best ever for me was the 2nd set opener at Roosevelt on 8/06/74 included on the recent Dicks Picks.
Jack Straw -- 01/11/79
Scarlet>Fire - 05/17/77
The Eleven - 03/01/69
Wheel - 03/29/90
China>Rider - 11/14/73
BTW - 11/14/73
Casey Jones - 05/13/72
Mr. Charlie - 05/03/72
1/2 Step - 11/06/77
H>S>F - 02/26/77
Touch - 11/10/85
Just to name a few.
If you get a chance check out the 12/26/79 UJB. The solo is amongs of the most emotive playing I've heard from Jerry.
Ooops, this was meant in reply to the first post on UJB. I thought it would just go to that person.
Ever hear the 3/27/87 Touch?
I was at the show in Hartford. For whatever reason the band and crowd really clicked on that one. I was on the floor about 10 rows back and the roar was magnificent.
the wheel > round N round > Jonny B good with hornsby in the hot seat i can still see bruce tearing it up as he stands up and kicks his seat from beneath him.... rockin times
the last china doll - 10/11/94.
(maybe just because i was there on the floor, 'bout ten rows back).
China>Rider: 5/26/73, even though it's cut.
Dark Star: 2/13/70
Bird Song: 8/27/72
I would love to see running votes of favorite song versions from members as well as favorite shows of each year.
Well, for me the ultimate Dark Star is 11/11/73. The DEA should really look into scheduling this version of DS:)
The Music Never Stopped from 5/9/77 is funky fun. I love this version!
Bird Song from 12/31/90 with Branford is sublime.
So Many Roads 7/9/95 never ceases to choke me up.
Jerry's take on Positively 4th Street from the Garcia Plays Dylan album is brilliant. Jerry re-imagines one of the great put down songs as a heartfelt lament for lost love and friendship. Where Dylan was angry and mocking, Jerry is sad, wistful, and introspective. This take on the Dylan classic blew me away.
Yo Soy Boricua!
Had a live 80's tape of Robert Hunter rapping Fire. I don't think it was Mickey...hmmmm. Can anyone put a finger on where I might find this tune again?
Most songs changed so much from when they were written over the years that it's hard to come up with a Best Ever. One performance of a particular song, however, is so head and shoulders above any other version as to obviously deserve this distinction: the Greatest Story Ever Told from the Venetta Oregon show, 8-27-72. Can anybody think of a GSET that even comes close?
Neither can I.