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Rosalie McFall
Sept. 20, 1970
Fillmore East

Super sweet and mellow version from a great acoustic set.


Hard to Handle
April 28, 1971
Fillmore East

I'm pretty sure every hard to Handle from this run of shows has been nominated on this site. I just love the bass turnaround jam in this, and the way they come back to the head.
Good Lovin'
May 2, 1970
Harpur College

This is my favorite of this arrangement of Good Lovin-- the explodo-rock psychedelic dancehall style-- probably the best version that's not the Dillon Gym Pigpen masterpiece.
Good Lovin'
April 17, 1971
Dillon Gym

Phil said anybody who wants to hear Pig at his finest should check this version out. He buys the Brooklyn Bridge for a buck & a quarter and gets the clap. Meanwhile the band is tight behind him, as he's freewheelin' through his story. Jump on the pony and ride.
To Lay Me Down
Sept. 20, 1970
Fillmore East

Anybody know who's playing piano on this? Why is there even a piano on stage, for the 1970 Dead and the New Riders? Is it Jerry? He played the piano on his album version, didn't he? Yeah, this set has some tunes with a piano, and I wonder who's playing it...
New Orleans
Nov. 8, 1970
Capitol Theater

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.