5/19/66 Midnight Hour
and from the ticket stub collection:
10/27/79 Dancin > Franklin's
4/1/80 Promised Land (on different instruments); US Blues (Belushi cart wheels)
6/21/80 Playin' > Brent's Alaska jam
12/26/81 The Eleven jam
12/31/81 Dark Star
6/14/85 Keep on Growin'
10/9/89 Dark Star
Jerry is just wild on this one.
He's Gone - 12-15-72
Wharf Rat - 12-31-78
Takes all you got just to stay on the beat . . .
Hard to Handle - 8-6-71 [on Fallout from the Phil Zone]
Mason's Children - 12-28-69
Dancin' in the Streets (early arrangement) - 5-6-70 [Dark Star feel]
Dancin' in the Streets (late arrangement) - 5-8-77 [endlessly inventive variations by Garcia - bonus track on Terrapin Station reissue]
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad - 5-19-74 [32? bar solo - Jerry just keeps going, better and better; of course the whole jam is great including Tico Tico]
Foolish Heart - 5-25-95 [gave me chills]
So many golden moments . . .
My money is on 12.1.71 Boston Music Hall. It blistered.
When I was in college, I had a handful of precious tapes. One had a fantastic version of The Other>Me and My Uncle. The tape was from the early 1970's. What were some of the best? This sounded like the horses were thundering across the plain, into a murderous melee. Any suggestions? The tape's been lost for years.
During the MSG run of 1990. That was something.
6-7-69 Pigpen and Janis Joplin 'Getting It On' so bad you can smell it. Janis fills in the gaps where Pig's rantngs usually turn away those that heard it before. Killer stuff, Jerry's licks are On as well. Check it out if you can find it!
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." (Jimi Hendrix)
For the Looks Like Rain freaks (not sure I'm one but anyways) check out those from the spring of '72 on which Jerry plays pedal steel. I'm not sure he was ever of greater service to that song than w/ those versions. He made that thing cry.
Of course I can unequivocally state the best China-Rider ever......02-22-74.
Ask me again next week and I'll probably say the same thing.