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Playin' In The Band
April 13, 1971
Catholic Youth Center

Lesh's rather electric bass drives the train. They're still learning the song, but still bring some heat & drama - even without the jam.
Cumberland Blues
Feb. 19, 1971
Capitol Theater

Stompin' matrix and Kreutzmann's debut as a free man!
Not Fade Away
June 23, 1976
Tower Theatre

A fucking great NFA with killer crowd support. Sometimes I love AUDs. & Garcia: looking for trouble. Aluminum Style.
July 22, 1972
Paramount Northwest Theatre

Runs on Kreutzmann adrenaline - set cruise control for serene.
Jan. 24, 1971
Seattle Center Arena

Easily overlooked show - the Truckin' opener is a giant tidal wave red carpet.


May 1, 1981
Hampton Coliseum

A perfect version. Garcia's vocals are superb!
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
April 22, 1977
The Spectrum

Light touch from the drummers - interesting between times Scarlet. Then when things stretch out, the rubber meets the road. Or when the rubber meets the road, things stretch out. And get a little weird. And a spirited Fire.
Mexicali Blues
Nov. 14, 1971
Texas Christian University

A little rough around the edges, but I really like this one. Weir in particular plays like he's plugged directly into the wall. Springy, sharp. Like electricity.
Don't Ease Me In
Nov. 23, 1973
County Coliseum

Rarely listen to this song, but this is pretty slick version - '73 Smoothness. But it kicks a little too. Sounds like I'm talking about BBQ sauce. Sorry. Really.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
May 25, 1972
Strand Lyceum

No one like Garcia. In China Cat, he spins out lead lines so inside out and complex I'm not sure where I live.