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Joined: May 4 2009
My all-time favorite version

My all-time favorite version of any song is from 11/14/73. The China-Cat is unlike anything you've ever heard. During the part where they jam into IKYR, the whole mood of the song changes into these other 4 chords and it is the most fantastic piece of music i've ever heard. Jerry's lead makes me want to cry, its so powerful. Perfect addition to any deadhead's collection.

Also, the "Eyes of the World" from this show is also my favorite version. It's perfect.

Joined: Apr 30 2009
Let it Grow 9/8/88

was also outstanding. I was not at the show, but had I friend who was an excellent taper with TOL equipment. Any Let it Grow fan should check out this show. Oh, and BTW, excellent show all-around, too.

Joined: Apr 30 2009
Drums>Space>Other One Hampton 3/23/87

is the track that locked me into the band to this day. I was hoping someone else would mention this performance. Probably their heaviest tracks ever. I had a taper friend in college who recorded this show, and this was the last show of the tour before he had to come back for school, so I heard it two days later, again, and again, and again. So I can say definitively that I became a Head on March 25th 1987, and have absorbed everything since. Thanks DK.

Joined: Apr 8 2009
some ones I like

Shakedown St columbia, MD 6/30/85
Dark Star 3/29/94(my 16th bday, last dark star w 4th show)
Fillmore East run Valentines 1970(probably the BEST alligator>cautions>WBYGN>feedback
Fillmore West 2/8/69(date may be incorrect) another ripping the end jerry says "goodbye from the electronic mice" as the roadies unplug their insts in the middle of feedback..
Crusader Rabbit Stealth band..NYE 01-02...the boys finally get back together..all of phil n friends plus all the dead Not fade away>truckin>playing>drumz>wheel>playing...HOLY CRAP BATMAN!!
Terrapin Station 'offical' reunion show East Troy, WI....'BORN CROSS EYED FIRST TIME SINCE 68!!!!!!!!"...and the 'Terrapin Station' was MIND BLOWING(listen to the synth effects when the 'terrapin' chant begins)
Hampton Col. in VA as the warlocks..dont rem date...killer show
Portland 74 run...killer Weather report suite...
any of several AMAZING terrapin stations from the 91 dual keyboard shows..

"when the going gets weird, the weird turn PRO" -Hunter S Thompson

Joined: Jun 9 2007
Comes A Time Atlanta May 77

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....

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Joined: Aug 11 2008
The Days Between, 3/27/93, Knickerbocker Arena, Albany NY

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.

Joined: Jan 11 2009
Might as well jump in....

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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Best version EVER?