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Story Ever Told
Race is On
Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider
& My Uncle
Fault but Mine >
of the World
in the Band
think I’ve made shortlists of all the unreleased May 1974 shows except Reno,
NV, which I’m inclined to judge simply a bad show.
definitely has a lot of greatness in it. The “Eyes” is nearly perfect, both the
song and the jam – and the fully sung and jammed “Nobody’s Fault” that precedes it is a
superb specimen of that relative rarity.
though Jerry’s lyrics in “Ramble on Rose” slip a couple of times, and there are
slightly ramshackle moments, I’m still going to call this a top 10 version.
(Who even has a top ten list of “Ramble
on Rose?”) From the screamer in the audience who helps launch it, straight to
the end, it just cooks. Keith’s playing is fantastic. He’s great throughout,
my shortlist-making days began, “Deal” has become a song that I pay far more
attention to than I used to (also “Bertha”). The version in this show has a
lazy lope of a groove, with a fine Garcia vocal. This "China Cat" also has a nice tempo, which leads to a nuanced, mellow execution.
Shortlist philosophy: Start
with a good soundboard of an unreleased show, and keep only what you honestly
want to hear again and again. Be song-agnostic; look for outstanding
performances of anything and everything, and reject an average performance of
any song, no matter how grand that song’s generic status as a big deal may be. Whatever’s
left, edit out the tuning and other delays, and arrange everything into a
pleasing sequence. Share the results in lossy mp3 format, in the spirit of the
cassette tape trading of my youth, diligently not trying to compete with or
annoy Grateful Dead Enterprises, whose property this music is.