Most cats I talk to prefer later versions, but this is an all-time great in my opinion...
Wharf Rat-Stanley Theatre on 1972-09-28
Dead to the Core
I spent about 4 days searching through my old tapes, casettes and reel to reels, searching for some Looks like Rain I had seen way back when... the one that seemed to last forever...
finally, right before the old board got cut off, I found the one... or was it just ab\nother really grate version? we may never know. all things seemed to go on forever that night.
another reason to bring the old board's content back, hint hint...
I had to look through all my tapes AGAIN because I spaced on the one I found a couple of weeks ago... ( -;
"The highway is for gamblers, you'd better use your sense. Take what you have gathered from coincidence"
Hard to Handle - tie: 4/28/71 and 4/29/71
Eyes of the World - 10/19/74
I Know You Rider - 5/2/70
Bertha - 3/21/94
Good Lovin' - 4/17/71
The Weight - 3/28/90
Sugaree - 5/22/77 (many from that year are a close second)
I tried to think of a best version of Dark Star, but it is such a complex and crazy tune that I think it deserves its own seperate thread...
Do or do not; there is no try.
cosmic charlie 5-2-70
eyes of the world 6-17-91,blow away 3-25-90
I have to concur with the previous post. The NFA from Englishtown is definitely the best all time version! Also the Estimated->Eyes has to be among the best ever pairing of the two. Espesially the Eyes!
"The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."
9/3/77 For years this song never made much of an impression on me. Until this version opened me up to it. Also NFA from this show is definitely #1
It's the reason I am on this site now.
08-23-68 shrine auditorium
when you have a 30 mile drive into houston on 45 south going 70-80mph...this is the song! it is so blistering it's not even funny! it's amazing to hear this band synch up like they've been playing this same version for years. truely one of my favs of dead music! when it's just jerry and the drummers playing always floors me. true musical communication! i remember finding this on a bootleg cd that consisted of cuts off gans' dead hour in the '90's. i think it was called "the jerry garcia memorial". take care!