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Best Grateful Dead Jams

For travel and road trips.

Updated on June 3, 2023

Road trips are excuses to listen to long, lazy Grateful Dead jams. I've compiled a list of the best Grateful Dead jams for road trips and travel.

T his has nothing to do with great songs (like Ripple or Box of Rain), or great versions of songs (like Ruben and Cherise at Folsom Prison). This list is about the Grateful Dead's most exquisite improvised jams; the ones that go along with open car windows, solitary hikes in foreign places, and doodling travel sketches in old cafes. Many of these segments are long enough that getting caught up in them is best practiced when you are away from home, where you have big, open spaces of time to dive in to the music.

Improvised music isn't necessarily better than great studio work, but for me, the sensibility of not knowing where the music is going lends itself well to travel, because it gets your synapses firing in all the right ways.

These picks are the result of listening to Grateful Dead tapes since the age of 15, and slowly building up a list of my best picks specifically for the road, which for me is exploratory improvisation, especially when it strays far from its basic form. It is important to note that the idea of picking best jams is really counterintuitive to listening to improvised music. Anybody who uses a list to find the best version of a song is missing the point. Listening to improvised music is to get to know the many versions. It is a lifelong pursuit. Use best-of lists only as a stepping-off point.

I am adding ink spatters to go along with different jams. I am a color-grapheme synesthete , and while that is not a form of synesthesia directly correlated to music or sound, I subconsciously associate colors with jam sequences, and will often remember a jam by its color. These ink spatters are my attempt to visualize the color combinations of these jams.

1977-05-22 Help on the Way -> Slipknot -> Franklin's Tower Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, Florida

With Grateful Dead jams, choosing the best material is not just about the music, but the recording, and the sound of the hall. There is a lot going on in Grateful Dead music, and so it's easy for the sound to get muddy. This soundboard recording from the Grateful Dead's most celebrated month of music enscapsulates the two things that I look for the most in Grateful Dead: crispness and exploratory playing.

1973-12-19 Here Comes Sunshine Curtis Hixon Convention Hall, Tampa, Florida

Here Comes Sunshine Jam from 12-19-1973

This bright song about the days following a devastating flood in Portland, Oregon's Vanport area was always in short supply in the Grateful Dead's repertoire. It was only played 66 times. But 1973 is the year for Here Comes Sunshine , and there is little argument among Deadheads that this complex and varied version is the pinnacle. Tight, uptempo jamming. Garcia is all over the fretboard and Weir's rhythm is strangely submarine. This is another example of crisp playing and crisp recording. (Dick's Picks 1)

1974-08-06 Eyes of the World Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey

Grateful Dead Jam: Eyes of the World from 8-6-1974

During the Grateful Dead's Wall of Sound era, the band played this fast, crystalline version of Eyes , with bright, audible Phil Lesh solos, and tight, exploratory lead by Garcia.

1977-05-28 Sugaree Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut

1977 Sugaree Jam

A long time ago, I saw a graphic novel interpretation of Sugaree . The author depicted a world of lizard-riding townsmen, a heroine in a cloak, turning her back on the song's narrator, who is about to be hung. This Sugaree , which doesn't let up through its entire record-breaking 21:30 minute length, solo after scorching solo, reminds me of the intensity of that scene.

1976-06-09 Crazy Fingers, St. Stephen -> Eyes of the World -> Jam -> Let It Grow -> Drums -> Let It Grow, Franklin's Tower Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachussetts

Eyes of the World Jam

The centerpoint of this stunning segment is the transition from St. Stephen into Eyes of the World. St. Stephen itself starts to feel infused with Eyes notes, but when Eyes actually begins, it's pre-lyric introduction extends for eight glorious minutes. As a lifelong fan of Eyes , I have always paid particular attention to the intros. This Eyes intro passes the four-and-a-half minute mark, while most are less than a minute. Note that the intro for 1976-06-18 is nearly six-and-a-half minutes long.

1979-11-06 Terrapin Station -> Playin' in the Band The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennslyvania

While Terrapin's rarely depart from the composed themes of the song, this night, Jerry Garcia's lead lines were unlike any other night. The Playin' in this segment is not as well known as many other Playin' heavy-hitters, but it stands with the best, with rich, textured playing and a unique 1979 delivery, which includes a shining first-year Brent.

1974-05-19 Truckin' -> Not Fade Away -> Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad -> One More Saturday Night Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon

The Grateful Dead always sounded great in the Pacific Northwest, which was part of their northern backyard. The long jam that follows Truckin' in this segment of songs is beyond the pale, and Garcia's notes in Not Fade Away are impeccable.

