China/ Rider 7/17/89 Alpine Valley (I am sure some of the early 70's versions might be better , but so far I have yet to find one
Scarlet/Fire 11/8/77 Barton Hall, Cornell Univ. (amazing)
Dancin' 2/26/77 Swing Auditorium ( Just Cooks)
Shakedown Street 12/5/81 Indianapolis ( Jerry's Lead work just sounds like he is trying to just 'pop' the notes out, scaling fast, circling )
Lost Sailor/ Saint 12/5/81 Indianpolis ( the build-up and release between Sailor and Saint is orgasmic)
Morning Dew 10/12/84 Augusta, Maine( Just Smoking)
Sugaree 10/17/83 Lake Placid ( I loved alot of the late 70's ones, but this is just wicked)
I could go on and on, alot of fun thinking of these, but it is all subjective, ain't it.
I love this thread, makes me want to go out and listen to these picks.
God Bless this Band, and all of us.
Man, it's hard to say what song/show was the best. But I'm quite sure that I like the version of Scarlet > Mountain from Hamilton 3-22-1990 as presented on the So Many Road Box Set very much.
Best show ever.................
There's been many great versions of Terrapin, but I like the one from the 09/13/81 show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley the best. It's the only version I've heard where the band goes through the middle instrumental part, not once (as always), or twice (which is rare), but three times they take you for a ride with the melody, giving Brent the lead for the start of the last go around.
live dead stephen
ddhnm 2 from vault
crazy fingers 1 from vault
ds 2 14 70
black peter bear choice
around and around 12 31 76
morning dew 5 2 70
truckin 4 26 72
looks like rain 3 25 72
music nev stopped 5 22 77
alabama go to nassau
lovelight dp 16
ujb 12 31 76
gset stanley 72
friend of devil dead set
hey pocky way 3/28/90
Iko Iko - 2-27-90
Looks Like Rain - 4-2-90
Eyes of the World - 10-1-77
Lovelight - 3-29-90
Iko Iko - 2-29-90
Morning Dew - 5-8-77
Jack Straw - 12-29-77
Beautiful Jam 2-18-71 (between Wharf Rat and 2nd part of Dark Star)
ok apparently I like 90 and 77 a lot...
From the recently released Cow Palace NYE 1976--I've had that tape since '77--still holds up after every listen
I seem to recall that Sugaree - I think 10/17/83 was one of the first tapes I ever got. Sort of a tinny audience tape, like many were in those days.
12/28/79 is a great Sugaree, as are several of the loooong versions from 1977. Also there's a show Hornsby did in maybe 96 or 97 in which Weir showed up for Sugaree. That's a good one. Later in the show Phil came out too.
"Got a few wrinkles but that's OK, hang out in the breeze and they'll blow away"