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.
cream puff war - 3/18/67
brokedown - 12/7/71
comes a time - 12/4/71
looks like rain - 7/16/72
bird song - 8/27/72
china>rider - 9/9/72
they love each other - 12/6/73
eyes of the world - 6/20/74
dire wolf - 9/10/74
help>slip>franklins - 6/14/76
stella blue - 7/18/76
morning dew - 4/27/77
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5-11-72 just shreds
An under rated song from a great show is the Sugar Magnolia from 7/13/84. That was a real Bobby show and his guitar work on the Sugar Magnolia and his use of the whammy bar is outstanding.
Other fav's are:
Bertha from 8/05/71 Hollywood Palladium when somebody knocks the mike out, so the intro is like 3-4 minutes long.
Also from next day 8/06/71 comes my favorite St. Stephen so slow and under control, but totally powerful. Great version...and the show closing Lovelight.
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The Dark Star jam on Steppin' Out is pretty good
I am biased as i was there
The one Dark Star i wish i had seen live is 26th October 89 in Miami
this is a MONSTER
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Other One 2-28-73