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
“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”
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."
Oh by the way, The dancin' that closed the fist set at cornell 77 is also amazing
Jerry gets into the nitrous jam..
I'm sure there are many more...
But you know this is a hard question
Definetly food for thought
The Scarlet Fire from the Cornell 77 Show. Not only because I was there....
The fire Starts off nice but by the end it is just massive. Like the old days at winterland, the sound seems to be coming from all directions. Very Impressive
Queen Cadet in the house - the date for this was December 17, 1993 at oakland~KRISSY~
This was the second set opener . . .I had some friends who got there real early and had seats in the bleachers on the left side of the floor . . .I have never seen Oakland, save and except for the craziness of a parade or the like, so ON FIRE - the staff at the coliseum could not keep the dancing people out of the aisles . . .i don't know the exact stats as to how long it had been since the boys had busted out a help/slip/franklin's but i think it had been quite a while . . . and a very notable crazy fingers - jerry's solo is the sweetest thing these ears have ever heard - GOOSE BUMPS WIDE REMEMBERING THIS GEM . . .anyone else remember it like this??????~KRISSY~
Thanks deadicated. I will check them out.