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!
DP 35, disc 1
Hard to Handle cooks...Phil throws down some amazing lines behind PigPen (and a smokin' Cumberland follows)...
and check out Medley on DP 12
as Frank Zappa said, Trust me, you'll love it...
Heres my short list:
2/27/69 Fillmore West The definitive version
4/8/72 Wembly Empire Pool Amazing!!
8/27/72 Veneta Or. Scary & sublime
9/19/70 Fillmore East Best "Feelin' Groovy" Jam
11/8/70 Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY Into Main Ten>Dancin' The Deads finest hour
9/24/72 Goes into some sort of demented hoe-down & China/Rider
2/13/70 Fillmore East Another definitive version
11/11/73 Winterland Long, strange & definatley a trip
12/6/73 Cleveland Convention Center In tune with the cosmos
Dark Star. Go directly to 2-28-69.