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Top 20 Shows Off The Beaten Path: 1979-1986


The Best Versions Project differs from the lists in the Grateful Dead Taper's Compendium in what Ribot_for_President calls good taste and common sense. This project isn't necessarily definitive, and its not an invitation to debate. Its a list of solid versions that you all ought to hear. For more information about the processes used to create these lists, please check the, About the Projects section on the home page.

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Top 20 Shows From 1979-1986:

10/27/79 - Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth, MA - STREAM SBD; AUD

11/9/79 - War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY - STREAM AUD

12/28/79 - Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, CA - STREAM SBD

9/6/80 - State Fairgrounds, Lewiston, ME - STREAM AUD

5/12/81 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT - STREAM SBD

12/31/81 - Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, CA - STREAM SBD; MTX

7/31/82 - Manor Downs, Austin, TX - STREAM SBD; MTX

10/10/82 - Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford U., Palo Alto, CA - STREAM SBD

10/15/83 - Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT - STREAM SBD; AUD

10/21/83 - The Centrum, Worcester, MA - STREAM SBD

4/20/84 - Civic Convention Hall Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA - STREAM SBD

7/13/84 - Greek Theatre, U. of California, Berkeley, CA - STREAM SBD

11/2/84 - Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA - STREAM SBD

3/28/85 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY - STREAM SBD

6/15/85 - Greek Theatre, U. of California, Berkeley, CA - STREAM SBD

6/24/85 - River Bend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH - STREAM SBD

10/29/85 - Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA - STREAM SBD

11/2/85 - Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA - STREAM SBD

6/21/86 - Greek Theatre, U. of California, Berkeley, CA - STREAM SBD

12/30/86 - Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA - STREAM SBD


2/17/79 - Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, Ca (Keith and Donna's last concert) - STREAM SBD

4/22/79 - Spartan Stadium, San Jose, CA (Brent Mydland's first concert) - STREAM SBD

6/21/80 - West High Auditorium, Anchorage, AK - STREAM SBD

4/18/82 - Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (Earthquake Space) - STREAM SBD

4/19/82 - Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD (Raven Space) - STREAM MTX

7/28/82 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (St. Stephen jam) - STREAM AUD

8/8/82 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI - STREAM SBD

9/2/83 - BSU Pavilion, Boise State University, Boise, ID - STREAM SBD; AUD

12/15/86 - Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA (Garcia's return show after coma) - STREAM SBD; AUD

Honorable Mention:

1/15/79 - Springfield Civic Center Arena, Springfield, MA - STREAM AUD

12/1/79 - Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA - STREAM SBD

5/8/80 - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY - STREAM SBD

4/17/82 - Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT - STREAM SBD

5/22/82 - Greek Theatre, U. of California, Berkeley, CA - STREAM SBD

6/28/85 - Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA - STREAM SBD