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Morning Dew
June 13, 1994
Memorial Stadium

Very strong outro jam. Jerry may have had shaky fingers but he really busted his ass to deliver here.
March 24, 1994
Nassau Coleseum

Jerry is absolutely dialed in, hot solo. Basically unknown show due to only AUDs avail.
It's All Over Now Baby Blue
March 31, 1984
Marin County Civic Center

Jerry in stunning voice. Tearjerker version
Row Jimmy
March 29, 1995
The Omni

Really beautiful version, Jerry clearly emotionally invested in the delivery. Great playing too despite the year. Worth a listen.
Uncle John's Band
March 17, 1994
Rosemont Horizon

Sick end jam, unbelievable distorted wah feedback jam from bob at the end


Pretty Peggy O
May 28, 1995
Portland Meadows

Beautiful aching version. Nice to be reminded how special this band was - ALWAYS. Jerry’s old man voice really suits this one and solos are nice and pretty. This is definitely one of the songs that did not suffer and possibly got better as Jerry declined.
Hell in a Bucket
June 26, 1994
Sam Boyd Silver Bowl

Jerry has some absolutely searing leads here - he's only hampered by his thin distorted tone, a hallmark of his Summer '94 sound. Definitely a tight version,
Bird Song
Oct. 15, 1984
Civic Center

Really lovely out jam. Jerry and Phil sound great and so does Brent. Damn. So does Bob. And so do the drummers! All around classic mid 80s version with one of those meandering jams that never peaks but it does sound very nice.
Foolish Heart
June 27, 1995
The Palace

Not only is the jam into Foolish pretty good, the mid solo is stunningly hot. Foolish is one of the few songs I notice pretty consistently which Jerry never lost his mojo for playing a ripping solo on.
Shakedown Street
June 1, 1991
Los Angeles Coliseum

Massively hot sleeper version, this one flew so far under the radar I hadn’t listened to it til today. Unreal end jam, Bruce and Bobby and Jerry pull some fantastic themes and peaks together.