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Stanley Theater
Jersey City, New Jersey

There is nowhere else we would rather go for our Dead of the Day than one of the best shows of 1972, at the Stanley Theater in Jersey City. Morning Dew cracks the show open, tumbling out in resplendent fashion and building to an incredible crescendo. If Jerry’s guitar does not give you goosebumps on this track, then you are not listening closely enough. According to Bobby, the drummer’s choice comes next, beginning with a seven-beat intro into BIOTDL. Magnificently well-played songs pile up on one another with Bird Song and Brokedown rising above even this rarified group. And the set goes out on a high note with the China> Rider, Playin’; really, what more could one ask...