In my opinion Victim was unique because it was a song that DEVOLVED over time. Most Dead songs got better with age. Not Victim
Again, this is my opinion but I personally much preferred the very early versions (summer of 88) to the what victim eventually became.
To me, after 89, Victim just was TOO much of everything. Too many effects, too over-arranged, just generally overdone in every which way instrumentally. Jerry was too saturated, Bobby was too angular, it just became a mess.
My favorite victim ever is the second one they ever did, in Alpine Valley 6/20/88. They opened the second set with it, and it was powerful. Mickey and Billy were just nailing the floor tom on the backbeat which gave it a wicked, driving feel. Jerry is on top of his game here too, but not over the top. He gets some trey-like sustain happening. Definitely my favorite Victim. I wish is stayed like this.
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