|1985-11-23||Whipping Post||Plainfield, VT||27:26||Labeled "Whipping Post Jam" in the Setlist, little of this 27 minute open-ended improv session sounds anything like the song. It's more of an early example of the band's inherent improvisational nature. Even if not superb music, it's worth the journey back in time to hear where it all came from.|
|1986-05-17||Halley's||Plainfield, VT||0:00||Debut, with Richard "Nancy" Wright on vocals. (Does not circulate.)|
|1986-10-12||Wilson||Plainfield, VT||6:40||First recorded live version at Goddard College has a snappier beat, and a goofier vocal delivery than the more bombastic, arena rock version we've come to adore. At the first instrumental break preceding "Mike Christian", the band gets almost silent, the small audience claps the beat, spurring a spritely, fusion jam unlike any modern version of Wilson you've heard.|
|1986-10-12||Halley's||Plainfield, VT||7:47||Nice little rocking jam at the end of this early version.|
|1986-10-12||Possum||Plainfield, VT||5:48||-> in from "Halley's." First version with Mike taking the lead on vocals, without Jeff, and with the familiar Trey-led jam.|
|1986-10-31||Jam||Plainfield, VT||5:45||A really good Trey-led jam opens Set II. Rocking and blues-infused, this offers a glimpse at early improvisation. > to "Bag."|
|1986-10-31||Bowie||Plainfield, VT||10:05||Earliest known live version. Jam is played at a slowed tempo initially, but picks up speed and intensity as it develops.|
|1987-10-31||Jam||Plainfield, VT||8:06||A free-form jam, apparently played together with the band the Joneses opens the show, with Trey on drums at first. The jam structure improves once Trey jumps to guitar, and includes some "Low Rider" teases. -> to "Whipping Post."|
|1988-10-29||Foam||Plainfield, VT||4:27||Debut. First version contains only the composed and lyrical sections with no jam component.|
|1988-10-29||Wilson||Plainfield, VT||5:23||An otherwise standard-for-the-era version gets a unique boost courtesy of guest saxophonist Russ Remington (of Giant Country Horns and TAB fame.) Unfinished.|
|1989-10-31||Bowie||Plainfield, VT||20:36||The "Mac 'N Cheese" version (see Setlist). Breaks away from standard "Bowie" at about 9:00 into some jarring jamming similar to "DEG." Another early one that gets WAY OUT there and includes a jam on "I'm A Man" (Spencer Davis Group) at about 16:45. Powerful trill section.|
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