
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If you get a chance check out the 12/26/79 UJB. The solo is amongs of the most emotive playing I've heard from Jerry. Ooops, this was meant in reply to the first post on UJB. I thought it would just go to that person.
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Jack Straw -- 01/11/79Scarlet>Fire - 05/17/77 The Eleven - 03/01/69 Wheel - 03/29/90 China>Rider - 11/14/73 BTW - 11/14/73 Casey Jones - 05/13/72 Mr. Charlie - 05/03/72 1/2 Step - 11/06/77 H>S>F - 02/26/77 Touch - 11/10/85 Just to name a few.
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best ever for me was the 2nd set opener at Roosevelt on 8/06/74 included on the recent Dicks Picks.
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Other One - MSG '79 Soooo much energy ! (At least on my Tape) Mission In the Rain - Boston Music Hall 75? Encore : Satisfaction / Brokedown Palace (My FIRST show and in TAPERS SECTION) MSG 3/10/81 Also Shakedown 1982 Philly Spectrum is a favorit of mine...
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China Rider 9-11-731/2 Step 9-11-73 Saturday Night Dead Movie Bird Song 8-27-72, Reckoning Dark Star 12-31-78, DP 2, 11-11-73 Eyes Dead Movie Music Never Stopped DP 18 Peggy-O 12-27-77 Row Jimmy 5-8-77 Comes A Time DP 29 They Love Each Other DP 18 Truckin' 11-06-77 Brokedown Palace Dead Set Black Peter 4-14-78, 9-21-72
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The Wheel from The Fox in Atlanta. 11-30-80 Can't be topped. You must listen to the space into it. Dougles
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There are so manyand they change so often I am always finding a version of "x" song I love more than another. And there is the "live vs version" However Shakedown - 3.30.87 Ripple - 9.3.88 come immedately to mind. Rats, gotta get back to the mine............ Cheers! JG “The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!” - unknown
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Favorite Blow Away (2 actually): Riverfront Coliseum 4/89 - dude got caught up in the moment during the Brent rap and got on stage, had to be escorted off. 10/26/89 - right after Estimated and right before Dark Star, weird placement and an over the top versionFavorite Estimated (2 again): the aforementioned 10/26/89 - some spacey jamming before they open set 2 with it. 9/2/80 - a spiraling solo from Jer that I wish would never end. Favorite Bertha: 12/31/87 - the band comes out firing, great solo "Got a few wrinkles but that's OK, hang out in the breeze and they'll blow away"
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but Brent singing "I Will Take You Home" to his little girl at the Shoreline Father's Day show was a moment I don't think anybody there is likely to forget. Dang, I miss Brent too.
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For starters: Lazy Lightnin'>Supplication 5/15/80 (Go To Nassau) - amazing!!! Playing In the Band 10/19/73 (DP19) - Drops into deep space so quickly - no filler- perfect. It Must have Been the Roses - 4/24/78 (Tapers Section) - great pick Dave Loser - 3/24/90 (Tapers Section) - I was lucky enough to be there.
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Heres my short list:2/27/69 Fillmore West The definitive version 4/8/72 Wembly Empire Pool Amazing!! 8/27/72 Veneta Or. Scary & sublime 9/19/70 Fillmore East Best "Feelin' Groovy" Jam 11/8/70 Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY Into Main Ten>Dancin' The Deads finest hour 9/24/72 Goes into some sort of demented hoe-down & China/Rider 2/13/70 Fillmore East Another definitive version 11/11/73 Winterland Long, strange & definatley a trip 12/6/73 Cleveland Convention Center In tune with the cosmos
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DP 35, disc 1 Hard to Handle cooks...Phil throws down some amazing lines behind PigPen (and a smokin' Cumberland follows)... and check out Medley on DP 12 as Frank Zappa said, Trust me, you'll love it...
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08-23-68 shrine auditoriumwhen you have a 30 mile drive into houston on 45 south going 70-80mph...this is the song! it is so blistering it's not even funny! it's amazing to hear this band synch up like they've been playing this same version for years. truely one of my favs of dead music! when it's just jerry and the drummers playing always floors me. true musical communication! i remember finding this on a bootleg cd that consisted of cuts off gans' dead hour in the '90's. i think it was called "the jerry garcia memorial". take care!
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9-20-90 It's the reason I am on this site now.
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9/3/77 For years this song never made much of an impression on me. Until this version opened me up to it. Also NFA from this show is definitely #1
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I have to concur with the previous post. The NFA from Englishtown is definitely the best all time version! Also the Estimated->Eyes has to be among the best ever pairing of the two. Espesially the Eyes! "The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."
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eyes of the world 6-17-91,blow away 3-25-90
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cosmic charlie 5-2-70
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Hard to Handle - tie: 4/28/71 and 4/29/71Eyes of the World - 10/19/74 I Know You Rider - 5/2/70 Bertha - 3/21/94 Good Lovin' - 4/17/71 The Weight - 3/28/90 Sugaree - 5/22/77 (many from that year are a close second) I tried to think of a best version of Dark Star, but it is such a complex and crazy tune that I think it deserves its own seperate thread... Rick Do or do not; there is no try.
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I spent about 4 days searching through my old tapes, casettes and reel to reels, searching for some Looks like Rain I had seen way back when... the one that seemed to last forever... finally, right before the old board got cut off, I found the one... or was it just ab\nother really grate version? we may never know. all things seemed to go on forever that night. 10/17/84 another reason to bring the old board's content back, hint hint... I had to look through all my tapes AGAIN because I spaced on the one I found a couple of weeks ago... ( -; peace. "The highway is for gamblers, you'd better use your sense. Take what you have gathered from coincidence"
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I love that DS, GrayFolded - especially with the Deal chaser - KILLER!!! "From day to day, just lettin' it ride, You get so far away from how it feels inside, You can't let go, 'cause you're afraid to fall, But the day may come when you can't feel at all."
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Would have to say that the Lake Placid sugaree in '83 is the all-time greatest version of this song.
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I seem to recall that Sugaree - I think 10/17/83 was one of the first tapes I ever got. Sort of a tinny audience tape, like many were in those days.12/28/79 is a great Sugaree, as are several of the loooong versions from 1977. Also there's a show Hornsby did in maybe 96 or 97 in which Weir showed up for Sugaree. That's a good one. Later in the show Phil came out too. "Got a few wrinkles but that's OK, hang out in the breeze and they'll blow away"
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From the recently released Cow Palace NYE 1976--I've had that tape since '77--still holds up after every listen
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Looks Like Rain - 4-2-90Eyes of the World - 10-1-77 Lovelight - 3-29-90 Iko Iko - 2-29-90 Morning Dew - 5-8-77 Jack Straw - 12-29-77 Beautiful Jam 2-18-71 (between Wharf Rat and 2nd part of Dark Star) ok apparently I like 90 and 77 a lot...