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Best of Bertha


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.

And now...

The Top 10 Versions of Bertha

8/6/71- Hollywood Palladium - Hollywood, CA - STREAM AUD

8/26/71- Gaelic Park - Bronx, NY - STREAM SBD

11/6/71 - Harding Theater - San Francisco, CA - STREAM SBD

8/27/72 - Old Renaissance Faire Grounds - Veneta, OR - STREAM SBD

9/23/72 - The Palace Theater - Waterbury, CT - STREAM SBD

8/4/74 - Philadelphia Civic Center - Philadelphia, PA - STREAM SBD; AUD; MTX

5/28/77 - Hartford Civic Center - Hartford, CT - STREAM SBD

10/29/77 - Field House (Northern Illinois University) - De Kalb, IL - STREAM SBD

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

9/26/81 - War Memorial Auditorium - Buffalo, NY- STREAM SBD

Honorable Mention:

4/14/72 - Tivoii Gardens - Copenhagen, Denmark - STREAM SBD; AUD

12/3/81 - Dane County Coliseum - Madison, WI - STREAM AUD

9/7/83 - Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO - STREAM AUD

10/23/89 - Charlotte Coliseum - Charlotte, NC - STREAM SBD

9/19/90 - Madison Square Garden - New York City, NY - STREAM SBD; MTX; AUD

Historically Significant:

2/18/71 - Capitol Theater - Port Chester, NY - First Played - STREAM SBD

4/29/71 - Fillmore East - New York City, NY - Last Fillmore East Concert - STREAM SBD; MTX

 10/19/71 - Northrop Auditorium, U. Of Minn. - Minneapolis, MN - First with Keith -STREAM SBD

3/23/74 -
Cow Palace - Daly City, CA - Wall of Sound Soundcheck - STREAM SBD

6/4/78 -
Campus Stadium, UC Santa Barbara - Goleta, CA - Uncle Bobo's Afternoon Concert - STREAM SBD

9/16/78 -
Son Et Lumiere Theater - Giza, XEgypt - Egypt - STREAM SBD; MTX

2/17/79 -
Oakland Coliseum - Oakland, CA - Last with Donna and Keith - STREAM SBD

4/22/79 -
Spartan Stadium - San Jose, CA - First with Brent - STREAM SBD

6/7/80 -
Folsom Field (University Of Colorado) - Boulder, CO - 15th Anniversary Celebration - STREAM AUD

12/10/93 -
Los Angeles Sports Arena - Los Angeles, CA - With Branford Marsalis - STREAM SBD

6/27/95 - The Palace - Auburn Hills, MI - Last Time Played


Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

I had a hard run
Running from your window
I was all night running, running
Lord, I wonder if you care
I had a run in
Run around and a run down
Run around the corner, corner
Lord ran smack into a tree

I had to move
Really had to move
That's why if you please
I am on my bended knees
Bertha don't you come around here any more

Dressed myself in green
Lord I went down unto the sea
Try to see what's going down
Try to read between the lines
I had a feeling I was falling, falling, falling
I turned round to see
Heard a voice a-calling
Lord you was coming after me


Ran into a rain-storm
Ducked into a bar door
It's all night pouring, pouring rain
Lord but not a drop on me
Test me, test me, test me, test me
Why don't you arrest me
Throw me in the jail house
Lord, until the sun go down


The Annotated Bertha


Here are Bertha official releases:

1971-04-27 - Skulls & Roses
1971-04-29 - Ladies And Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead
1971-08-07 - Dick's Picks, Volume 35
1971-10-26 - Download Series, Volume 3
1972-04-26 - Hundred Year Hall
1973-12-10 - Download Series, Volume 8
1974-03-23 - Dick's Picks, Volume 24
1976-09-25 - Dick's Picks, Volume 20
1976-12-31 - Live At The Cow Palace
1977-04-30 - Download Series, Volume 1
1977-05-21 - Dick's Picks, Volume 29
1977-09-03 - Dick's Picks, Volume 15
1977-12-29 - Dick's Picks, Volume 10
1978-02-05 - Dick's Picks, Volume 18
1978-05-10 - Dick's Picks, Volume 25
1987-07-24 - View From The Vault IV (DVD & CD soundtrack)
1987-12-31 - Ticket To New Year's (video/DVD only)
1989-04-03 - Download Series, Volume 9
1989-07-04 - Truckin' Up To Buffalo (DVD & CD soundtrack)