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The Top 31 Jam Segments - The Other 28

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 and when we posted our final results we included an additional 12 jam segments that were the final segments dropped from contention. That still left 28 other jam segments that at least one person had voted for, so at least one of us thought each of the following jam segments to be among the top 31 ever. We hope you have as much fun listening to them as we had arguing over them.

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:

The Other 28

02/14/68:
Cryptical Envelopment-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopment-> New Potato Caboose-> Born Cross-Eyed-> Spanish Jam
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02/28/69:
Alligator-> Drums-> Drummer's Chant> Drums> Power Jam> Alligator-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Feedback-> We Bid You Good Night
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12/11/69:
Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Cosmic Charlie
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01/03/70:
Alligator > Drums > Jam > Bid You Goodnight Jam > Jam > Alligator Jam & Reprise > Caution Jam > Feedback
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02/14/70:
Alligator > Drums > Me And My Uncle > Not Fade Away > Mason's Children > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > We Bid You Good Night
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03/21/70:
Saint Stephen> Not Fade Away> Jam> Not Fade Away> Midnight Hour> Turn on Your Love Light
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05/02/70:
Saint Stephen-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Cosmic Charlie
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06/24/70:
Dark Star-> Attics Of My Life-> Dark Star-> Sugar Magnolia-> Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider
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04/28/71:
Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away
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11/15/71:
Not Fade Away-> China Cat Sunflower Jam-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away
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05/03/72:
Truckin'-> Space-> The Other One-> Drums-> The Other One Jam-> Space-> Me And Bobby McGee-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat
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05/25/72:
Uncle John's Band-> Jam-> Wharf Rat-> Dark Star-> Sugar Magnolia
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09/28/72:
He's Gone-> The Other One-> Me And Bobby McGee-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat
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12/31/72:
Truckin'-> The Other One-> Drums-> The Other One-> Morning Dew
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3/22/73:
Truckin'-> The Other One-> Eyes Of The World-> China Doll
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04/02/73:
Here Comes Sunshine-> Jam-> Space-> Me And Bobby McGee
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11/17/73:
Playing In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Morning Dew-> Uncle John's Band-> Playing In The Band
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12/02/73:
Wharf Rat-> Mississippi Half Step-> Playin' In The Band-> Mind Left Body Jam-> He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Stella Blue
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07/19/74:
Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> Eyes Of The World-> China Doll
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09/28/75:
Truckin'-> The Eleven Jam-> Drums -> Stronger Than Dirt Or Milkin' The Turkey-> Not Fade Away -> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad -> One More Saturday Night
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07/16/76:
Playing In The Band-> Stronger Than Dirt Or Milkin' The Turkey-> Cosmic Charlie-> Samson And Delilah -> Spanish Jam-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Space Jam-> Playing In The Band Reprise-> Around And Around
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05/08/77:
Saint Stephen > Not Fade Away > Saint Stephen > Morning Dew
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05/19/77:
Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Drums-> The Wheel-> China Doll-> Playin' In The Band
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11/05/79:
Eyes Of The World-> Estimated Prophet-> Franklin's Tower-> Drums-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Sugar Magnolia
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12/01/79:
He's Gone-> Gloria Jam-> CC Rider-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnoliat
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05/06/81:
He's Gone-> Drums-> Space-> The Other One-> Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad-> Wharf Rat-> Good Lovin'
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05/12/81:
Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone*-> Drums-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia
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03/24/90:
Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Terrapin Station-> Mind Left Body Jam-> Drums-> Space-> The Wheel-> All Along The Watchtower-> Stella Blue-> Not Fade Away
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