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Next Time You See Me
Nov. 7, 1969
Fillmore Auditorium

Jerry and Pigpen sing together in this one, and they brought the passion!
Nov. 8, 1969
Fillmore West

Constanten really adds to the texture of this, exciting feedback!
Oct. 12, 1968
Avalon Ballroom

High intensity, coming in hot after a hot Caboose jam.
Jack Straw
July 9, 1989
Giants Stadium

Powerful version. The vocal entrance at the end brings the house down, you can tell they're having fun; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gjjkcVIoys
Good Lovin'
Oct. 31, 1980
Radio City Music Hall

Bob goes for it in the rap and Garcia smiles a bit. A fun latter day version, though it never jams out like mad. Video of it here! https://www.youtube


The Other One
March 22, 1973
Utica Memorial Auditorium

CRIMINALLY underrated. Seamless, throughout the whole thing. Not a second wasted. A '73 type Other One, executed close to perfection.
March 22, 1973
Utica Memorial Auditorium

bzfgt is 100% correct, this oughta get up closer towards the top. One of the best Trucksplosions of '73!
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Aug. 5, 1974
Philadelphia Civic Arena

I never got the Feelin' Groovy thing in China/Riders. It always feels like it disrupts the whole feel and tempo of the song, and following many of the transition jams they did in '72 especially, Feelin' Groovy seems redundant to add to an already perfect match. That said, this version is a killer. Short and sweet Feelin' Groovy, after a ferocious transition jam. The matrix is your best bet. Upvote for sure!
Dark Star
Dec. 15, 1972
Long Beach Arena

Lovely. Not a definitive Star as mentioned above, but the "moments" that you often find in the best of dead-jams comes a-plenty here.
Dec. 15, 1972
Long Beach Arena

The way Phil shakes everyone off balance and brings them into the free jam is a classic Dead moment. Seriously underrated meat-sequence, has to be heard at least once.