1980-11-30 Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri

Magnificent playing on this Scarlet Fire, particularly during the transition phase.

1976-07-16 The Music Never Stopped -> Scarlet Begonias, US Blues Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, California

Music Never Stopped Jam from 7-16-1976

This is an early Scarlet Begonias , before it was regularly paired with Fire on the Mountain . It's youth as a song is really compelling here, as Garcia's notes are fresh and inventive, and like most Grateful Dead from 1976, more laid-back and lazy than 1977.

1974-06-26 Intro Jam -> China Cat -> Feelin' Groovy Jam -> I Know You Rider Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island

China Cat Sunflower, I Know You Rider Jam

There are too many reasons why this China Rider is one of the greatest Grateful Dead jams of all time. It features a unique, spacey intro jam, a beautiful Feelin' Groovy jam to tie the two songs together, and fierce, tight jamming on both China Cat and Rider .

1974-06-20 Eyes of the World -> Slipknot -> China Doll Atlanta Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia

This is the first time Slipknot was ever played by the Grateful Dead, but it wasn't yet fully formed, nor was it the slipknot that would form the nearly inseparable tryptich between Help on the Way and Franklin's Tower . Pairing Slipknot with Eyes of the World works really well, and I actually believe that Slipknot is an invention born out of 1973-1974 Eyes of the World outros.

The Dead spent most of 1971 perfecting their cowboy songs, and setlists were less exploratory during this year. But this November show is off-the-charts, and the jam inside this Not Fade Away sandwich has elements of 1960's primal Dead, China-cat Sunflower teases, and, deep spacey exploration.

1979-10-25 Shakedown Street Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut

If the Grateful Dead ever sounded like Phish, this is it. This is funky-jammy Grateful Dead, inspired by Brent Mydland's electronic piano synth sounds.

1976-07-17 Comes a Time -> Drums -> The Other One -> Space -> Eyes -> Jam -> The Other One -> Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad Orpheum Theater, San Francisco, California

Comes a Time Jam

This unusual setlist has that laid back 1976 quality to it, but the apex of this segment is the spectacular Comes a Time , the longest ever. It's jazzy, out there and easily some of the most inventive playing in the Dead's repertoire.

1972-08-27 Bird Song Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, Oregon

Bird Song Jam

This transcendent Bird Song is considered by some to be the high point of the show that is often tied for first place with the Cornell 1977 show. The weather at this venue was unrelenting hot, and that heat created a weird tone in Garcia's guitar. Those notes are flawless, psychedelic wizardry.

1972-09-21 Playing in the Band The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Unrelenting jamming from Garcia, improved by some of Keith Godchaux's most creative piano.

1976-06-14 Crazy Fingers, Cosmic Charlie, Help on the Way ->Slipnot -> Franklin's Tower Beacon Theatre, New York, New York

Slipknot Jam

This is an unreal Crazy Fingers , with sublime exchanges between Garcia and Keith Godchaux. and it really describes 1976 Dead. Spanish-jam style exchanges appear. The thirteen-minute Slipknot is labrythine and exquisite.

1970-02-13 Dark Star -> The Other One -> Lovelight Fillmore East, New York, New York

Grateful Dead Dark Star Jam

This show is generally considered the Grateful Dead's third most celebrated, and this segment is the reason why. Garcia tears through Dark Star and The Other One with a vengeance. There are sections of deep, exploratory quiet, and sections of machine-gun guitarwork.

1977-05-09 Comes a Time Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York

Unlike the Comes a Time from 7-16-1976, this version, from the day after the Grateful Dead's most famous show, stays on track with a more traditional Comes a Time jam, leading towards a peak. But it is just as good, and that peak is handled incredibly delicately.

1977-05-22 Estimated Prophet ->Eyes of the World -> Wharf Rat->Terrapin Station , Morning Dew The Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, Florida

This second set segment from one the Grateful Dead's best shows features strong playing throughout.

1973-12-02 Wharf Rat, Mississippi Half-Step, Playin' in the Band -> Mind Left Body Jam, He's Gone Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachussetts

This psychedelic masterpiece builds and builds throughout the second set, and crescendoes at the Playin' in the Band .

1979-12-26 Uncle John's Band -> Estimated -> Jam Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California

Estimated Prophet Jam

This standalone Estimated Prophet , sandwiched between Uncle John's Band, features standout mutron from Garcia and great keys from Brent Mydland. There is no other Estimated outro jam like the one in this set, and it's a funky stunner.

1977-10-16 Sugaree Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sugaree Jam by the Grateful Dead

1977 yielded the longest and most creative Sugaree's . This one, which is nearly eighteen-minutes long, is one of my favorites.

