1974-06-26, this show has without a doubt the BEST Chinacat>Rider ever! You just have to hear it, it starts off as a Dark Star-like jam before moving into a spacey Chinacat, then the UJB jam and Rider to follow, naturally. Its just great!
That's a true great, however I have always been very partial to the hot transition jams from 11/14/1973 and 9/8/1973... a post-retirement one that is bursting with the most amazing incredible Jerry-riffic energy is 10/12/1981 (check out the Estimated>GDTRFB from that show too...whew!!!)
6-26-74 (DP12) China/Rider is my fav too. Mostly because of the intro jam. Check out 5-17-74 and 5-19-74 as well. Hell, just about any 72-74 version will do ya good. I think that little jam in the middle needs a new name becuase it's neither a Feelin' groovy or UJB jam but snippets of both as well as other stuff too.
Yea I love that little jam at the intro too. It doesn't mean it has the very hottest of all the transitions, but it's definitely a bonafide true ass-kickin 72-74 C>R. I haven't found that giddy extended intro anywhere else.
Ah yes, the first time I was hearing it I was telling myself that this one is going to go into Dark Star, some sort of a hybrid maybe, they'll change the key anytime now and everyone who thought they are hearing the beginning of chinacat are gonna be had. But no, I was the one who've been had, but still...
My favorite at the moment would have to be the one from 9-11-73. In fact that whole show is awesome if you ask me. The Halfstep toodeloo in that is nasty. Awesome loser. Let it grow with some sax action. You should check it out.