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Joined: Jan 11 2009
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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.

Joined: Jan 31 2009
I love jumping into a two year old thread....

personal faves:

Playin' 7/19/74

Midnight Hour 10/26/83

Drums 4/7/95

Shakedown - Rockin' the Cradle (gotta love the multitrack live recordings)

Joined: Aug 12 2007
Some of my fav's Dark Star

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
Truckin' 9-20-91

Best Tours:
Europe '72
Fall '73
Spring '77
Summer '82
Summer '85
Fall '89
Spring '90

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Joined: Jan 30 2009
Some of my favs

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

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Joined: Jan 12 2009
Best version ever!

Warewolves of London 7-8-78 Red Rocks

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Joined: Jan 25 2009
My opinion

Eyes of the World> China Doll from Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky 6/18/1974

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Joined: Dec 30 2008
Current fave

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.

Joined: Dec 10 2008
Easy Wind from Festival Express

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.

Joined: Jan 2 2009
Truckin' - June 28, 1974

Truckin' - June 28, 1974 (Dick's Picks 12)

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Joined: Jul 2 2007

Am ashamed to admit that have freaking finally dug out a pig/janice Lovelight and am freaking out with joy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry to admit my ignorance so loud and all-but so full of joy have to admit that have found my new fave LOVELIGHT ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now someone will prolly be asking WHICH pig/janice lovelight-like sunshine daydream just did. Suspecting is the 69 one. But not sure.

I don't know
don't really care
let there be songs
to fill the air
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Samuel Clemens


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Best version EVER?