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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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The Top 10 Versions of The Music Never Stopped:

9/30/76 - St. John Arena, Columbus, Oh.- STREAM SBD(Parts 1 & 3); SBD(Part 2); AUD

4/29/77 - The Palladium, New York, N.Y.- STREAM SBD

5/9/77 - War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, N.Y.- STREAM SBD; AUD

6/7/77 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca.- STREAM SBD; AUD; MTX

6/9/77 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca.- STREAM SBD; AUD

11/6/77 - Broome County Arena, Binghamton, N.Y.- STREAM SBD; AUD

4/24/78 - Horton Field House, Il. U., Normal, Il.- STREAM SBD

7/7/78 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Co.- STREAM SBD; AUD

1/10/79 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.- STREAM AUD

8/14/79 - McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, Co.-

Honorable Mention:

10/14/76 - Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, Ca.- STREAM SBD; AUD

12/27/77 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca.- STREAM SBD

12/28/79 - Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, Ca.- STREAM SBD; AUD

10/29/80 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, N.Y.- STREAM AUD

10/21/83 - The Centrum, Worcester, Ma.- STREAM SBD; AUD

Note: 9/30/76 and 10/14/76 contain Mind Left Body Jams.

Official Releases
Blues For Allah
8/13/1975 - One From The Vault
6/18/1976 - Download Series Vol. 4
4/30/1977 - Download Series Vol. 1
5/22/1977 - Dick's Picks Vol. 3
9/3/1977 - Dick's Picks Vol. 15
2/3/1978 - Dick's Picks Vol. 18
10/14/1980 - So Many Roads (1965-1995)
8/7/1982 - Dick's Picks Vol. 32
12/31/1987 - Ticket To New Year's (video/DVD only)
4/2/1989 - Download Series Vol. 9
7/17/1989 - Fallout From The Phil Zone
6/14/1991 - View From The Vault II (video/DVD & CD soundtrack)
9/25/1991 - Dick's Picks Vol. 17 Tapers Section Versions:

9/24/1976 - Drums> Slipknot> Franklin's Tower> The Music Never Stopped> Stella Blue> Around and Around
10/3/1976 - Music Never Stopped
4/21/1978 - It's All Over Now, Brown-Eyed Women>Music Never Stopped
4/24/1978 - Music Never Stopped
7/31/1982 - Brown-Eyed Women>The Music Never Stopped>Deal
8/12/1987 - My Brother Esau>Bird Song>Music Never Stopped

The Music Never Stopped
Lyrics: John Barlow
Music: Bob Weir

There's mosquitoes on the river
Fish are rising up like birds
It's been hot for seven weeks now
Too hot to even speak now
Did you hear what I just heard?

Say, it might have been a fiddle
Or it could have been the wind
But there seems to be a beat now
I can feel it in my feet now
Listen here it comes again

There's a band out on the highway
They're high-stepping into town
It's a rainbow full of sound
It's fireworks, calliopes and clowns
Everybody's dancing

Come on children, come on children
Come on clap your hands

Sun went down in honey
And the moon came up in wine
You know stars were spinning dizzy
Lord the band kept us so busy
We forgot about the time

They're a band beyond description
Like Jehovah's favourite choir
People joining hand in hand
While the music plays the band
Lord they're setting us on fire

Crazy rooster crowing midnight
Balls of lightning roll along
Old men sing about their dreams
Women laugh and children scream
And the band keeps playing on

Keep on dancing through to daylight
Greet the morning air with song
No one's noticed but the band's all packed and gone
Was it ever here at all?
But they kept on dancing

Come on children, come on children
Come on clap your hands

Well the cool breeze came on Tuesday
And the corn's a bumper crop
And the fields are full of dancing
Full of singing and romancing
The music never stopped