I don't know if you can call it the best! But IMHO it's one of the best versions of Stella Blue I've heard. It was also released on disc 3 of So Many Roads Box Set. You also asked for a pre-Brent Stella....here you go:
Stella Blue~Lexington, Kentucky 4/28/78 Track 3
Which this show is not available on Archives.
Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!
Puppethead: you will like this Grateful Dead show from 9/10/91 at Madison Square Garden:
Shakedown Street-> CC Rider-> It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, Black Throated Wind, High Time, Cassidy, Deal
Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Estimated Prophet-> Dark Star-> Drums-> Jam-> Dark Star-> Jam-> I Need A Miracle-> Standing On the Moon-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue
1972. Try to make some time at least to listen to the last disc of Steppin' Out.
And many thanks to Bob for all that mind-blowing music he sent via Dead.net our way.
" Where does the time go? "
Hello... I am new to this thread / chat thing so... here it goes... I am searching for the GREATEST GRATEFUL DEAD MSG SHOW OF ALL TIME ! PLEASE HELP ME ! I haven't looked at the Dick's Picks Catalog yet... I'm sure there's one or two in there... but if anybody out there knows of a TRUE ( heavily traded as a bootleg analog tape... and not released officially ) MSG BOOT / SHOW that should be considered... PLEASE POST w/ date... set-list... Even if you think it's a Dick's Picks MSG Show... PLEASE POST... Thanks...
So Many Roads-7/9/95
Standing on the Moon-12/10/93**w/Branford**
Believe it or Not-Ontario,CA-92?
It's hard to nail down THE best of any tune, right? But, I like the 1-15-78 Terrapin>Playin': Jerry taps into some serious alien tone in this one. I understand the AUD is all that's available. Check out the 1/26-2/1/09 installment of the Taper's Section for this. Also, the Comes a Time from Buffalo 5-9-77 is a real mood piece.
RE: "High Time - 1981-05-06, anyone else know of a High Time with a guitar solo??????"
Exceedingly rare, but yes ~ Richmond 11-01-85, check out Dick's 21. A beauty.
And followed by He's Gone! (and much, much more, two more Jerry ballads alone still await)
I'll have to look for 5-06-81. Excellent harmonies by Bob on the Go to Nassau version a year earlier 516-80.
The hottest Cold Rain I ever saw ~ one sorely underrated, as is the 10-song first set it's in the middle of ~ was 3-19-86, first night Hampton. Jerry's tease a moment before the song crashes in only makes it sweeter, and it's the only one I ever saw (or post-70s version I've ever heard) where Jerry goes double-duty on the high note on one of the choruses (this a-Way-ay-ay-AY-ay-ay-AY....) as on versions of old.
As for those old super-fast versions, 5-31-69 is hard to beat. Must've been the last stretch of that arrangement (they'd switched it over by the end of the year). The Monterey one's great, too, except someone's blowing a flute or something over top of it.
Well, and then there's that Madison Square 10-12-83 one, which my friend Al used to refer to as "the great one."
Listened to the 03/28/93 show from the Knickerbocker in Albany on Sirius today. Jerry's vocal gave me goosebumps it was so good, near the end of the song I actually started to tear up a little.
Eyes of the World : 8/6/74 - Dicks Picks 31
Playing in the Band : 8/27/72
Dark Star: 8/27/72 and 10/31/71 - Dicks Picks 2
Help>Slipknot!>Franklins : 10/11/77 - Road Trips Vol 1 # 2
Here Comes Sunshine: 11/21/73
Dancing In the Streets: 5/8/77
Truckin: 7/31/74 Includes Mind Left Body Jam & Spanish Jam = 31min
New Speedway Boogie: Festival Express one not sure of date think in July 70
Cryptical Envelopment & The Other One : 6/7/70
Many More Favs but just a taste of some of the best