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Mama Tried
Oct. 31, 1970
School Gymnasium, S.U.N.Y.

Halloween psychedelia
The Eleven
June 27, 1969
Veterans Auditorium

Jerry's chromatics liquified my face. Total acid-drenched mindmeld.
Morning Dew
Aug. 30, 1969
Family Dog at the Great Highway

Gorgeously haunting.
Doin' That Rag
Aug. 30, 1969
Family Dog at the Great Highway

So thoughtful. It's got that haunting swagger.
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
May 24, 1970
Hollywood Music Festival

The amp tubes are glowing white-hot and the Boys are not letting up. Face-meltingly hot.


Playin' In The Band
Feb. 17, 1979
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

innovative AF
Feel Like A Stranger
March 9, 1981
Madison Square Garden

Keep coming back to this one. Love the way Jerry fades into some crazy innovative lines, so understated and cool. Verging on Santana-esque buzzsaw tones coming out of that guitar
Oct. 16, 1981

What a version. The acoustic licks, the bongos, the tasteful rhythm accompaniments, everything. Cassidy is just better when it's acoustic. The riff in the chorus sounds so much better on an acoustic guitar.
The Eleven
April 27, 1969
Labor Temple

Something about this show... Jerry's fuzzed-out solos are just so innovative in this one. The jam towards the end is nuts. Whenever they play with this progression the result is so filthy
St. Stephen
April 27, 1969
Labor Temple

The jam after William Tell is particularly good. There's a fleeting moment towards the beginning of that where the entire band is silent for a split second (7:27 on the DP26 version). Their brains are so psychically locked together in these jams it's incredible. Such innovative and clean soloing, these post- William Tell jams are some of their best work ever.