I love the Spring 77 shows -The Estimated on this Dicks Pic is mesmerizing . but my favorite Jerry ballad and solo is the "Comes A Time" from the same show.
I have listened to all of Jerry's ballad solos and there are many great ones but this struck me immediately as probably his best. I wonder why this song doesn't seem to get much discussion from fans. Also there is a beautiful part where Keith comes in with some very nice chord changes.
And the road goes on forever....
Jerry delivers the goods on this version, hard to imagine a more perfect delivery
of this song. The show leading up to it is not shabby, but it just seems like the
entire show led to this version of this song. Still seems that way 15+ years later.
Morning Dew ---> Richmond 11/2/85 This show is often overlooked in favor of the previous night (Dick's Picks vol. 21). But anyway, the Morning Dew coming out of space is absolutely magical. The transistion from Space is haunting, the music is flawless, and Jerry's vocals are powerful. But, what stands out is Phil... he is just thumping right at the climax of the song. Beautiful music.
The entire show ---> Hampton 10/9/89 ("Formally The Warlocks) Why this show hasn't been formally released is beyond me. It is smoking hot... the set list and the playing.
Midnight Hour 10/26/83
Shakedown - Rockin' the Cradle (gotta love the multitrack live recordings)
Some of my fav's
Dark Star 10-30-73 - (11-11-73 is great too... but all the fall '73 DS's are amazing) and then
Dark Star 10-9-89 and 10-16-89 (10-9-89 sends chills down my back with the crowd)
Playin' pick any from the fall of '73 or the spring of '77
High Time - 9-14-82
Lost Sailor 6-15-85 - best version ever
Saturday Night 6-22-85
Iko, Samson, He's Gone, Smokestack & Come's A Time 6-24-85
Stranger & Friend Of The Devil 10-29-85 (but 7-4-84 is great too)
Black Peter & Baby Blue 9-15-87
Crazy Fingers 7-17-88
Scarlet > Fire 9-22-90
Well, I've been reading these posts for the better part of 2 years now, so I guess its about time I added my two cents. Just some current favs
Peggy-O- DP 15
China>Rider- Without a Net, 11-14-73 san diego
Casey Jones- Ladies & Gentlemen
really tough ones:
Scarlet/Fire: 3-28-77 (first ever fire, jerry just scorches, what else is new), 5-17-77 u of alabama, dp 18, 4-24-78 illinois state-bob and jerry dueling hard around 5mins and beyond, unreal.
Dark Star: 2-27-69 winterland, 4-5-69 avalon ballroom, 12-6-73 cleveland, 43 mins followed by eyes...gnarly.
TIFTOO: 2-27-69, 2-15-69, 1-2-70, dp 18 is short but intense
Eyes: 2-15-73 out of dark star, dp 15
brown eyed women- 4-2-73, 6-22-73
Warewolves of London 7-8-78 Red Rocks
Eyes of the World> China Doll from Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky 6/18/1974
It is really difficult for me to pick a favorite version of any of them with such a wide selection to choose from.
Right now it would be St Stephen/Eleven, from the Filmore West '69 disc set I think, but could be wrong.
My favorite Friend of the Devil would have to be the Garcia/Grissom version. So moving after listening to and enjoying the original for so long. It ages very well.
Good to know you got shoes to wear when you find the floor.
How can you beat that? Also 1973 shows from Boston Music Hall. All three shows. The early summer '76 shows from the Beacon Theater, The Capital Theater - Passaic and The Tower Theater in Philly.