Grateful Dead Live Recordings

The table below shows the total number of live recordings issued of each song, including Vault releases, Dick's Picks, Download Series and others. It also shows the total number of times the Grateful Dead played each song, and the percentage of those that have been issued. For a fuller explanation of these and other columns see the key at the end. Thanks to Eric Levy for his help in drawing this up - though any errors in updating it are mine not his!.

Updated to include RFK Stadium 1989 Box, Dave's Picks Volume 23, Long Strange Trip Soundtrack, May 1977: Get Shown The Light Box, Dave's Picks Volume 22, Dave's Picks Volume 21, The Grateful Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition, Dave's Picks Volume 20, Dave's Picks Volume 19, July 1978: The Complete Recordings, Dave's Picks Volume 18, Dave's Picks Volume 17, 30 Trips Around The Sun,

SONG TITLE Live
Rec's
Times
Played
Percent Studio
Rec's
Video
Rec's
Jams Other
Recs
Notes
Playing In The Band 109 582 18.7 2 7 1   (b)
Sugar Magnolia 94 594 15.8 1 5   1 (ss)
The Other One 94 583 16.1   5 2   (a)
China Cat Sunflower 88 554 15.9 1 7      
I Know You Rider 86 550 15.6 2 6     (v)
Me And My Uncle 85 616 13.8   3      
Not Fade Away 84 531 15.8 1 7   1 (tt)
Jack Straw 77 473 16.3   3      
Truckin' 75 519 14.5 1 5   2 (dd)(uu)
Good Lovin' 72 428 16.8 3 3      
Bertha 67 394 17.0   4   1 (aa)
Big River 66 397 16.6   3      
Dark Star 66 219 30.1 1 5 2 1 (c)(rr)
Tennessee Jed 64 433 14.8   1      
Estimated Prophet 64 390 16.4 1 5      
Deal 63 423 14.9 1 4     (j)
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad 62 293 21.2   2      
Wharf Rat 61 394 15.5   3      
Eyes Of The World 61 381 16.0 1 1     (jj)
The Promised Land 58 427 13.6 1 2      
Sugaree 57 357 16.0 1     1 (j)(bb)
Brown Eyed Women 57 347 16.4       2 (f)
One More Saturday Night 57 340 16.8 1 2     (l)
Scarlet Begonias 57 316 18.0 1 4      
Uncle John's Band 55 332 16.6 1 6 1    
Looks Like Rain 53 417 12.7 1 3     (l)
El Paso 53 388 13.7   1      
Beat It On Down The Line 53 325 16.3 1        
New Minglewood Blues 52 435 12.0 2 4      
Casey Jones 52 312 16.7 1 1   2 (h)(ll)
Loser 51 345 14.8 1 1     (j)
He's Gone 50 328 15.2   2      
Ramble On Rose 49 316 15.5   2      
Mexicali Blues 48 435 11.0 1 3     (l)
Morning Dew 48 254 18.9 1 2      
Around And Around 47 418 11.2   1      
Samson And Delilah 45 364 12.4 1 3      
Black Throated Wind 45 158 28.5 1 1     (l)
Turn On Your Lovelight 44 341 12.9   2      
Cumberland Blues 44 223 19.7 1 1      
Let It Grow 42 276 15.2 2 3     (d)
Cassidy 41 334 12.3 1 3     (l)
Stella Blue 41 328 12.5 1 3      
U.S.Blues 41 323 12.7 1 2      
Johnny B Goode 40 284 14.1   3   1 (h)
Saint Stephen 40 165 24.2 2 1      
Terrapin Station 38 302 12.6 1 6     (e)
Mississippi Half-Step 38 234 16.2 1 1      
The Music Never Stopped 38 234 16.2 1 2      
Lady With A Fan 37 301 12.3 1 7     (e)
Fire On The Mountain 37 253 14.6 2 5     (x)
Row Jimmy 36 274 13.1 1 4      
Cold Rain And Snow 35 241 14.5 3 3     (ee)
Greatest Story Ever Told 33 280 11.8 2 3     (k)
Black Peter 31 343 9.0 1 1      
Friend Of The Devil 31 304 10.2 1 4      
Big Railroad Blues 31 175 17.7          
Peggy-O 30 265 11.3 2        
