This week's Dead show is more than just a classic 1977 show - its that for sure - and its much more than the first time we get an Eyes of the World going into an Estimated Prophet - although this show is the first time that happens too.. its the kind of magical, rocking, charging life affirming and soul-baring music that makes me fall in love with the Grateful Dead over and over again..
There's plenty to love in this set - the fine Samson->Cold rain starts the set perfectly.. the Playin' in the band builds and builds and then explodes into the Eyes of the World that is played at a real breakneck pace. While I'm not often a fan of Eyes played this way, Jerry's almost maniacal energy on this version can't fail but bring you up out of your feet - its almost 'hummingbird' like in the way he makes that guitar flitter and sing.. followed by a good Estimated, but then Phil drops the hammer and the band goes into a short, but intense, Other One...
after drums.. the band slowly builds into an Aiko, Aiko that is surprisingly slow-paced, but the band then drops into a classic 1977 Stella Blue, then a playin' reprise to end the set..
The encore tells us the band has had as much fun as we have...
Cotterell Gym, Reid Athletic Center, Colgate University
"Meet The Jones Gang" [2:36]
Samson & Delilah -> [7:22]
Cold Rain & Snow [8:30]
Playing in the Band -> [12:52]
Eyes of the World -> [12:50]
Estimated Prophet -> [11:40]
The Other One ->[4:57]
Drums -> [3:17]
Iko Iko -> [10:05]
Stella Blue ->[12:12]
Playing in the Band [7:04]
Johnny B. Goode [5:06]
You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:
Special thanks to our friends at Keeley Electronics for their kind equipment donation!!
Hope you enjoy the show, and thanks as always for your kind support.