Take a closer look at St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN (5/11/77), the first show in our May 1977 boxed set. “He had guys hounding him to do free shows. Over the course of two tours, an Eastern-rooted swing in the spring and a mostly Western and Midwestern trek in the fall, the Dead played what many consider the tightest, most consistently satisfying shows of their career. But Deadheads who caught the Palladium shows witnessed a startling sight: a firm and focused Grateful Dead. Hart was upset when Olsen overdubbed strings on one of his parts without telling him. Garcia was also beginning to feel the burden of being an iconic figure who was easy prey for anyone who needed a favor. The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none continues to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the bandâs performance at Cornell Universityâs Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. May 8, 1977 at Cornell Univ.2. “It was a joke,” says Parish. Winterland closed on New Year's Eve 1978 / New Year's Day 1979 with a concert by the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and The Blues Brothers. At 18, like Janis Ian at 17, I learned the truth. '”, In the years that followed, the Dead’s audience would only grow larger and more fervent – and the Dead’s excesses would sometimes grow proportionally. Grateful Dead. Hart emerged with a broken collarbone, smashed ribs and a broken arm. I was lucky, these are my 1977 Grateful Dead shows: Phillips Academy Saturday's Escapes April 23, 1977 April 30, 1977 OFFICIALLY RELEASED AS DOWNLOAD SERIES 1 May 7, 1977 May 28, 1977 OFFICIALLY RELEASED AS TO TERRPAIN Ironically, the Barton Hall performance has never been officially released, since the master tape is now in the hands of an unknown collector. “But the old Dead trip was getting to be a burden, so we sacked it and went on to new projects. It was a hustle. Yes, there was a lot of pressure. Bang the drum! 9/3/1977 - Raceway Park, ... 2/11/69 (Fillmore West 2/11/69) â psychedelic exploration; shorter and more relaxed than most shows from this period, the Dead were opening for Janis. The only thing Donna Jean Godchaux remembers about it is how cold it was. In 1973, beloved founding member Ron “Pigpen” McKernan had died as a result of a longtime drinking problem. '” he says. Track listing May 5, 1977 â Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut. With Jerry Garcia, Donna Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Mickey Hart. Grateful Dead Initial release : 2013. The Best of The Grateful Dead The following performances are considered classics:1. It was recorded at five consecutive shows, from May 11â17, 1977. Disc 1. It's a dubious task aiming to rank the best Grateful Dead shows of all time, but here are five that stand out as the top concerts the band has ever performed. Of Garcia during that period, Hart recalls, “He was in a creative zone, and his health was OK. “We had all this new material we were excited about playing,” says Donna Jean Godchaux, who sang with the Dead during this period. For the Dead, Barton Hall was just another stop, and a fairly out-of-the-way one. This 2nd set is one of my favorites. But offstage, things were beginning to fray Features. 1972-08-27 at the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds3. “Was it the best? A 14 CD set comprising 5 complete Grateful Dead shows from 1977. Donna Jean was, in her words, “no angel,” and was regularly using cocaine and drinking wine. “We all played good when we got to that group-mind place. “We came out really strong,” says percussionist Mickey Hart of those and other shows on the band’s spring ’77 tour. The following month, the Dead signed with Clive Davis’ Arista Records, then also the home of rockers like Lou Reed and Patti Smith. Compared to most Grateful Dead shows, Cornell '77 (and its chronological neighbors) are excellent places for (some) newbie listeners to start." ... âMy spring break was going to five Dead shows,â he says. “It actually sounds like a record,” Garcia enthused to Rolling Stone before its release. Drawing from various aspects of live shows, the work consists primarily of blues or folk covers and only two original tunes. We’re having fun again.”, Members of the Dead’s legendary road crew still enjoy reminiscing about the musical high points. More so than probably any previous studio collaborator, Olsen put the bandmates through their paces, making them rehearse and replay parts until they nailed them. I have no nostalgia shows, just an outsider becoming an insider. “There was always backstage drama,” says Candelario. Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA: 1 Show, Robertson Gym, U.C.S.B., Santa Barbara, CA: 1 Show, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT, Memorial Coliseum, U. