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Lakeland Civic Center
Lakeland, Florida

There might only be one extant show from the three the Dead played on this date, but it is a really fine little masterpiece that would probably otherwise be overlooked. So, we are as pleased to make it our Dead of the Day. The show gets out of the gate with a nice Jack Straw before heading into a lovely Peggy-O with some studied playing by Jerry that seems to mesh perfectly with Bobby’s guitar work, Brent’s keys, and Phil’s relaxed bass. And, as the boys proceed from there, the band continues in similar fashion, serving up nearly perfect packages filled with spirited playing, fine musicianship, and near mind-meld precision, even when they head off on a scintillating jam, which frequently...