Nov. 8, 1970
Somehow this show escaped my attention for the almost 30 years since I got turned on to the Grateful Dead, but last week I was dorkin' out, researching 1970 acoustic sets, and I came across this show, which is apparently legendary, and for good reason. Surely this electric set they play is one of the greatest in their history. Magic-time in the set starts when Jerry plays Mystery Train and they take it into My Babe, only time they ever played either, apparently. Then a ferocious Around & Around, and by then this New Orleans, which goes into Searchin. It was like they collectively went, "oh yeah, rock & roll," and went blammo! The energy in the room for this performance is just crackling-- the give & take in this song with the crowd is I think the best I've ever heard in a Dead show. The room achieved lift-off that night. I really wish they had kept this one in the rotation.