They Love Each Other 30 227 13.2 1       (i)
Mama Tried 28 302 9.3   2      
Candyman 28 277 10.1 1 2      
Mister Charlie 28 48 58.3          
Dire Wolf 27 226 11.9 1 1      
Bird Song 26 296 8.8 1 4     (j)
Cryptical Envelopment 25 132 18.9          
Dancing In The Street 25 123 20.3 1     1 (n)
The Wheel 24 258 9.3 1 1   1 (j)(oo)
Ship Of Fools 24 225 10.7 1 1      
Brokedown Palace 24 215 11.2 1        
Me And Bobby McGee 24 118 20.3          
Next Time You See Me 24 72 33.3          
Franklin's Tower 23 221 10.4 1 2      
It Must Have Been The Roses 23 159 14.5 1       (i)
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) 23 56 41.1     2 1 (g)
Don't Ease Me In 22 316 7.0 3 2     (ee)
Supplication 22 113 19.5     1    
The Eleven 22 93 23.7 1   2   (ff)
Big Boss Man 22 71 31.0   1   1 (kk)
And We Bid You Goodnight 22 61 36.1   2   1 (g)
Weather Report Suite Prelude 22 52 42.3 2        
Chinatown Shuffle 22 28 78.6          
I Need A Miracle 21 271 7.7 1 4      
Lazy Lightnin' 21 111 18.9          
High Time 19 133 14.3 1        
China Doll 19 114 16.7 2 1      
Weather Report Suite Part 1 19 47 40.4 2        
Shakedown Street 18 163 11.0 1 4      
Jack-a-Roe 18 115 15.7 1 2      
Comes A Time 18 66 27.3 1       (i)
Little Red Rooster 17 272 6.3   3      
It Hurts Me Too 17 47 36.2   1   1 (n)
Saint Of Circumstance 16 222 7.2 1 2      
Iko Iko 16 185 8.6 1 3      
Slipknot 16 112 14.3 1 1      
Help On The Way 16 110 14.5 1 1      
Passenger 16 98 16.3 1     1 (g)
Althea 15 272 5.5 1       (w)
Throwing Stones 15 265 5.7 1 3      
Feel Like A Stranger 15 207 7.2 1 1      
It's All Over Now 15 160 9.4   3      
Hard To Handle 15 105 14.3   2     (kk)
Hell In A Bucket 14 216 6.5 1 3      
Stagger Lee 13 146 8.9 1 2      
Lost Sailor 13 145 9.0 1 1      
Sing Me Back Home 13 39 33.3   1      
When I Paint My Masterpiece 12 144 8.3   4      
Walkin' Blues 12 139 8.6   1     (cc)
Loose Lucy 12 98 12.2 2        
To Lay Me Down 12 63 19.0 3 1     (j)
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 12 62 19.4 1     1 (o)
Dear Mr Fantasy 12 58 20.7   1      
Touch Of Grey 11 213 5.2 2 4   2 (qq)
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) 11 199 5.5   2      
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 11 145 7.6       1 (n)(pp)
Crazy Fingers 11 144 7.6 1        
Alligator 11 63 17.5       1 (g)
Queen Jane Approximately 10 129 7.8       2 (m)(mm)
Foolish Heart 10 87 11.5 1 1      
Viola Lee Blues 10 32 31.3 1     1 (kk)
You Win Again 10 25 40.0          
Box Of Rain 9 161 5.6 1 1   1 (z)(vv)
Alabama Getaway 9 141 6.4 1     1  
C.C.Rider 9 127 7.1          
All Along The Watchtower 9 123 7.3   1   1 (m)
Dupree's Diamond Blues 9 80 10.0 1        
Here Comes Sunshine 9 65 13.8 1        
Sitting On Top Of The World 9 44 20.5 1     1 (kk)
Cosmic Charley 9 41 22.0 1        
Hey Jude 9 30 30.0         (u)
New Potato Caboose 9 26 34.6          
The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) 9 12 75.0          
Victim Or The Crime 8 96 8.3 1 1      
Picasso Moon 8 77 10.4 1        
Memphis Blues 8 76 10.5   1      
Standing On The Moon 8 75 10.7 1 3      
The Race Is On 8 59 13.6          
Death Don't Have No Mercy 8 49 16.3 1        
