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Friend of the Devil
June 24, 1976
Tower Theatre

Absolutely stunning. Top 5 version for sure. Should be better know. Laid back with great paino from Keith.
March 20, 1977
Winterland Arena

Great version, IMO best bit of first set
St. Stephen
Feb. 22, 1969
Dream Bowl

Perfectly good '69 Stephen, and every other song in this concert is listed here as a top version !
Aug. 13, 1975
Great American Music Hall

Epic, legendry drum crescendo into The Other One
Around and Around
Nov. 17, 1972
Century II Convention Hall

Nice rocking version with good solos, and good recording, as good as many others here


Wharf Rat
Feb. 5, 1978
Uni Dome, U of Northern Iowa

This needs more votes. It is easily the best post-74 Wharf Rat. Perhaps the reason it is so low is that it does not display on the Wharf Rat page. Why is that ?
New Minglewood Blues
May 8, 1977
Barton Hall - Cornell University

jonesbaron, Rabelais freak, Try the Jerry Moore source.
Morning Dew
May 8, 1977
Barton Hall - Cornell University

Finally got my "Get Shown the Light" box set. Took a long time to come from USA. I have some sympathy for people who think this overblown, goes on too long, and is a dead horse being flogged. That is what the Betty board sounded like to me. So, two days later, I played my old Jerry Moore matrix. Mind Blowing. This is the best. Listen to the Jerry Moore matrix, and forget the Betty board.
Not Fade Away
Sept. 21, 1972
The Spectrum

Needs more love. This is where they hit the NFA>GDTRFB transition in the sweet spot. Cast your mind back to when you first tripped to the Dead. It was SugarMag, MAMU, NFA>GDTRFB. Recapture some of the magic of youth. Give it a listen.
Mountains of the Moon
Feb. 22, 1969
Dream Bowl

I agree. One of my all time favourites.