My favorite Scarlet>Fire is from 3/22/90 at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.
Oh….indeed….you are right on with that one! What a great show. I totally forgot about it until you brought it up. I’ve always been puzzled as to why 1980 gets swept under the rug (even by myself). I mean, let’s not forget the magical acoustic shows that were performed. Nothing like that was ever done before (well, maybe not since The Warlocks, or studio material) or after that. And so much of that year was just fantastic. Thanks for reminding me.
Morning Dew - 4/28/71 Fillmore East
The Wheel-6/18/83 SPAC -I SWEAR TO THIS DAY ,I WAS WITH ROBIN HOOD & FRIAR TUCK GOING THRU SHERWOOD FOREST
Estimated-5/8/80 Glens Falls,N.Y.
Best Scarlet/Fire - 10/21/83 - Worcester Centrum
Best Eyes - 9/3/77 Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ
Best Jam of all time - Jam before Goin' Down The Road - 4/29/71 - Last Night at Fillmore East
I don't know why tis doesn't get mentioned more often. Maybe it was my state of mind the first time I heard it, but the China/Rider from Miami Jai Lai in June of 1974 is without equal. In the jam out of China Jerry keeps taking the band to higher and higher peaks with relentless speed and abandon culminating in an incredible creshendo that races into a furious equally fast paced Rider. Check it out!
The version of China Cat/I Know You Rider from Without a Net. Ive heard other really good versions but none with near as much energy
"You know the one thing we need is a left handed monkey wrench....."
it would have to be "scarlet begonias" from the orpheum theatre in SF 7/18/76 ...
i taped that show off the KSAN FM b'cast and listened to the cassettes incessantly for many many years ... in fact one summers night in '78 or was it '77, in the front yard on 47th & judah, in SF, i shared this tape with our new neighbors (just moved to SF from LA) who had never heard the dead ... they were instantly converted ...
i still think it's the best version ever ...
Jack Straw 8-27-83 Seattle - Phil drops some serious bombs, would like to hear a SDB
Wharf Rat 4-12-78 Durham NC - absolutely amazing
Morning Dew 6-14-85 Greek - Probably not the best, but was on my first bootleg and love it.
Dear Mr. Fantasy 4-14-85 Irvine CA - Comes out of space and a great version
Music Never Stopped 6-28-85 Hershey PA - Opens set 2 with a great jam.
Good Lovin'...Madison Square Garden (9/21/82).
Turn On Your Lovelight...Nassau Coliseum (3/29/90). Thank you Branford Marsalis.
Franklin's Tower...Hampton (4/9/83). Brent got quite funky with the opening.
Midnight Hour...Oakland Coliseum (12/31/85) "So everyone here...is wishing you all out there...a very Happy New Year......From us to Youuuuuu."
I Need A Miracle > Bertha...Madison Square Garden (10/11/83). "One of Jerry's speakers just barked its little heart out."
Just my choices...for what THAT is worth...lol.
3/18/77 - a unique show - I've had a single cassette of it and always look forward to listening to it. I dig all the songs on Workingman's, but I think the three that are absolute diamonds are UJB, High Time and Dire Wolf. Each of the others has availed itself to opening either in a vocally nuanced or an extended jamming context when played live. I realize UJB has the D minor vamp that can go a lot of places live, but the vocals on the studio version are absolutely beautiful! Oigame!
"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."