This is a fun thread.
Forgive me If I repeat some or mistake a date
Hey Little One 2/25/66
Cream Puff War 11/19/66
He Was A Friend Of Mine 11/19/66
Doin That Rag 1/25/69 (?)
Mountains Of The Moon 3/1/69
Hard To Handle 4/29/71 8/6/71 , also Canada DVD Bonus blanking od name
Casey Jones DP3
Dark Star 11/11/73
Morning Dew DP7
Estimated Prophet►The Other One (of many) 11/4/77
I Need A Miracle 12/31/78
Little Red Rooster 7/14/84
Black Throated Wind 9/10/91
Baby Blue 9/10/91
Stagger Lee 3/24/93
So many more, should I go on?
This song makes me want to boogie all the way to the Milky Way, I think some nights I have.
I don't recall ever hearing a weak version of this one.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Any Dead version of Good morning little schoolgirl off any of their albums......dig that song! :)
"May your dogs be with you"
For me it has to be Dick's Picks 8, disc 2. My first show was December '73 so I never got to see this version of The Dead live. In my opinion this is by far their peak. Pig was still a vibrant part of the band, Jerry's guitar is alive and powerful, and the jams are incredibly tight. I typically play my music in "shuffle" mode, so now The Dead is only chance listen. However, when I sit back by myself with the headphones on, Dick's Pick 8 is most often my choice.
The China Cat/I know you rider on without a net, Ive never heard a version that was so upbeat and powerfull. Also The Dark Star from RFK 6-10-73 is my own personal favorite.
"You know the one thing we need is a left handed monkey wrench....."
I have never been blown away like I was listening to a Scary version of Dark Star in Miami, FLA on 10/26/89....u have to take about 37 minutes, close ur eyes and dream!
stay safe and feel good!
Dark Star- 11/11/73- Winterland- Simply out of this world, takes the listener through so many emotions and modes. Incredible!
Eyes Of The World- 6/18/74 Louisville- My 2nd live tape ever. Still my all time fave for mellowness and good vibes
Uncle John's Band- 4/10/83 Morgantown- It was a pretty average show until this point, then Jerry took over. I still don't know how Jerry can play so many notes in such a short span. Everyone there noticed.
Lazy Lightnin--> Supplication- 2/17/79 Oakland- For the same reasons I like the Morgantown Uncle John's. Jerry rips it up!
Other One- 11/29/80 Gainesville- Brent plays the best jams on this one ever. Super tight!
Shakedown Street- 4/6/82 Spectrum- Jerry and Brent's interplay on the jam is out of this world!
Most probably you were listening to a version from the spring of 1972.
Very possibly April 14th.
I'm still leaving my options open on this one, but I have a few that stand out, probably b/c I've listened to them the most:
-the China Doll off of Reckoning - when they nail that harmony on "just a little nervous" I get chills
-Friend of the Devil off Dead set - even though when i tracked down the original I didn't like Brent's solo as much, it's still one the tightest well played solos I've heard
-Sugaree - 5/5/77 (just heard this one and I'm still in shock)
-Scarlet/Fire - 5/8/77 - call me mainstream
-Mountains of the moon -> dark -> etc - 2/11/69 - this has been one of my favorite jams for awhile, but I'm wrestling with some other recently procured copies from the Fillmore West that may end up winning out. . .
-LL Rain - just heard this ridiculous version on Sirius, they didn't tell me where it's from. Bobby says something like "now for a sad song" at the beginning and Jerry is playing slide on the whole thing . . . I'm hoping someone with a little more experience might know where this came from.
I agree with many comments I've read that it's hard to pick all time favorites. My opinions change from day to day. However, here are 2 all time favorite versions, both for very personal reasons.
My all time favorite version of Iko Iko is fron the Hampton Coliseum March 23, 1987. This was my first ever Dead show which I attended with two friends who had spent the last year introducing me to the music. My 8 year old son was also with us. He loved the song Iko Iko and was very attached to a dog one of my Dead Head buddies owned named Iko. In the parking lot before the show my son kept saying he couldn't wait to here Iko. We were all afraid he would be disappointed. I'll never forget my sense of wonder when during a break between songs in the first set the crowd started clapping out the rhythm to Iko and the band picked up on it and played the song!!! That's when my son and I realized this was not just a rock and roll concert! Can anyone tell me where I could get a good quality recording of this show (preferably with the audience participation)?
My all time favorite version of Looks Like Rain was performed by Bob and Rob Wasserman in Richmond, VA shortly after Jerry's death (I think this was their first show after Jerry passed). Enough said.