I’m with plnnr on Wake of the Flood being the coolest studio release…At the Mars Hotel has some clunkers on it, even though “Scarlet Begonias” and “U.S. Blues” make up for them, not to mention the great backwards-message “Ugly Roomers” graphics… and with Frank and Dooku on the absolute necessity of getting a copy of Europe '72.
That said, you could have done much worse than Dick’s Picks Volume One. That IS a damn fine “Here Comes Sunshine,” and is, I believe, the only commercially available live version of that tune at ALL.
THAT said, I was actually thinking about you the other day, while I was listening to Dick’s Picks Volume Four, the Valentine’s Day show at the Fillmore East in 1970. “THIS is the disc Euty should be gettin’ for himself,” I thought.
Introductory remarks by Zacherle (whoa!)…half-hour take on “Dark Star” that starts out hot, then wanders beautifully into the Allman Bros.'s “Mountain Jam” (the Allmans were also on the program that night, and I guess the boys wanted to toss 'em a little bone), then comes back around to “Dark Star”…a wonderful “Alligator”…and a rare live perf of “Mason’s Children,” possibly the weirdest Dead song ever, never made it onto a studio recording, always sounded to me like a tribute to Charles Manson even though nobody admits it.