Easy To Love You 8 45 17.8 1 1      
Doin' That Rag 8 37 21.6 1        
Sunrise 8 30 26.7 1        
Mason's Children 8 18 44.4 1        
Knockin' On Heaven's Door 7 76 9.2   2   1 (m)
Smokestack Lightning 7 60 11.7          
Deep Elem Blues 7 45 15.6   1      
Easy Wind 7 44 15.9 1 1      
I'm A King Bee 7 38 18.4          
I Will Take You Home 7 34 20.6 1 1      
Gimme Some Lovin' 6 87 6.9   1      
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 6 58 10.3   1      
New Speedway Boogie 6 55 10.9 2 1      
Attics Of My Life 6 48 12.5 1        
Blow Away 6 23 26.1 1 1      
We Can Run 6 22 27.3 1 1      
Might As Well 5 111 4.5 1       (i)
In The Midnight Hour 5 46 10.9       1 (n)
The Same Thing 5 45 11.1       1 (o)
Dark Hollow 5 29 17.2          
Hey Pocky Way 5 25 20.0   2      
He Was A Friend Of Mine 5 17 29.4          
Nobody's Fault But Mine 5 16 31.3 1   1    
Mountains Of The Moon 5 12 41.7 1 1      
My Brother Esau 4 104 3.8 1 2      
Wang Dang Doodle 4 95 4.2   2      
Far From Me 4 74 5.4 1 1      
The Last Time 4 70 5.7          
Black Muddy River 4 66 6.1 2        
Liberty 4 56 7.1          
Maggie's Farm 4 43 9.3   1      
On The Road Again 4 38 10.5   2     (y)
Built To Last 4 18 22.2 1 1      
Ain't It Crazy 4 12 33.3       1  
Werewolves Of London 4 12 33.3          
King Solomon's Marbles 4 5 80.0 1        
West L.A. Fadeaway 3 140 2.1 2 4      
The Mighty Quinn 3 59 5.1       1 (mm)(pp)
So Many Roads 3 55 5.5          
Spoonful 3 52 5.8          
Let The Good Times Roll 3 47 6.4   2      
Never Trust A Woman 3 42 7.1          
Ripple 3 39 7.7 1 1      
Monkey And The Engineer 3 32 9.4          
Just A Little Light 3 21 14.3 1        
Wave That Flag 3 15 20.0          
Born Cross-Eyed 3 13 23.1 1       (gg)
It's A Sin 3 12 25.0          
Jordan 3 12 25.0   1      
Katie Mae 3 11 27.3          
She Belongs To Me 3 10 30.0   1      
Visions Of Johanna 3 8 37.5         (pp)
Cream Puff War 3 7 42.9 2        
You Don't Have To Ask 3 5 60.0 1        
Way To Go Home 2 92 2.2          
Corrina 2 77 2.6         (s)
When Push Comes To Shove 2 58 3.4 2 2      
Keep Your Day Job 2 57 3.5          
Days Between 2 41 4.9 1        
The Weight 2 41 4.9          
I've Been All Around This World 2 18 11.1          
Silver Threads And Golden Needles 2 17 11.8 1        
That Would Be Something 2 17 11.8          
Gloria 2 15 13.3     1    
You Ain't Woman Enough 2 15 13.3          
Wake Up Little Susie 2 14 14.3          
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie 2 13 15.4          
Ollin Arageed 2 12 16.7   1      
It's A Man's World 2 11 18.2          
Revolution 2 11 18.2          
Tomorrow Is Forever 2 10 20.0          
Ballad Of A Thin Man 2 8 25.0          
It Takes A ... Train To Cry 2 7 28.6          
Mission In The Rain 2 5 40.0 1       (i)
Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu 2 5 40.0          
Bo Diddley 2 4 50.0          
One Kind Favor 2 4 50.0          
Stealin 2 4 50.0 2     1 (ee)
Blues For Allah 2 3 66.7 1        
Standing On The Corner 2 3 66.7 1        
Cardboard Cowboy 2 2 100.0       1 (vv)
Hey Little One 2 2 100.0          
Keep Rolling By 2 2 100.0          
Sage And Spirit 2 2 100.0 1        
Desolation Row 1 58 5.7   1      
