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
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.