1983-10-14 Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain, Estimated Prophet -> Eyes of the World -> Drums-> Spanish Jam->Other One Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut

This is my favorite Scarlet Fire , and it may be the lazy, carefree effect that the marimbas and tropical beats have on this pairing. This was also Phish's Trey Anastasio's first Grateful Dead concert. At the time, Anastasio was 19 and heavily into metal. Seeing the Dead for the first time was, "like getting it in the head with a baseball bat." The set continues to deliver fire, and includes a rare Spanish Jam coming out of drums.

1973-07-27 Watkin Glens Soundcheck Jam Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway, Watkins Glen, ,New York

The Summer Jam festival at Watkin Glens on 7-28-1973 was the largest rock concert in history and the largest gathering of people in the history of the United States, bringing in over 600,000 to see The Allman Brothers, The Band and the Grateful Dead. But rock fans began showing up the day before. The Grateful Dead's soundcheck from the day before the big event is one of their most inventive and unique jams of their entire career. The way that the Grateful Dead shifts between different jam themes is a rare comparison to the Phish Type II jams .

1973-11-30 Here Comes Sunshine -> Weather Report Suite -> Dark Star Jam -> Eyes of the World -> Sugar Mag Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachussetts

The high point of this beautiful second set jam segment is the Eyes-infused Dark Star Jam that veers effortlessly towards a jazzy Eyes of the World , dense with Phil Lesh bass notes and those lazy but precise Jerry Garcia solos unique to 1973.

1979-11-09 Dancing in the Streets -> Franklin's Tower Buffalo Auditorium, Buffalo, New York

Brent Mydland's funky keys, unique to 1979, help to propel Garcia and Weir in new directions. The rare transition into Franklin's Tower is flawless.

1977-05-17 Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain, Estimated Prophet, Terrapin Station -> Playin' in the Band -> Drums -> Wharf Rat -> Playin' in the Band -> Sugar Magnolia Memorial Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The Scarlet Fire's of May 1977 are often compared, but this one has a buttery transcendence to it. The rest of the second set is sublime.

1972-09-21 Dark Star The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1972 Dark Star Jam

This 37-minute Dark Star masterpiece ends with a beautiful banjo-style Mind Left Body Jam .

1990-09-16 He's Gone->Jam Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

He's Gone Jam

Jerry Garcia, Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick improvise beautifully out of this post-Brent Mydland He's Gone .

1978-02-05 Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain Uni Dome, U of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Soaring guitarwork from Jerry Garcia and breathtaking keys by Keith Godchaux make this one of the best Scarlet Fire's . The transiton is especially sublime.

1972-09-21 Bird Song The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bird Song Jam

A jazzy Bird Song from the year that brought the best Bird Song's .

1972-08-27 Dark Star -> El Paso Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, Oregon

Like almost any Dark Star , this one takes a while to grow on you. But patience rewards you. Something about this Dark Star from the Grateful Dead's second most famous show reminds me of a pod of space whales sailing through the galaxy. I have no idea why. The transition into the Marty Robbins cowboy song made it all that more weird, and Dead. A great jam segment for midnight drives in the desert.

1982-08-03 To Lay Me Down, Let It Grow -> Drums -> Space -> He's Gone -> The Other One-> Stella Blue -> Sugar Magnolia Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri

To Lay Me Down Jam

The guitar tones and vocals on this segment from a beautiful moonlit night in Kansas City are uniquely raw.

1977-10-11 Help on the Way -> Slipknot ->Franklin's Tower, Let It Grow Lloyd Noble Center, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Jerry Garcia plays lightning fast, exploratory leads on this first set opener triptych, and especially in the second set opener Let it Grow , one of the most fiery and exploratory versions around.

1973-11-14 China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider Winterland Arena San Francisco, California

The transition between China and Rider is long, melodic and has an underylying tenderness to it that is unique in all China Rider's . A classic all-windows-open jam.

1976-06-09 Lazy Lightning -> Supplication -> High Time Boston Music Hall Boston, Massachussetts

A summery second set segment with spidery and labrynthine playing by Garcia and Weir.

1981-05-01 Althea, Let It Grow, Deal, Feel Like a Stranger -> Franklin's Tower Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia

Of these spectacular first and second jams from spring 1981, the Stranger is the centerpiece. Garcia

1974-6-23 Jam->Ship of Fools Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida

The second set of this very unusual show opened with a lengthy pre-Ship jam, mimicking the themes of Ship of Fools while still staying loose and deconstructed.

