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Drums -> Space
July 4, 1989
Rich Stadium

An inspired drums segment from the Devils and a serviceable space segment. Worth the spin
3
Crazy Fingers
June 16, 1991
Giants Stadium

Perfect full band gelling in a dramatic end jam portion, leading effortlessly into China > Rider
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Greatest Story Ever Told
July 12, 1987
Giants Stadium

Why the dead chose to neuter the peak jam inherent in early incarnations of this song is one of the most perplexing mysteries ever. This is crisp tho
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Black Peter
June 6, 1991
Deer Creek Music Center

This hit me perfectly. Well paced, lyrically nailed the poignancy, peak was driven. Nice late-era Peter
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Stella Blue
July 12, 1987
Giants Stadium

I was surprised to look back and see how relatively short this version was, because it had wonderful pace and the punch was ferocious.

Comments

The Other One
Feb. 13, 1970
Fillmore East

Blasts into unabashedly into stratospheric discovery. The meat of the DS > O1 > Lovelight trilogy and it brings the beefy goods. One would think enough has been said about this portion and this show more generally, but when you put it back on after a long hiatus and it still floors you as hard as your first listen, and you realize just how insanely locked in and creative this is, it becomes clear yet again why it is deserving of all-timer status
Dark Star
Feb. 13, 1970
Fillmore East

50th anniversary of this yesterday and by divine coincidence, a vinyl copy I ordered arrive on the same day. I dusted off this holy trinity of DS > O1 > Lovelight last night, and yeah, my goddddd, this is still no doubt the absolute top tier of 80-90 min played in row that the boys have ever done. This DS is the pure definition of patience, intention, and really using your music to make art. 50 years later, still as jaw dropping as ever
Black Peter
May 2, 1970
Harpur College

Jerry's vocal tones and acoustic touches churn itself its so damn buttery.
Let It Grow
Oct. 29, 1977
Evans Field House, Northern Illinois University

SO grateful to have this top tier show on crisp soundboard now with the new release. My god this version SLAYS. And to the first comment, I thought the same exact thing in the opening beat - is this technically disco?? Jerry's tone and phrasing on the initial solo is everything... The band swells around him to a massive peak. This version is a scorcher...
Stella Blue
Oct. 14, 1983
Hartford Civic Center

The cathartic peak to cap the spiritual roller coaster of this legendary second set. The peak in this is gorgeous. The boys bring the crowd back to earth with a sugar mags to ultimately close out this top tier set.