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best china cat?

I think the best china cat was 6/16/74, assuming that rider is included

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China cat Sunflower

I have a version of the China Cat Sunflower song I feel is THE DEFINITIVE live version. Please have a listen -- I have attached the link stream below from my private collection.

Here's the catch: I dont know from what live performance it is from, and Ive been looking for over 7 years. People say its from Dicks Picks #4, yet others say it's from Europe '72. I own both of those versions (which are spectacular), and although close, this still bares musical differences. If anyone can help me identify the show this is played from, I would be forever grateful. Thank you so much and enjoy the song.

http://www.vidbusters.com/~gator/Chinacatsunflower.mp3

4:43 is liquid cosmic magic. . .and then it cuts out soon after into the dark and lord only knows what beautiful melodies lay beyond it. . .

-Carl

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does 8-27-72 have the most "best versions"?

I think so

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bird song '73

ok, i heard this Bird Song on sirius. I beleive it said April 19, '73, but i could have read it wrong.

Bobby plays this line with just two alternating notes - its so simple, yet so beautiful. Dead at its best, imho.

Can anyone tell me where this song is from?

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Best SOTM

So that was Clarence! It was just amazing, I was reading a book about Garcia and there was some mention of this show, or something that made me think I might have a copy of this show, anyways... I went searching and it was just so cool when I realized I had a great quality cassette of the very show I was reading about.

Thanks, Wilfred T. and be well for many years.

Harrington

p.s. (no longer black lassie - identity crisis lol)

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Found a Groovy site for Best Versions ...

http://headyversion.com/

love searching through these and listening to all the submissions ...

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9-2-80 China>Rider revisited

Upon scrutiny, it actually sounds like Mr. Bob didn't come in where he was supposed to (that's where Brent's keys come in). I think what may have screwed him up a little is that they didn't all sing together as normal on the first verse. Jerry helps out after the Brent 'break' (where Bob was supposed to come in), and then proceeds immediately after with the correct lyric after helping Bob with his line. Either way, this version scorches! Just sweet. I just love the guitar filigrees Jerry adds which make this version truly unique.

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in general

I think forgetting the lyrics often proved a real godsend for the jamming...

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9-2-80 China>Rider

It's great, especially the I Know You Rider. I really don't think Jerry can remember his lyric (for some reason), so after 1. extending his solo break 2. letting Brent take a break on the keys (which I think was rare at the time) 3. he comes in with Bobby's lyric! It could have been a wreck but ends up being great. Bob harmonizes with him nicely, and Jerry does get to his lyric 'Wish I was a Headlight', after the 'Sun Gonna Shine'. It's really great, superb actually and Jerry's guitar playing after really shines. It one of the top 5 China>Riders for me only because there are an awful lot of examples. Seriously, check it out you might actually get hooked on it. Btw, I'm currently listening to the SirMick version which has a very nice sound.

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it's 12-6-89

Reading the reviews, it was quite important to a lot of folks that were there. It was the Earthquake benefit. 12-6-89 from Oakland. It sounds nice with Clarence Clemons. FWIW, My fave SOTM is 12-28-91.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd89-12-06.sbd.miller.14917.sbeok.shnf

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Best version EVER?