1981-03-07 Bird Song Cole Field House, College Park, Maryland

Longest Bird Song Jam

This longest of all Bird Songs is one of the most exquisite and unusual, with tight, consistent jamming from Jerry Garcia throughout.

1990-03-15 Terrapin Station Capitol Centre, Landover, Maryland

The 1990's would usher in an era of great outros, and this Terrapin Station, played on Phil Lesh's 50th birthday, is a beautiful example of those outros. This is also the show that brought some of the Without a Net material, and this Terrapin, full of midi and keys, also represents that short-lived creative rennaisance that occured in 1990.

1973-02-26 Dark Star -> Eyes of the World -> Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo Pershing Municipal Auditorium Lincoln, Nebraska

Dark Star is now a veteran jam vehicle, and Eyes of the World is fresh and still not fleshed out. The union of these two monsters is exquisite. The Dark Star has a beautiful, blissful segment that is unlike anything I've heard, and seems to tie the song to the Eyes of the World that will unravel out of this Dark Star. This is only the third time Eyes of the World has been played, and so it has an innocent quality It's 'Stronger than Dirt' outro jam is fluid and youthful, making this one of the best Eyes of all time.

1973-11-30 Playing in the Band Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachussetts

This jazzy 73-era Playin ', which closes out the first set, goes far out there in the space of twenty-three minutes.

1971-10-31 Dark Star Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio

This Dark Star, among my very favorites, is notable for its Tighten-up jam, the jamming theme that is considered the Proto-Eyes of the World. Uncharacteristic for most Grateful Dead jams, this Dark Star has a distinct peak. It's worth the entire journey.

1974-06-16 China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider Des Moines State Fair, Des Moines, Iowa

A sublime China Rider from a peak year for the Grateful Dead, with Keith's keyboards shining on the segue.

1974-08-04 Weather Report Suite->Jam Philadelphia Civic Arena, Philadephia, Pennsylvania

In the summer of 1974, the Grateful Dead were playing with their enormous 70-ton Wall of Sound speaker system behind them. This was the largest and most sophisticated speaker system ever assembled, and the idea was that the system could eliminate distortion and create crystalline, defined sound at thundrous sound levels. This Weather Report Suite, which warps into a long Mind Left Body Jam, always reminds me of that surreal PA system.

1977-05-28 Estimated Prophet -> Playin' in the Band -> Terrapin Station -> Drums ->Not Fade Away -> Wharf Rat -> Playin' in the Band Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut

A second set Playin' sandwich in the Dead's tightest month is filled with fast, otherworldly notes and space-voyage mutron.

1969-03-02 Doin that Rag, Cryptical Envelopment, Death Don't Have No Mercy-> Morning Dew -> Alligator -> Drums -> Primal Jam -> Caution->Feedback->Bid you Goodnight Fillmore West, San Francisco, California

Primal Jam by the Grateful Dead

One of the Grateful Dead's finest performances includes this early Mind Left Bodyesque jam - the Primal Jam - pure, raw, fiery Dead.

1974-06-16 Eyes of the World -> Big River Des Moines State Fair, Des Moines, Iowa

All of the summer 1974 Eyes of the World performances were among the very best. This Eyes is among the strongest, with a unique grasshopper cadence to it. The unexpected segue into Johnny Cash's Big River is perfect.

1977-05-08 Row Jimmy, Dancing in the Street-> Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain -> Estimated Prophet -> St. Stephen -> Not Fade Away -> St. Stephen -> Morning Dew Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Nobody seems able to eloquently describe why this is the most celebrated set in Grateful Dead history. It is smooth and tight and beautiful, but what makes this show better than other similar May 1977 shows? Many say it's the quality of the soundboard tape, which was widely distributed and which helped solidify this show as the de facto best show, an unoffensive common denominator liked by everybody. Listen closely, though, and the answer is out there. The Garcia leads on this night are singular, and never repeated or even suggested again.

1973-11-17 Playin' in the Band -> Uncle John's Band -> Morning Dew -> Uncle John's Band -> Playin' in the Band -> Stella Blue -> El Paso -> Eyes of the World Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles, California

By far one of the best sets of the superb 1973, this segment from the second set features a crisp Playin' sandwich and standup segues on the songs to follow. The Eyes of the World is one of the best.

1974-06-18 Weather Report Suite -> Jam -> The Other One -> It's a Sin Jam -> Stella Blue Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

Weather Report Suite Jam

A long, jazzy Weather Report Suite is followed by a spacey jam. One of the great monsters of 1974 Grateful Dead.

1972-08-27 Playin' in the Band -> He's Gone -> Jack Straw Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, Oregon

Some consider this the Grateful Dead's most intense, in-sync jam of all time. Right before Playin' starts, you can hear Bob say, "Every other time we’ve been in Oregon, it rained. Today, it’s too damn hot!" That heat kept the guitars out of tune, which you can hear in this blistering track.

