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Cream Puff War
July 17, 1966
Fillmore Auditorium

A rip-snortin' wild ride. Not as stretched out as the day before, but still an explosive starting pistol at the earliest days of the Dead.
High Heeled Sneakers
June 1, 1966
Owsley's House (rehearsal)?

Rare and obscure, on the Archive at gd1966-06-01.136642.watts.sbd.mr.dat48k.sirmick.flac16
I Know You Rider
March 12, 1966
Danish Center

Still in its infancy, but listen to Jerry swarming all over it like ten thousand honey bees. Lightning fast, almost a "let's do this for 50 years".
Who Do You Love
March 9, 1966
Owsley's House (rehearsal)

Pig is on fire and the band revs to 6000 rpm. Jerry's tone is a shredding crisp fist full of razor blades.
Samson and Delilah
Oct. 15, 1976
Shrine Auditorium

Lickety split drummer precision here and a stylin' strut in the heart of a great 2nd set.


Estimated Prophet
April 22, 1977
The Spectrum

These early versions had the madness in them. Though short, this one conveys 'cracking up' in a heavy way.
April 22, 1977
The Spectrum

Mid-tempo with a bounce and soft-shoe, but doesn't really lift off until the out-chorus. Clean and pristine... the '77 sound starts to really coalesce just about here.
Mississippi Halfstep Uptown Toodeloo
April 22, 1977
The Spectrum

Sarcasm or not, that comment made my day. And unique or not, this MHUT is all about the Rio Grand section.
U.S. Blues (Wave That Flag)
March 20, 1977
Winterland Arena

Perfect party topper. Glyn's right about this one. I always felt that they closed with U.S. Blues when they knew they'd just thrown a good party. Closing out an epic three-show spot at Winterland with this as the double encore means to me that they'd had a great time too.
The Other One
March 20, 1977
Winterland Arena

This one has a great arc to it. They cruise at warp6 for 10 hot minutes before leaving the jaw-grinding peak for a blissful spaceout. It's gripping as they find their way into Stella. Shout out to Keith, who just as they're coming into that peaceful interlude hits on a 4 over 12 vamp that I hadn't heard before, adding to the beauty.