05-07-1977

Boston Garden

Boston, Massachusetts

May 1977 is a special month for sure. And this night is as sweet as any other. The first set is near perfection from start to finish, beginning with Jerry doing his thing and Keith adding such fantastic fills on a rocking Bertha. The Cassidy that rolls out next is, characteristically for May ’77, short but so gorgeous. After a first-rate Deal and Jack Straw, Jerry turns to Peggy-O. And while this one is overshadowed by the versions two days before, on May 5th, and two days after in Buffalo, this Peggy-O is still perfection personified, Phil’s bass lead-in combining with Jerry’s solos and Keith’s keys. The Minglewood up next is as fiery as any before the highlight of the entire show, an arguably best-ever Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo; the peaks that Jerry reaches, each one higher than the last, are epic, and everyone is locked in, anticipating and building on one another in a virtuoso display that is exceptional, even for the Dead. Cash’s Big River flows out of that grandeur, and then a Tennessee Jed takes it to the set-ending Music Never Stopped, itself finished off with a ferocious jamming romp.

Recording info
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Identifier:
gd1977-05-07.sbd.miller.88525.flac16
Source:
SBD -> Master Reel -> PCM -> Dat (44.1k) D
Notes:
Patch Info: Sony ECM 33P -> Cassette Master -> Sound Forge -> SHN (shnid=6021) supplies: Around And Around (1:48 – 2:09) Alternate SBD source supplies: U.S. Blues (complete track) Notes: — All disc changes are seamless — Adjusted pitch of AUD patch to match Master Reel SBD
Description:
Set 1 Bertha Cassidy Deal Jack Straw Peggy-O New Minglewood Blues Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo -> Big River Tennessee Jed The Music Never Stopped Set 2 Terrapin Station Samson And Delilah Friend Of The Devil Estimated Prophet Eyes Of The World -> Drums -> The Wheel -> Wharf Rat -> Around And Around Encore U.S. Blues
Lineage:
Dat (Sony R500) -> Sound Devices 744T -> Samplitude Professional v9.12 -> FLAC
Transferrer:
Charlie Miller
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00:00
1
Tuning/Equipment Problems
03:51
2
Bertha
11:00
3
Cassidy
07:06
4
Deal
07:52
5
Jack Straw
05:37
6
Peggy-O
09:30
7
New Minglewood Blues
08:59
8
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
12:28
9
Big River
10:05
10
Tennessee Jed
08:22
11
The Music Never Stopped
07:50
12
Tuning
01:47
13
Terrapin Station
10:38
14
Samson And Delilah
09:15
15
Friend Of The Devil
08:19
16
Estimated Prophet
12:31
17
Eyes Of The World ->
11:11
18
Drums ->
03:17
19
The Wheel ->
10:34
20
Wharf Rat ->
14:21
21
Around And Around
08:16
22
U.S. Blues
05:43
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Terrapin Station provides a magisterial opening to the second set, beating right into Samson And Delilah. The Friend Of The Devil that arrives next is another candidate for best ever rendition, Keith’s playing once again shining through alongside Jerry’s inimitable solos. From there, a silky, powerful Estimated comes out with a lengthy tuning afterwards that is itself meditative and space-like (the Dead can even tune inventively!). The band then unfolds the rapturous tapestry that is Eyes Of The World, all the better here in May ’77. Afterwards, The Wheel climbs out of a short Drums interlude, the depth and richness spilling forth like a gentle, surging, but implacable wave that tumbles onto a spacey, dream-like beach in the latter half. An inventive passage bridges that masterpiece to a sublime Wharf Rat, emotionally jammed out in the extreme. After that, Around And Around offers a joyous, bacchanal release before a US Blues encore.

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