1973-06-22 Bird Song P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia

This Bird Song is unique among all Bird Song's for it's dream-like voyaging tones. It's the only Bird Song that dips into territory normally pursued by Dark Star or Playin' in the Band. A remarkable must listen for twilight road trips.

1977-03-20 Row Jimmy Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California

The entire performance this night, including many of the first set songs, are well played throughout. For example, the Brown-eyed Women in the first set features really punchy lead. But this second set Row Jimmy is on fire, and probably the best version ever played.

1973-11-14 Here Comes Sunshine Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

Here Comes Sunshine Jame from 1973

This sloppy Here Comes Sunshine fires on all cylinders in between the composed sections, despite its miscues. Sharp, brilliant lead, a dreamy and intense quality, and heavy experimentation.

1972-04-14 Dark Star Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tivoli Dark Star Jam

This Dark Star, over 29 minutes in length, explores the cosmos for seventeen minutes before hitting the first verse, and includes one of the happiest and most exploratory Feelin' Groovy jams in Grateful Dead history.

1978-04-24 Music Never Stopped, Scarlet Begonias ->Fire on the Mountain Horton Field House, Normal, Illinois

A spacey and intense Music Never Stopped is followed by one of the best Scarlet Fires of all time. Music Never Stopped has always been, to my ears, an unusual musical take on summer. This is the summer on fire version.

1973-11-14 Truckin-> Other One Jam -> The Other One -> Jam -> Big River -> The Other One -> Eyes of the World -> The Other One -> Wharf Rat, Me and My Uncle -> Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California

Fascinating Weir rhythms, locked-in Phil, and pulsating Jerry make this a beautiful second-set segment from the jazzy late 1973 era. I have always been interested in songs that are flavored with Eyes of the World notes, and the Other Ones in this set are a great example that.

1972-04-08 Dark Star -> Sugar Magnolia -> Caution (Do Not Step on the Tracks) Wembley Empire Pool, London, England

A beautiful, melodic thirty-minute Dark Star that feels almost oceanic is followed by a lively Sugar Magnolia, and a vicious Caution.

1993-06-23 Terrapin Station -> Drums -> Space -> Dark Star -> Wheel Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana

One of the last great jam masterpieces of the Grateful Dead. Terrapin Station unravels into a Dark Star-ish pre-drums jam.

1977-06-08 Eyes of the World Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California

A nearly 20-minute Eyes of the World , at the height of The Grateful Dead's most coveted quarter. Exceptional, spot-on playing. Why haven't we heard this Eyes more? Likely because this show hides under the show of the much more famous show to follow the next day.

1976 Grateful Dead Jams

1976 was a heady year for the Dead, and this segment's unusual setlist shows how out-there a setlist could get this year. While the Franklin's Tower is top-notch, the double Slipknot, which often forays into Spanish Jam, is some of Jerry's best playing in the 70s.

1973-02-28 The Other One -> Eyes of the World -> Morning Dew Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah

The very earliest Eyes of the World 's had a weird sort of purity to them (the first debuted on February 9). The outro jams, heavy on Phil and proto-Slipknot segments, were extraordinary. But this second set segment contains an Eyes-infused The Other One that has includes an unusual jam known to appear only in 1973, which reminds me of the offspring of Spanish Jam and Brazilian bossa nova. Listen for it about four-and-a-half minutes in.

Listen for Bob on slide guitar during a stunning and altogether unique Scarlet Begonias . This second set segment includes a Scarlet Fire masterpiece that features a Jerry going full-throttle, restless and full of ideas, as well as notes.

During an inventive year of four-hour sets, some shows, particularly from summer, stand out above the rest. This second set contains Phil-heavy jamming throughout, with a unique pre-Eyes Jam and Spanish Jam .

1989-10-18 Birdsong > The Music Never Stopped The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Birdsong Jam from 1989

The Grateful Dead had a brilliant resurrection into a period of creative playing from 1989-1991. This end to the first set highlights this new sound, which often featured Jerry Garcia noodling through flute and trumpet MIDI sounds. While not all Deadheads enjoy the MIDI era, I have always welcomed it as a unique, jazzy and spacey era. This Birdsong , similar to the tracks recorded on the Without a Net double album, matches some of the greats from earlier eras - flute tones included.

1985-06-30 Shakedown Street -> Samson and Delilah Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland

Climactic and funky, this standout ending to a first set includes an impossibly good Shakedown Street. 1984 and 1985 were overall uneven years for the Dead, but there are many sleeper Shakedown's from this era, and further exploration is strongly recommended.