Samba In The Rain 1 38 2.6         (t)
I Fought The Law 1 36 2.8          
Broken Arrow 1 35 2.9          
Satisfaction 1 31 3.2          
Tons Of Steel 1 29 3.4 1        
From The Heart Of Me 1 26 3.8 1 1      
Don't Need Love 1 16 6.3          
Rosa Lee McFall 1 16 6.3          
Baba O'Riley 1 12 8.3          
Tomorrow Never Knows 1 12 8.3          
Believe It Or Not 1 7 14.3 1        
Heaven Help The Fool 1 7 14.3   1      
The Frozen Logger 1 6 16.7          
I Second That Emotion 1 6 16.7          
Little Sadie 1 6 16.7          
Long Black Limousine 1 6 16.7          
Run Rudolph Run 1 6 16.7          
Till The Morning Comes 1 5 20.0 1        
Hey Bo Diddley 1 4 25.0          
I Just Want To Make Love To You 1 4 25.0          
I'm A Hog For You Baby 1 4 25.0          
La Bamba 1 4 25.0          
A Voice From On High 1 4 25.0          
Clementine 1 3 33.3 1       (ff)
Hey Little One 1 3 33.3          
If I Had The World To Give 1 3 33.3 1        
Money, Money 1 3 33.3 1        
She's Mine 1 3 33.3          
Who Do You Love 1 3 33.3          
Ballad Of Casey Jones 1 2 50.0          
Bring Me My Shotgun 1 2 50.0          
California Earthquake 1 2 50.0          
Empty Pages 1 2 50.0          
Got My Mojo Working 1 2 50.0          
I'm A Man (Mannish Boy) 1 2 50.0          
Mona 1 2 50.0          
Oh Boy 1 2 50.0          
Pain In My Heart 1 2 50.0          
Sick And Tired 1 2 50.0          
Are You Lonely For Me 1 1 100.0          
Black Snake 1 1 100.0          
Don't Mess Up A Good Thing 1 1 100.0          
Empty Heart 1 1 100.0          
Gangster Of Love 1 1 100.0          
How Sweet It Is 1 1 100.0          
In The Pines 1 1 100.0          
Let It Rock 1 1 100.0          
The Mighty Flood 1 1 100.0          
Roberta 1 1 100.0          
Salt Lake City 1 1 100.0         (p)
Sidewalks Of New York 1 1 100.0          
Tastebud 1 1 100.0 3       (ee)
Tom Dooley 1 1 100.0          
Lazy River Road 0 65 0 1        
Easy Answers 0 44 0         (r)
Eternity 0 44 0 1        
Wave To The Wind 0 21 0          
Rain 0 20 0          
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 0 19 0          
If The Shoe Fits 0 17 0          
Childhood's End 0 11 0          
Unbroken Chain 0 10 0 2        
Maybe You Know 0 6 0          
Walking The Dog 0 6 1          
Operator 0 4 0 1        
Reuben And Cerise 0 4 0         (q)
Alice D Millionaire 0 3 0 1        
The Golden Road 0 3 0 1        
Overseas Stomp (Lindy) 0 3 0 1     1 (o)
Early Morning Rain 0 2 0 1        
Mindbender 0 2 0 1        
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines 0 2 0 1        
Betty And Dupree 0 1 0 1        
Can't Come Down 0 1 0 1       (hh)
The Only Time Is Now 0 1 0 1        
Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues 0 1 0          
You See A Broken Heart 0 1 0 1        
Pride Of Cucamonga 0 0 0 2        

Key:

Live Rec's: This gives the total number of live recordings by the Dead that have been issued officially on CD. Many thanks to Eric Levy for his help in preparing and checking this. It includes "pre-Vault" live recordings such as "Live/Dead", Vault releases such as "One From The Vault," all Dick's Picks, and CD soundtracks from DVD releases. I have counted "Anthem Of The Sun" as a live album.
