No matter how inspired the show, no matter how on the boys were at the beginning of 1990, the year is indelibly marred by the passing of Brent Mydland that summer. Brent’s husky voice and soulful R&B style helped to develop the band’s sound throughout the '80s. Listening to this wonderful show, one can’t help but feel a pang of sadness when Brent takes his verse on the “Let the Good Times Roll” opener. His keys are a major force in the mighty “Help > Slip > Frank” triumvirate that follows. When this show (and other nights during the run) was compiled for official release as Dozin’ at the Knick, the powerful version of “Loser” here was oddly left out. It’s a smoker and one of the best versions around. The second set features some truly spaced-out jamming during “Playing in the Band”, “Uncle John’s Band”, and the surprise of the night, the “Mind Left Body” jam out of a killer “Terrapin Station”. A descending, four-chord progression named for its similarity to Paul Kantner’s “Your Mind Has Left Your Body,” "MLB” shows up a lot throughout the Dead’s history during various jams. Here, it gets a full eight minutes of explorations on the theme, creating a transcendent and meditative sound space. After the sonic storm of “Drums” and a terrifying “Space”, a pretty jam into “The Wheel” returns us to that gentle place of bliss. “Watchtower” follows, and like Sept. 18, 1987, it’s a monster. The “Stella Blue” here is as gorgeous a version that Jerry ever sang. By this point, Jerry’s voice now had a grandfatherly quality that knew how to deliver a ballad.