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Fillmore East
New York, New York

One of the best versions of Hard to Handle graces the first set, filled with absolute Pig brilliance. Up next, there is a sweet, melancholy Me and Bobby McGee that will leave you wistfully thinking back on old relationships and just generally longing for lost loves. The Cold Rain and Snow that follows, though, send all those thoughts out of your mind with Jerry’s strong guitar and vocals. Pig delivers much of the same on harp during The Rub, ending with more than a little noodling on the Playing theme before they actually go into that tune in earnest. The only Friend of the Devil of ’71 -which is bizarre considering how many times they played it in both 1970, when...