Times Played: This gives the total number of times the Dead played the song live. It omits covers played less than 10 times for which no recordings have been issued. The figures are taken from DeadBase XI: this is the most convenient source, though it omits a number of tapes that have come into circulation recently. It is very likely that some of the early songs (eg "Can't Come Down") were played at many more 1966 concerts for which no setlists exist.
Percentages: These are the total number of recordings as a percentage of the number of times played. I am not arguing for an even proportion of recordings of every song: a much larger percentage of Dark Stars than Me And My Uncles is fine by me! But it does highlight some songs that are very much under-represented in the official releases.
Studio Rec's: This gives the number of studio recordings by the Dead. In some cases I have stretched what counts as a Grateful Dead studio recording - these are mentioned in the notes.
Video Rec's: This gives the number of releases of each song on video or DVD. It includes those that have also been released on CD soundtrack albums. This means that some of these recordings are also counted in the column "Live Rec's."
Jams: This gives the number of live versions released as jams without lyrics being sung
Other Rec's: This identifies other live recordings not included in the totals, for example because they are part of other recordings or because they have been issued only semi-officially. It lists only other recordings of the Grateful Dead themselves - not subsequent recordings by Ratdog, The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends etc.

Notes:

(a) "The Other One" includes recordings with "Cryptical Envelopment" as part of "That's It For The Other One" suite.
(b) studio recordings of "Playing In The Band" are on Bob Weir's "Ace" and Mickey Hart's "Rolling Thunder" (titled "The Main Ten"); Jam on DP16, also titled "The Main Ten".
(c) the "Dark Star" studio recording was released as a single and on the compilation "What A Long Strange Trip It's Been" (and also as a hidden track on Live/Dead in the box set "The Golden Road").
(d) "Let It Grow" includes recordings as part of "Weather Report Suite"
(e) DP3 contains "Terrapin Station" not preceded by "Lady With A Fan" - the only known time.
(f) additional recordings of "Brown-Eyed Women" have been issued on "Around The Fire" soundtrack and Live Jive (KSAN Benefit CD)
(g) additional live recordings of "Alligator", "Caution" and "And We Bid You Goodnight" have been issued on the CD The Best Of The Grateful Dead Hour
(h) additional live recordings of "Casey Jones" and "Johnny B Goode" from 2 July 1971 were issued on "The Last Days Of The Fillmore." An additional live recording of "Casey Jones" from 1978 is on the compilation "Saturday Night Live Vol 1"
(i) studio recordings of "Might As Well", "Mission In The Rain", "It Must Have Been The Roses" and "They Love Each Other" were issued on "Reflections" by Jerry Garcia
(j) studio recordings of "Deal", "Bird Song", "Sugaree", "Loser", "To Lay Me Down" and "The Wheel" were issued on "Garcia" by Jerry Garcia
(k) studio recordings of "Greatest Story Ever Told" are on "Ace" by Bob Weir and on "Rolling Thunder" by Mickey Hart (titled "The Pump Song")
(l) studio recordings of "Greatest Story Ever Told", "Playing In The Band", "Black Throated Wind", "Looks Like Rain", "One More Saturday Night" and "Cassidy" were issued on "Ace" by Bob Weir
(m) additional recordings of "Queen Jane Approximately", "All Along The Watchtower" and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" were issued on "Dylan And The Dead"
(n) additional recordings of "I Know You Rider" (see note (v)), "It Hurts Me Too", "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", "Dancing In The Streets" and "In The Midnight Hour" were issued on vinyl on "Vintage Dead"
(o) additional recordings of "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "Stealin'" "Lindy" and "The Same Thing" were issued on vinyl on "Historic Dead"
(p) "Salt Lake City" was recorded on Bob Weir's album "Heaven Help The Fool"
(q) "Reuben And Cerise" was recorded on Jerry Garcia's album "Run For The Roses." A live recording by the Grateful Dead plays as background to the contents page of the DVD "View From The Vault II"
(r) a version of "Easy Answers" by "The Other Ones" is on "FurthurMost", and a Weir/Wasserman/Neil Young version is on "Trios"
