Been deep diving on “primal” dead the last month or so. Haven’t been posting here much because life and stuff, but man I’ve really been getting into 67-69. Not that I was unfamiliar with it or didn’t enjoy it, but I’ve been doing a lot more deep listening than I have in the past and branching out in the archive from the beaten path of official releases, including the often cited ARK run (although I think one of those was in the porch crusher), several random dart-throw shows - haven’t been taking good notes. On 2/22/69 today - interesting, contemplative Dark Star into a typically smoking, edge of the seat TOO at this moment. So much face-melting aggressive jamming in those days. Had to be just mind blowing to see at that time compared to most everything else going on in music. That applies to most eras of Dead I guess but I would think even more so in the 60s. ...Listened to a Viola Lee from ‘67 a few days ago that had to have made everyone in the hall crap their pants in simultaneous elation and abject terror. I can’t recall which one it was now and I didn’t take notes. I’ll go looking for it again this week though.