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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Listen to The Finest Versions of 11 Garcia Ballads as Voted on by Fans, 1971-1994

A wonderful Garcia song towards the end of the night makes a show or a year.  Note that when you consider the top-voted Garcia ballads from headyversions and Deadbase 11, you find that 9 of 11 best favorite versions are ranked in the top-6 shows of the year they were played.

For more on these tunes see http://www.gratefulseconds.com/2017/03/set-structure-ii-garcia-mood-shifters.html





Some of the versions shine by the company they keep, Beautful Jam, St Stephen, Caution Jam, Split Sugars, got my Mojo working, and other rarities.

I should note Happy 25th birthday to Standing on the Moon top-version, August 21, 1993.

Interesting that most of these come from the 1970s with a few coming at the end in the 90s when Standing on the Moon and Days Between came about.

Rankings are the headyversion and the Deadbase 11 versions.

https://www.reddit.com/r/gratefuldead/comments/35w4n8/ballads/




1. Wharf Rat   Heady  2-18-71 #3 show of year in both lists.  This is the only Garcia Ballad Hall of Famer top-voted that was in set one!



 2. Sing Me Back Home 8-27-72 #1 show of 1972.    we all know it, this is the beauty that comes out at the end of the show.



3. Ship of Fools 6-23-74  #10 show of the year  Jam-> Ship of Fools,



4. Morning Dew 5-8-77  #1  in both lists   we all know this one


5.  Comes A Time  5-9-77 #2 in both votes.  This IS the one too



6. China Doll 5-19-77 #5 show of the year    Playin' in the Band>Uncle John's Band>The Wheel>
China Doll>Playin' in the Band



7. Black Peter  10-29-77 #11  10-19-74  # 1show of the year
The heady and Deadbase voters split here:

10-29-77 De Kalb Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia



10-19-74Sugar Magnolia>He's Gone>Truckin'>Caution Jam>Truckin'>Black Peter>Sunshine Daydream  Buy the Winterland soundtrack!

8. Stella Blue 10-21-78 #5  6-14-91 #6 show of the year also had split headyversion and deadbase favs

10-21-78 Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone->Mojo> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia



6-14-91Estimated Prophet>Dark Star>D/S>Stella Blue> Love Light


9. If I Had the World to Give  11-20-78 #20 show of the year, not polled in deadbase, but is in headyversions.  From the crazy Cleveland show.  I saw 11-21, so missed this by one night   rats!


10. Standing on the Moon 8-21-93 #6  show of 1993.
Happy birthday


11. Days Between  12-11-94 Unranked   8-22-93 #3 show of 1994.