1977-06-09 Help on the Way -> Slipknot -> Franklin's Tower Winterland, San Francisco, California

In a life of listening to the Grateful Dead, the lengthier and more expansive Help->Slip->Frank's still feel foreign, fresh and mindbending. This is one of the very best, with an exceptional Slipknot . Listen for Phil Lesh's fills and the complexity of the transition between Help and Slip .

1974-08-04 Playin' in the Band -> Scarlet Begonias Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The sprawling Playin' in this duo takes on a unique 1950's jazz era quality, as Jerry Garcia takes everything you know about this song beyond the pale.

1974-06-18 Eyes of the World -> China Doll Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville Eyes of the World jam

This is Eyes of the World at its finest; with fast, fluid jamming interplay between Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh. The segue intwo China Doll is haunting.

1972-09-17 He's Gone -> The Other One -> Sing Me Back Home Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland

A forty-minute The Other One is the centerpiece of this voyage into the far reaches of the galaxy.

1977-10-14 Playin' in the Band Hofheinz Pavillion, Houston, Texas

This seventeen-minute Playin' has a roaming and wandering quality to it. While it never descends into space, it has a deconstructed, almost mellow quality to it.

1979-12-26 Friend of the Devil Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California

This ten-minute Friend of the Devil is relaxed and dynamic. Listen to each bandmember contributing in a dense and tight jam.

1974-10-17 He's Gone -> The Other One -> Spanish Jam -> Mind Left Body Jam -> The Other One -> Stella Blue Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California

The Grateful Dead's original Fare Thee Well tour was in October 1974. They played 5 nights at Winterland before taking an extended haitus. This segment, from the third set of third night, blisters with energy and psychedelic weirdness.

1973-06-10 Eyes of the World -> Stella Blue Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington D.C.

1973 Eyes of the World Jam

The overlooked Eyes of the World from this segment is one of the longest, and features proto-Slipknot jamming among lazy summer leads from Jerry Garcia.

1975-09-28 Jam out of Truckin -> Drums -> Stronger than Dirt or Milkin' the Turkey Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

The unusual jam that comes out of Truckin' on this rare 1975 show, right in the middle of the Dead's haitus period, is played in the key of 11/8, but is not related to The Eleven, which the Grateful Dead had not played since the 60's. Rather, it's a standalone proto-Blues for Allah era jam that serves as an introduction to the rare Stronger than Dirt that comes after a drums segment. It is a short masterpiece and a must-hear.

1976-06-14 Crazy Fingers -> Dancing in the Street -> Cosmic Charlie -> Help on the Way -> Slipknot! -> Franklin's Tower Beacon Theatre, New York, New York

A spectacular 1976 fourth quarter features a sublime Crazy Fingers rare Cosmic Charlie and a lovely, lazy, free-form Slipknot! that clocks in at thirteen minutes.

1977-11-06 Eyes of the World Cotterrell Gym, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

This is one of the fastest Eyes of the World ever performed, and so while the song clocks in at less than thirteen minutes, it's packed with tight, flawless playing, packing a punch missing in many other Eyes .

1978-04-24 The Music Never Stopped Horton Field House, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

The Music Never Stopped evokes images of the Midwesterners lust for summertime. This Music is really different, because it takes it time, meanders like a slow-moving Midwestern river at the peak of summer.

1976-07-13 Crazy Fingers Orpheum Theater, San Francisco, California

1976 Crazy Fingers Jam

This fourteen minute Crazy Fingers is like an envoy for the Grateful Dead in 1976; sincere and delicate. The final jam takes the summery notes and embeds them with psychedelic themes of The Other One and Playin' in the Band.

1973-06-22 Here Comes Sunshine P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia

This outstanding Here Comes Sunshine is notable for the flawless tight, transcendent jamming.

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I’m as excited as everyone else to see what the future brings with Dave’s Picks. But please permit me one moment of nostalgia for the departing Road Trips series, which I thoroughly enjoyed being a small part of these past four years.

The series was controversial from the start because of the initial decision to release compilations from tours rather than complete shows. Why was this done? Well, the last few releases in the original Dick’s Picks series came after a gushing flood of soundboard tapes made their way to Archive.org following the death of Dick Latvala. Many of those tapes were then downloaded many thousands of times before the Dead came to their senses and forced Archive to go stream-only for soundboard material. However, the damage was done. Sales for the last several Dick’s Picks—which in my view were certainly up to the high standards established by earlier releases (35 and 36 are among my favorites) — plummeted once Archive became a free source for nearly everything in the Grateful Dead vault.

