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Finally, we have what is the earliest known video of any Garcia side project, a partial set from 4.2.76 (early show) - here is the finale, an early version of the Jerry Garcia Band’s signature take on Roy Hamilton’s “Don’t Let Go.”

The rest of the recently-surfaced fragment is here:

It cuts in on Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door in progress, if you stick with the infamous glacially slow narcotic arrangement it explodes in a flurry of shredding at the peak. This was around the time Garcia fell in love with these “slow burn” ballad tunes that pay off the tension of the slow tempos with big emotional blasts towards the end. The blues tune Tore Up Over You and an early version of the slow ballad rearrangement of Friend Of The Devil lead up to the big Don’t Let Go set-closer.