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."
QUOTE FROM SW FL CHIP -"GrayFolded - 3/18/77 is a great all-around show, don't you think?"
Indeed my friend...A great show indeed...Scarlet>Fire to end a hell of a first set...And the 2nd set combo of Terrapin>Drumz>NFA>Stephen>Around is big time and I love UJB for the encore....I agree Chip,early 77 is in a league of it's own.......And by the way, I love Dire Wolf..Never found a live version that really moved me the way the album version did....
Dead to the Core
Dancin from 5.22.77; - DP 3; Garcia is off the charts outragously good here; although the Dancin from Cornell is no slouch
Peggy-O - 5.5.77; jerry just so smooth vocally and muscially; the notes slink and slide and become one; of course that could describe 1977 in its entirety
“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”
I just love this song - the studio version with pedal steel, the Reckoning version (that's the one in my ipod). This week, I listened to versions from 1/10/70, 5/26/72 and 10/11/77 in the car. The 70 and 72 versions were just OK. 77 was better - sort of loped along. They played it after a long Dancin so maybe they needed a breather.
4/10/78 is a good version (whole show is good, matter of fact). 4/4/85 rocks - Garcia's really into the vocal. 9/20/93, immediately following Race Is On, is full of energy (I have it on an aud tape and the crowd loves it).
GrayFolded - 3/18/77 is a great all-around show, don't you think? I prefer the early 77 shows (from Feb through May) to the fall shows. One of my favorite Terrapins is one Phil and Friends did with members of String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks in 99.
"Folk rock for groovin families!"
Only the 3rd Terrapin ever, but this is with the one time only Alhambra Jam....I just love this ending jam....Does not make sense why the never attempted it live again...
Dead to the Core
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