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The Top 31 Jam Segments


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Hey, fans! Happy Day of the Dead!

As some of you may know, we here at the Grateful Dead Clubhouse have been working on the critically acclaimed Best Versions Project for more than a year now. At some point, when we were bickering about whether 2/18/71 should make our Dark Star list, someone suggested that we do a Best Segments Project for stuff that just didn't fit anywhere else. Well, it took us nearly three months, but it's finally done.

Way way back in August, as we started listening/discussing, we decided that we needed some parameters. While it might be said that some were playing MMO games, the crew here was gratefully working on comprising the task at hand.We agreed that eligible segments would be "at least three songs, segued together" - not including Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven or Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower. But any component of those triplets could count as one song toward the three-song limit. And the Weather Report and Cryptical Envelopment Suites could each count as one song toward the limit.

As originally pitched, the idea was a Top 25 list, with our usual Historically Significant and Honorable Mention add-ons. The "HS" and "HM" lists got unmanageable pretty quickly - segments that deserved to be ON the list (e.g. 4/29/71) were being relegated to the HS list for legitimate reasons (last Fillmore East show, last Alligator). So we (or actually, I) decided to scrap the HS/HM lists and make this project a straight Top 25.

That move met with immediate and vehement disagreement. Folks thought we couldn't whittle down to just 25. Anyway, they argued, 25 isn't even a round number, and what's more, it's arbitrary: just b/c college football uses it, does that mean we have to? If we're going to pick an arbitrary number, they continued, why not make it something prime, you know? (At that point, somebody mentioned "thick air." I'm telling you, feathers were definitely ruffled, lol.)

So we're doing a Top 31 (?!) list. The plan is to post the list today, then work on sendspaces for the tradeable segments and post them in a few weeks. After that, we'll officially be on hiatus for a bit, but look for us in GD threads on a green board near you.

The usual boilerplate...

The Best Segments Project differs from the lists in the GD Taper's Compendium in what Ribot_for_President calls "good taste and common sense." This project isn't necessarily definitive (well, it kinda is to us), and it’s not an invitation to debate. It’s a list of solid segments that you all ought to hear.

Then, enough ado, the list...


The Grateful Dead’s Top 31 Jam Segments:

Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > New Potato Caboose > Jam > Drums > Jam > Feedback

Alligator > Drums > Jam > And We Bid You Goodnight Jam > Jam > Caution Jam > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Feedback > And We Bid You Goodnight
Fillmore West '69 Box Set

Dark Star > The Other One > Dark Star > Uncle John's Jam > Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Jam > Main Ten Jam > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Feedback > And We Bid You Goodnight
Dick’s Picks #16; Weinberg AUD

Dark Star > Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Turn On Your Lovelight
Dick’s Picks #4; SBD

Dark Star > St. Stephen > Drums > Not Fade Away > Darkness Jam > China Cat Jam > Jam > Not Fade Away > Turn On Your Lovelight

Alligator > Drums > Jam > Not Fade Away > GDTRFB > Mountain Jam > Not Fade Away > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Turn On Your Lovelight
Weinberg AUD

Dark Star > Wharf Rat > Dark Star (aka Beautiful Jam) > Me and My Uncle
So Many Roads Box Set (Beautiful Jam only); SBD

Alligator > Drums > Jam > GDTRFB > Cold Rain and Snow
Ladies and Gentlemen…the Grateful Dead; Weinberg AUD

Truckin’ > Drums > The Other One

Truckin' > Drums > The Other One > Sittin' On Top of the World > The Other One > Not Fade Away > GDTRFB > Not Fade Away

Dark Star > Sugar Magnolia > Good Lovin' > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Who Do You Love? > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Good Lovin' > Not Fade Away > GDTRFB > NFA

Dark Star > Drums > Dark Star > Sugar Magnolia > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Who Do You Love? > Jam > Truckin' > Uncle John’s Band

Truckin' > The Other One > Morning Dew > The Other One > Sing Me Back Home

Playing in the Band > Drums > Dark Star > Morning Dew > Playing in the Band

He's Gone > Truckin' > Spanish Jam > Dark Star > Sing Me Back Home > Sugar Magnolia
Bertha Remaster SBD