In the meantime, remnants of the Grateful Dead organization cut a deal with Rhino to have them facilitate the Dead’s archival release program, and folks on both the Grateful Dead side and at Rhino looked for new ways to generate some interest in the vault material. When Road Trips was established, our thinking was that by presenting a nicely designed package containing two discs with the cream from multiple shows from a tour or series, plus a booklet with liner notes and photos, might be sufficiently compelling to attract both those who already had huge collections of soundboard material and new people who hadn’t been big collectors or were relatively new to the band’s music. The initial concept was to limit the package to two discs to keep the price down, then toss in a bonus disc with more material from the tour as an added incentive to buy early from Dead.net—not a new idea, as bonus discs had proven to be popular on a number of earlier releases.

The negative response by so many hardcore fans frankly caught us off guard. It was clear that a certain segment really wanted complete shows only and were not going to be satisfied by anything less. Personally, I still stand by the compilation concept. I listen to those first few Road Trips a lot more than I do individual shows from those tours. I don’t even think about what is from which show—I just enjoy the high quality of the performances on each, just as I would on a live compilation by any band. The two-disc format did end up being somewhat limiting, however, so I was happy when the series eventually moved to three discs each time. That also allowed us to put out a greater variety of full shows. Needless to say, some were disappointed when the Bonus Discs disappeared; others hated them from the beginning. I liked ’em; always have.

Less surprising than the outrage in some quarters over the compilation idea was the harping about the actual choices. Some people didn’t want to hear anything post-’77, much less something as late as ’93. Others complained that there wasn’t enough early ’80s. You name it and there was a segment of folks who attacked it bitterly—’twas ever thus in the Dead world, and so it will be with Dave’s Picks, no doubt. I even raised my objections to my buddy Dick Latvala a few times back in the day: “Dude, 10/14/83 is the best you could come up with from ’83 for DP6?” Comes with the territory. (Remember the bumpersticker “Just Another Picky Deadhead”?)

Herewith, some favorite performances from each of the 17 Road Trips releases:

RT 1.1, Fall ’79 — “Dancing in the Street” > “Franklin’s.” Not quite up to the 10/27/79 Cape Cod version, but still great. “Terrapin” > “Playing” also show some of the color that “new guy” Brent brought to the band.

RT 1.2, October ’77 — I’ve always loved the Norman, Okla., “Help-Slip-Frank” and the “Sugaree” on the same disc is one of the best in a great year for that tune.

RT 1.3, Summer ’71 — Two major finds made this release a winner: The long-missing Yale Bowl tape (love that “Dark Star” > “Bird Song”) and more of the spectacular Hollywood Palladium show (some of which was released on DP35), including the legendary “Hard to Handle,” which is on the Bonus Disc. Incredible “That’s It for the Other One” from Chicago, too.

RT 1.4, From Egypt With Love — This one was put out to coincide with Rocking the Cradle: Egypt ’78 , and for my money it’s a much stronger release musically. Taken from the GD’s post-Egypt shows a Winterland, it contains the famous sequence of “Got My Mojo Working” (with Lee Oskar) into “The Other One” into what many agree is the finest “Stella Blue” the band ever played. Cool “Ollin Arageed,” too.

RT 2.1, MSG September ’90 — Much better than the Dick’s Picks ( Vol. 9 ) from these first shows with Bruce and Vince together, this contains some wild and inspired jamming on “Playing” and “Dark Star,” and a great “Let It Grow.”

RT 2.2, Carousel 2/14/68 —The only multitrack mixdown in the Road Trips series, it’s one of the Dead’s most-loved late ’60s shows. The extra material on Disc 1 (including a fantastic “Viola Lee Blues”) and on the Bonus Disc are tracks from the same era that had been recently discovered in a defunct SF recording studio.

RT 2.3, Wall of Sound June ’74 — There were probably more gripes about us not releasing the full Louisville and Des Moines shows than with any other RT release. (C’mon, did you really need both versions of “Mexicali Blues” from those shows?) I’m partial to the “Eyes” > “China Doll” and “The Other One” from Louisville, but it’s all top drawer.

RT 2.4, Cal Expo ’93 — The “Playing in the Band” is probably the most adventurous of any early ’90s versions. Good takes of later tunes such as “Corrina,” “Liberty” and “Victim,” as well.

RT 3.1, Oakland 12/28/79 — A nice companion to Dick’s Picks Vol. 5 from the same set of shows. Another fine “Terrapin” > “Playing,” though in this case I like the Bonus Disc best, with the scorching “Scarlet-Fire” > “Let It Grow” from 12/30.