(s) a version of "Corrina" by "The Other Ones" is on "The Strange Remain", and a Ratdog version on "Evening Moods"
(t) a version of "Samba In The Rain" by Vince Welnick is on the "Missing Man Formation" CD
(u) the full "Hey Jude" was played only 3 times, but the finale was played a further 28 times
(v) the version of "I Know You Rider" on "Vintage Dead" is the same as the version on "So Many Roads", included in the left-hand column
(w) two of the live recordings of Althea (on "Without A Net" and "Terrapin Station (Limited Edition)") are from the same night
(x) the video of "Fire On The Mountain" on "Dead Ahead" is the same performance as on the "Dead Set" CD
(y) the video of "On The Road Again" on "Dead Ahead" is the same performance as on the "Reckoning" CD
(z) a recording of "Box Of Rain" is included on the DVD version of "View From The Vault II" but not on the CD or videocassette. It is included in the "video" column and not counted in the percentages - which are based on CD releases only
(aa) a live recording of "Bertha" from an unknown date is included on the CD "Huckleberry Jam" (various artists compilation) sold in the Bay Area as a fundraiser for the Huckleberry House
(bb) a live recording of "Sugaree" from 11 April 1987 is included on the CD "ONXRT: Live From The Archives, Vol. 4" (various artists compilation) sold in Chicago as a fundraiser for a tree-planting project
(cc) two of the live recordings of "Walkin' Blues" may be from the same night - those on "Without A Net" and "Terrapin Station (Limited Edition)." Because this isn't certain, I have included both in the total of recordings and the percentage.
(dd) the single version of "Truckin'" is included as a bonus track on "American Beauty" on the Rhino Box Set "The Golden Road (1965-1973)"
(ee) the CD "Birth Of The Dead" in the Rhino Box Set "The Golden Road (1965-1973)" includes two studio versions, one with vocals, one without. The additional recording of Stealin' was released on "Historic Dead"
(ff) the studio version is a jam, included as a bonus track on "Aoxomoxoa" in the Rhino Box Set "The Golden Road (1965-1973)"
(gg) the single version of "Born Cross-Eyed" is included as a bonus track on "Anthem Of The Sun" in the Rhino Box Set "The Golden Road (1965-1973"
(hh) the same studio version is on the box sets "The Golden Road (1965-1973)" and "So Many Roads (1965-1995)"
(jj) the video version of "Eyes Of The World" on "The Grateful Dead Movie" is the same as the version on "So Many Roads (1965-1995)"
(kk) longish excerpts from live recordings of "Viola Lee Blues", "Sitting On Top Of The World" and "Big Boss Man" from the Fillmore in 1967 are on the "Grateful Dead Documentary" CD
(ll) the performance of "Casey Jones" on "The Grateful Dead Movie" is the same as that on "Steal Your Face"
(mm) additional recordings of "Queen Jane Approximately" and "The Mighty Quinn" were issued on a bonus disc with early copies of "Postcards Of The Hanging"
(nn) the video of "Hard To Handle" is on "Backstage Pass." The audio on that comes from the same show (29 April 1971) as "Ladies And Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead", though the video footage comes from a variety of other shows.
(oo) a version of "The Wheel" from 9 September 1982 was included on a limited edition CD "Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artworks."
(pp) the live Grateful Dead recordings of "The Mighty Quinn", "Visions of Johanna" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" include those on the album Jerry Garcia Plays Dylan
(qq) the additional recordings of "Touch Of Grey" are on "ONXRT: Live From The Archives, Vol 11" and "The Music Never Stopped: Music From The Motion Picture"
(rr) the additional recording of "Dark Star" is from 16 Aug 1969, released on "Woodstock--40 Years On: Back To Yasgur's Farm"
(ss) the additional recording of "Sugar Magnolia" is from 26 Apr 1971, released on "Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective"
(tt) the additional recording of "Not Fade Away" is from 19 May 1974, released on "Best Of The Grateful Dead Hour Vol 2"
(uu) the additional recordings of "Truckin'" were released on "Best Of The Grateful Dead Hour Vol 2" and "The Music Never Stopped: Music From The Motion Picture"
(vv) the additional recordings of "Box Of Rain" and "Cardboard Cowboy" were included on a CD given away with some copies of Phil Lesh's book "Searching For The Sound"


 


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