He's Gone > Truckin' > Drums > The Other One > Spanish Jam > I Know You Rider

He's Gone > Truckin' > Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam > Bass Solo > Jam > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Sugar Magnolia
SBD; Amick AUD

Dark Star > Mind Left Body Jam > Dark Star Jam > Eyes of the World > Stella Blue

Dark Star > Mind Left Body Jam > Eyes of the World > China Doll

Truckin' > The Other One > Mind Left Body Jam > Stella Blue > Sugar Magnolia
SBD; Wolfson AUD

Mississippi Half-Step > Playing in the Band > El Paso > Playing in the Band > Wharf Rat Jam > Dark Star Jam > Wharf Rat > Playing in the Band > Morning Dew
SBD; Finley AUD

Truckin' > Jam > Mind Left Body Jam > Not Fade Away > GDTRFB > One More Saturday Night

Dark Star Jam > Spanish Jam > U.S. Blues
So Many Roads Box Set; SBD/AUD; Moore AUD

Weather Report Suite: Prelude > Weather Report Suite: Part 1 > Let It Grow > Space > Mind Left Body Jam > Jam > U.S. Blues
Dick’s Picks #12; Moore AUD

He's Gone > The Other One > Spanish Jam > Mind Left Body Jam > The Other One > Stella Blue
 The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack

Comes a Time > Jam > The Other One Jam > Drums > The Other One > Space > Eyes of the World > Jam > The Other One > GDTRFB > One More Saturday Night
SBD; Menke AUD

Playing in the Band > Drums > The Wheel > Jam > Good Lovin' > Jam > Comes a Time > Dancing in the Street > Not Fade Away > Dancing in the Street > Around and Around
SBD/AUD; Humboldt? AUD


Sugar Magnolia > Eyes of the World > Wharf Rat > Drums > Good Lovin' > Samson and Delilah
Live at the Cow Palace

Playing in the Band > Terrapin Station > Drums > Not Fade Away > Wharf Rat > Playing in the Band
SBD; Moore AUD

Jam > Drums > Jam > Jack-A-Roe > Playing in the Band > Shakedown Street > If I Had the World to Give > Playing in the Band > Around and Around
SBD/AUD; Bertrando AUD

Dancing in the Street > Franklin's Tower > He's Gone > The Other One > Drums > Not Fade Away > Black Peter > Around and Around

Charlie Miller SBD;; Rolfe AUD



These were the versions on the debate table until the end. With a project such as this we felt it remiss to not mention these as they are all serious business Dead jam segments. We also avoid lighting the fire under hot-heads such as myself by including versions that some may have felt strongly about.


Cryptical Envelopment> The Other One> Cryptical Envelopment> Clementine> New Potato Caboose> Born Cross-Eyed> Spanish Jam - SBD


Dark Star> Spanish Jam> Lovelight - SBD


Cryptical Envelopment -> Drums -> Jam -> Drums -> The Other One -> Cryptical Envelopment -> Dire Wolf - SBD


Dark Star> Sugar Magnolia> Caution - Steppin' Out With The Grateful Dead


He’s Gone> Truckin> Jam> Other One> Brokedown - SBD


Dark Star-> Eyes Of The World-> China Doll - SBD


He's Gone> Truckin> Other One> Eyes> China Doll - SBD


Truckin> Other One> WRS Prelude> WRS Part 1> Let It Grow> Sugar Magnolia - SBD


Truckin> Eyes> Slipknot> China Doll> Saturday Night - SBD


Truckin> Other One Jam> Spanish Jam> Wharf Rat> Sugar Magnolia - Moore Aud


Sugar Magnolia> He's Gone> Truckin> Caution Jam> Drums> Space> Truckin> Black Peter - The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack


Playin> China Cat> I Know You Rider> China Doll> Playin> Drums> NFA> Playin – Dick’s Picks #10


Quick note:

Since we finished Lovelight over the summer, the rumored GDP/Rhino Records deal went down, and the Rhinos met with some GDP-affiliated guys (Lemieux, Norman, Gans) to get their two-cents on what direction to take vis-a-vis the vault. There has been some fairly reliable scuttlebutt that the next release will be 12/31/76, sometime after the new year. Excellent news: Not only is the first Rhino release a great show, but it's also a great omen that Rhino is interested in hearing from guys who know/love this music.

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