My personal favorite Dark Star is September 21, 1972. Lasts roughly 37 minutes. It's delicious, if music can be summarized in such a way. It has three distinctly different parts, each with its own climax and beat.
I really like "Lazy River Road" from 3-14-93 at Richfield Colliseum in Richfield, OH
My two all-time favorite Grateful Dead performances.
Comes A Time from 8-19-80, Uptown Theatre, Chicago. Incredibly beautiful.
Loser from Englishtown, NJ 1977 (DP15) Wow.
Thanks for asking!
Not just my favorite version of this song, it's one of my favorite Dead performances period. Jerry's beautiful long lead reminds me of his "Like a Road" solo on Live at Keystone album; both show off his ability to imagine dozens of stunning variations of a song's single melody. And the rest of the boys build a perfect sky for his flights.
Absolutely wonderful "vocal jam" at the end.
"This is but a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago."
Box of Rain
Lyrics by Robert Hunter Music by Phil Lesh
I've had a great time reading people's favorite versions and scouring through my Dead collection or the Achieve to hear what you all have been raving about. Sometimes I'll hear a version I know I've heard before, but I think I'm hearing it with fresh ears. You all have excellent taste!
Anyway, I was recently reading an old piece of early rock journalism written shortly after the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967. The writer (I can't remember his name) was ecstatic about the Dead's performance. It got me thinking: I have very few recordings from '67, and my knowledge of the music is scant. Can anyone point me toward a particularly excellent show or shows from '67? Many thanks!
Oh, a few more of my personal favs:
He was a Friend of Mine from the Fillmore West Bonus Disc
Scarlet>Touch>Fire (Exact date unknown-my tape merely says The Greek 7/84
Yo Soy Boricua!
10-21-1983.....A perfect Wharf Rat...August West....stumblin around drunk on Burgandy Wine.
This night every note they played was on...Its Brents B-day..@ the Centrum...Like fine wine
this is a vintage worth a taste..Maybe they will make a DP? We need 83...
Such a tough question. But one that stands out for me was Rochester 9/2/80. Came out of drumz with an amazing IKO IKO into Morning Dew.
I am so fickle that they change so often. I have best versions in different Dead vintages, etc...and they ALL change.
A couple from the top:
Stella Blue - 8.1.94
UJB - for the modern era - so many but 3.26.88 continues to dominate
Eyes - modern day tie - 6.17.91 and 3.31.91; and so many 74 versions
Terrapin - 2.26.77; 3.27.87
Shakedown - 6.30.85; 3.30.87
Scarlet - LMAO - almost impossible to nail one down but 3.27.88 is right up there; there are so many from 1974 and then there is Cornell and about 15 other 77/78 shows where this song steals the Thunder.
Dark Star - many and often, 10.9.89
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The "Saturday Nights" in the Fall of '71 are pretty much as good as they got. One where Bobby seemed to be feelin' it just a little extra was in St. Louis at the Fox Theatre, 12/10/71. It was the encore that followed a brief pause after already having toasted his vocal chords wailin' with Pig on NFA. Goodnight folks.
"From day to day, just lettin' it ride,
You get so far away from how it feels inside,
You can't let go, 'cause you're afraid to fall,
But the day may come when you can't feel at all."