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Lloyd Noble Center, U. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, Assembly Center, Lousiana State U., Baton Rouge, LA, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS, Evans Field House, Northern Illinois U., DeKalb, IL, Assembly Hall, Indiana U., Bloomington, IN, Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA: 4 Shows. “Everyone said, ‘Don’t bother him – let him be.’ This was all still really new to me.” Yet Olsen was also impressed with Garcia’s creativity and nonstop input: “He would have 20 ideas for everyone. As the recording sessions started to drag throughout the winter of 1977 – and the band faced the possibility of not finishing the record before going on tour – Steve Parish, a member of the crew (and later Garcia’s manager), came up with a novel idea: Nail the studio door shut. He really enjoyed the process.”, But the process was slow. About a dozen concerts from that year have already been released on CDs and downloads, but on June 11th, the biggest batch yet arrived with May 1977, a 14-disc box featuring five complete shows from that tour. “But we were under the gun, and it kept the guys in there.”, The finished album, Terrapin Station, was the Dead’s most polished, professional effort to date, foreign adjectives that didn’t necessarily thrill everyone in the band. Their self-titled debut is â¦ “If you want to pick a year where everything was working well, that year stands out,” says Parish. At the University of Alabama, they played a slow, mournful “High Time” and added dramatic flourishes to Weir’s “Looks Like Rain.” A beautifully burnished “Wharf Rat” in Hartford, Connecticut, showed how they’d matured as a band without losing their shambolic charm. “That was a really good performance,” says Hart. Normally, the Dead would have bristled, but not this time: “Keith was cracking the whip, but we liked it – it made us sharper,” says Hart. Grateful Dead is mostly known for their lengthy jams, eclectic psychedelic sounds, interesting themes, mind-boggling lyrics, and iconic album artworks. Since it was Garcia who had brought Rakow into the fold, the band penalized him for it, cutting his paycheck down to about $50 a week (from about five times that amount). “He drank everything he could and took everything and then passed out in front of the console,” Olsen says. Jerry, Brent and I reached new plateaus as singers. “It was an emotionally difficult time for him,” says Richard Loren, then the Dead manager. He was magical.”, Every so often, the Dead encountered a bump in the road. Spring 1977. “We kept getting reborn, and this was one of those birthing processes,” says Hart of that flagship year. Recalling some of the brand-new songs the group premiered onstage then, he adds, “‘Estimated Prophet,’ ‘Fire on the Mountain’ – it was fresh meat, and we were ready to play those things. The secret weapon was keyboardist Keith Godchaux, Donna Jean’s husband, who’d joined the band in 1971. “There were no train wrecks.”. Until then, everyone assumed the Dead’s on-the-road success was a result of repeat business – the same fans buying tickets to more than one show. “It put the Dead up there with anybody else who was performing: ‘Yeah, the Allman Brothers are a big band, but they’re not the Grateful Dead.’ The industry stood up and said, ‘Holy mackerel! Yes, in the grand tradition of the beloved Fillmore West 1969 and Winterland 1973 boxes, comes Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings, a 9-CD box set that is sure to knock your tie-dyed socks off. '” As a record-company ad that year read, A NEW DEAD ERA IS UPON US – which, as the band would learn, was both a blessing and a curse. Starting in January 1977, the band and Olsen bore down on new material – including the epic “Terrapin Station” suite and Weir’s reggae-influenced “Estimated Prophet” – at Sound City, the funky but first-rate San Fernando Valley studio recently immortalized in Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary. Some fans feel that the group never recovered from the loss of Pigpen. On the road that year, band and crew often heard the couple’s screaming matches. Here are my top 5 shows (no order), without influence or being told "check out this year," this is all self discovery. In 1976, at 17, I saw 3 Grateful Shows. “We could hear and feel each other thinking, and we could intuit each other’s moves. Dating back to their earliest performances a decade before, the Dead could be loose, sharp, undisciplined, sloppy, fierce – sometimes all during the same night. The Grateful Dead performs live at Winterland in San Francisco in October 1974. The dead were coming off a troubled few years. 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