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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Grateful Dead-5.08.77

As Passion of the Weiss Chief Hippie Correspondent, Ace Cowboy points out at his Hidden Track hempfest, today is the 30th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's 5/08/77 show at Cornell University, often regarded by Deadheads as the best show in the band's 30 year existence. Picking the "best" Dead show is like picking out the worst episode of Everybody Loves Raymond: an impossible task. But it's hard to argue against 5.08.77's brilliance, with Jerry Garcia & Co. churning out effortlessly spellbinding renditions of "Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountain," "St. Stephen," and "Jack Straw." among others.

Tonight, the Dark Star Orchestra, are replicating the 5.08.77 experience and I wish I were there. Instead, I'm stuck in Los Angeles with the Ithaca Blues again. The only time that statement has ever been uttered. So in honor of this hallowed anniversary, hollow out an apple, light it up and enjoy the strongest defense for hippies being totally okay. The Grateful Dead.

Zip: The Grateful Dead-5/08/77 (left-click)

Track List

Set 1:

New Minglewood Blues
El Paso
They Love Each Other
Jack Straw
Lazy Lightnin'
Brown-Eyed Women
Mama Tried
Row Jimmy
Dancin' In The Streets

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet
St. Stephen
Not Fade Away
St. Stephen
Morning Dew

One More Saturday Night


At 7:46 PM, Blogger Scott said...

easily their most famous scarlet > fire ever. Great article today bud.

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous angrycitizen said...

For some reason I bought Dicks Picks #29 Fox Theatre, 5/19/77 and NEVER listened to it. I own American Beauty (throw stones Dead Heads) and maybe listened to it once. I’m going to download this show, but I can’t guarantee I’ll give it a listen. I’ll store it in my music folder and await the day I get into the Dead. At some point that day does come, doesn't it?

At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice drop. I never managed to get into these guys, probably because of the hippies (my college roomie) was one, but this seems to be a nice intro to an allegedly great band. Thanks.

At 1:59 AM, Anonymous dudeasincool said...

I think Europe '72 is the best Dead recording. I saw them a number of times - my fondest memory is when the crew in DC let me get up on the sound platform to watch them work, not that I knew what was happening, but i will take a cheap thrill whenever I can get one :) Thanx for this concert link, I will check it out

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Goddamn hippies.


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