RT 3.2, Austin 11/15/71 — Like RT 3.1, this is a complete show. The “Dark Star” > “El Paso” in the first set is heady stuff, and the “Not Fade Away” > “GDTRFB” > “NFA” truly one of my all-time favorite Grateful Dead performances.

RT 3.3, Fillmore East 5/15/70 — Our first three-disc set (plus Bonus)! The acoustic material is priceless (especially “Long Black Limousine” and “Ain’t It Crazy”) and both the “Dark Star” and “That’s It for the Other One” are standouts. The Bonus Disc tracks from Merrimac College the previous night are killer, as well.

RT 3.4, Penn State/Cornell 1980 — I’ve listened to this one a lot. I particularly dig the “Shakedown” > “Bertha” and “space” > “Saint of Circumstance” from Cornell and the “He’s Gone” > “The Other One” from Penn State.

RT 4.1, Big Rock Pow Wow 1969 — Two crazy acid-drenched shows from Florida in May ’69. I’m a sucker for “He Was a Friend of Mine,” and there are a couple of fiery versions of “The Eleven,” a trippy “Dark Star” and a thumping “St. Stephen” out of “drums.” Two half-hour versions of “Lovelight” is a bit much for me, though.

RT 4.2, April Fools ’88 — Classic high-energy late ’80s Dead, with outstanding versions of “Scarlet-Fire” and “China Cat-Rider,” along with relative rarities such as “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “To Lay Me Down” and Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man.”

RT 4.3, Denver 1973 — Love the “Playing” > “Wharf Rat” > “Playing” reprise > “Morning Dew,” and the lacy first-set “Here Comes Sunshine.”

RT 4.4, Spectrum 4/6/82 — For me, it’s all about the “Shakedown” > “Lost Sailor- Saint” and “The Other One” > “Morning Dew.” More early ’80s, please!

RT 4.5, Boston Music Hall 6/9/76 — This would make my RT Top 5, with the awesome “St. Stephen” > “Eyes,” best-ever “Crazy Fingers,” wonderful “High Time” and solid bonus versions (from 6/12/76) of “Comes a Time” and “Mission in the Rain.”

End of the line. Last call for Road Trips rants and raves! What do you think?

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RT 1.1, Fall ’79 — “Dancing in the Street” > “Franklin’s.” Not quite up to the 10/27/79 Cape Cod version, but still great. “Terrapin” > “Playing” also show some of the color that “new guy” Brent brought to the band.

RT 1.3, Summer ’71 — Two major finds made this release a winner: The long-missing Yale Bowl tape (love that “Dark Star” > “Bird Song”) and more of the spectacular Hollywood Palladium show (some of which was released on DP35), including the legendary “Hard to Handle,” which is on the Bonus Disc. Incredible “That’s It for the Other One” from Chicago, too.

RT 2.3, Wall of Sound June ’74 — There were probably more gripes about us not releasing the full Louisville and Des Moines shows than with any other RT release. (C’mon, did you really need both versions of “Mexicali Blues” from those shows?) I’m partial to the “Eyes” > “China Doll” and “The Other One” from Louisville, but it’s all top drawer.

RT 3.1, Oakland 12/28/79 — A nice companion to Dick’s Picks Vol. 5 from the same set of shows. Another fine “Terrapin” > “Playing,” though in this case I like the Bonus Disc best, with the scorching “Scarlet-Fire” > “Let It Grow” from 12/30.

RT 3.2, Austin 11/15/71 — Like RT 3.1, this is a complete show. The “Dark Star” > “El Paso” in the first set is heady stuff, and the “Not Fade Away” > “GDTRFB” > “NFA” truly one of my all-time favorite Grateful Dead performances.

RT 3.4, Penn State/Cornell 1980 — I’ve listened to this one a lot. I particularly dig the “Shakedown” > “Bertha” and “space” > “Saint of Circumstance” from Cornell and the “He’s Gone” > “The Other One” from Penn State.

RT 4.3, Denver 1973 — Love the “Playing” > “Wharf Rat” > “Playing” reprise > “Morning Dew,” and the lacy first-set “Here Comes Sunshine.”

RT 4.4, Spectrum 4/6/82 — For me, it’s all about the “Shakedown” > “Lost Sailor- Saint” and “The Other One” > “Morning Dew.” More early ’80s, please!

RT 4.5, Boston Music Hall 6/9/76 — This would make my RT Top 5, with the awesome “St. Stephen” > “Eyes,” best-ever “Crazy Fingers,” wonderful “High Time” and solid bonus versions (from 6/12/76) of “Comes a Time” and “Mission in the Rain.”

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