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Nov. 6, 1979
The Spectrum

Strong Phil and great vocals version. Just so tight throughout. Triumphant version as the pre-end-jam-era versions go.
June 24, 1984
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

The band builds it up beautifully to the "Won't you tell everyone you meet" verse.
Row Jimmy
April 27, 1984
Providence Civic Center

The forgotten Providence show. Beautiful.
One More Saturday Night
Sept. 12, 1981
Greek Theater

Super tight and extremely rocking.
Not Fade Away
Sept. 12, 1981
Greek Theater

Love this one. Extended intro with heavy jamming throughout.


Shakedown Street
March 18, 1990
Civic Center

Brent's official takeover of the band
Ship of Fools
March 14, 1981
Hartford Civic Center

Jerry's voice. Wow. This version is basically studio ready. Phil drops a few well-timed bombs. Just a sweet version all around.
Little Red Rooster
March 13, 1981
Utica Coliseum

This is a class A rock and roll solo for the Jer Ber in this version. Wow! '81 was tight as it gets tight.
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Nov. 8, 1979
Capitol Center

The B3 solo in Fire - love it. Could of used more of that actually. Great stuff.
Sugar Magnolia
June 20, 1983
Merriweather Post Pavilion

If this version doesnt have you smiling, I dont know what to tell you. The energy from every member of the band is palpable, Brent's keys, Phil's bombs, the drummers thunder rolls, Garcias fills and Bobby's vocals with high energy screaming, comes together and makes this one a must listen to for all Heads.