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The Top 31 Jam Segments

Sometime during our second year of work on these projects,, when we were bickering about whether 2/18/71 should make our Dark Star list, someone suggested that we do a best jam segments project for stuff that just didn't fit anywhere else. Around a year and a half later we finally got into it and after three fun filled, and often acrimonious, months we concluded the final round of voting.

In the first days when we started listening/discussing, we decided to nail down the projects parameters before unnecessarily spending time listening to stuff that would end up not qualifying. 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 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, it was argued that 25 isn't even a round number, and what's more, it's arbitrary: just b/c college football uses it, does not mean that we have to? The arguing continued...If we're going to pick an arbitrary number, why not make it something prime? No brainer obviously. (At that point, somebody mentioned "thick air." I'm telling you, feathers were definitely ruffled, lol.)

Eventually a Top 31 list was agreed to.. (Click here to see the 28 other segments that were in consideration)

STANDARD DISCLAIMER:
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.

And now...

 

The Grateful Dead's Top 31 Jam Segments:

10/12/68:
Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > New Potato Caboose > Jam > Drums > Jam > Feedback
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3/2/69:
Alligator > Drums > Jam > And We Bid You Goodnight Jam > Jam > Caution Jam > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Feedback > And We Bid You Goodnight
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11/8/69:
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
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2/13/70:
Dark Star > Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Turn On Your Lovelight
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9/19/70:
Dark Star > St. Stephen > Drums > Not Fade Away > Darkness Jam > China Cat Jam > Jam > Not Fade Away > Turn On Your Lovelight
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11/6/70:
Alligator > Drums > Jam > Not Fade Away > GDTRFB > Mountain Jam > Not Fade Away > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Turn On Your Lovelight
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2/18/71:
Dark Star > Wharf Rat > Dark Star (aka Beautiful Jam) > Me and My Uncle
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4/29/71:
Alligator > Drums > Jam > GDTRFB > Cold Rain and Snow
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8/14/71:
Truckin’ > Drums > The Other One
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12/10/71:
Truckin' > Drums > The Other One > Sittin' On Top of the World > The Other One > Not Fade Away > GDTRFB > Not Fade Away
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4/14/72:
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
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5/11/72:
Dark Star > Drums > Dark Star > Sugar Magnolia > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Who Do You Love? > Jam > Truckin' > Uncle John’s Band
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5/26/72:
Truckin' > The Other One > Morning Dew > The Other One > Sing Me Back Home
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10/18/72:
Playing in the Band > Drums > Dark Star > Morning Dew > Playing in the Band
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3/24/73:
He's Gone > Truckin' > Spanish Jam > Dark Star > Sing Me Back Home > Sugar Magnolia
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3/31/73:
He's Gone > Truckin' > Drums > The Other One > Spanish Jam > I Know You Rider
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6/22/73:
He's Gone > Truckin' > Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam > Bass Solo > Jam > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Sugar Magnolia
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10/25/73:
Dark Star > Mind Left Body Jam > Dark Star Jam > Eyes of the World > Stella Blue
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11/11/73:
Dark Star > Mind Left Body Jam > Eyes of the World > China Doll
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11/20/73:
Truckin' > The Other One > Mind Left Body Jam > Stella Blue > Sugar Magnolia
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11/21/73:
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
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5/19/74:
Truckin' > Jam > Mind Left Body Jam > Not Fade Away > GDTRFB > One More Saturday Night
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6/23/74:
Dark Star Jam > Spanish Jam > U.S. Blues
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6/28/74:
Weather Report Suite: Prelude > Weather Report Suite: Part 1 > Let It Grow > Space > Mind Left Body Jam > Jam > U.S. Blues
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10/17/74:
He's Gone > The Other One > Spanish Jam > Mind Left Body Jam > The Other One > Stella Blue
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7/17/76:
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
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10/3/76:
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
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12/31/76:

Sugar Magnolia > Eyes of the World > Wharf Rat > Drums > Good Lovin' > Samson and Delilah
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5/28/77:
Playing in the Band > Terrapin Station > Drums > Not Fade Away > Wharf Rat > Playing in the Band
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11/20/78:
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
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10/27/79:
Dancing in the Street > Franklin's Tower > He's Gone > The Other One > Drums > Not Fade Away > Black Peter > Around and Around

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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.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.



01/23/68:

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

02/11/70:

Dark Star> Spanish Jam> Lovelight - STREAM SBD

04/15/70:

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

04/08/72:

Dark Star> Sugar Magnolia> Caution - STREAM SBD

11/17/72:

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

02/15/73:

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

05/26/73:

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

10/23/73:

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

06/20/74:

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

06/26/74:

Truckin> Other One Jam> Spanish Jam> Wharf Rat> Sugar Magnolia - STREAM MTX

10/19/74:

Sugar Magnolia> He's Gone> Truckin> Caution Jam> Drums> Space> Truckin> Black Peter - STREAM SBD

12/29/77:

Playin> China Cat> I Know You Rider> China Doll> Playin> Drums> NFA> Playin – STREAM AUD