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Tuesday, August 8

Today on Day 5 of the "Days Between" Grateful Dead Musical Retrospective; 6-9-1977 one of the Dead's Greatest Years according to most fans

Today on Day 5 of the "Days Between" Grateful Dead Musical Retrospective; 6-9-1977 one of the Dead's Greatest Years according to most fans



Today on Day 5 of the "Days Between" Grateful Dead Musical Retrospective; 6-9-1977 one of the Dead's Greatest Years according to most fans.

  

Everyone has their favorite year but most can agree that the band was in top form in the spring of 1977.  Barton Hall at Cornell consistently makes the number one or two spots of greatest dead shows ever. This is a little later than that but still a jawdroppingly amazing performance. They were on their home turf and this show is a gem from start to finish. I could've made this whole list just from 77 but since they've released the entire month of May (including my birthday, 5-11-77) I've dug around for more shows to represent this year. The December shows were well done by Dick with his "Just Exactly Perfect Brothers Band" show. So here is one just past May, June 9, 1977.




It's hard to pick these shows since I only have nine "Days Between" and I could fill that with one run from this year alone. So, get ready, because the 80's are coming next. This is the pinnacle of the band in many people's eyes but folks said that when Pig died and they said it when Keith left, as well as when Brent passed away. The fact is there are good shows in every year and a bad day at a Grateful Dead show is better than a good day almost anywhere else.


Setlist
Winterland Arena
6,9,1977

Set One:

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Cassidy
Sunrise
Deal
Looks Like Rain
Loser
The Music Never Stopped

Set Two:

Samson And Delilah
Funiculi Funicula
Help On The Way >
Slipknot! >
Franklin's Tower
Estimated Prophet >
Saint Stephen >
Not Fade Away >
Drums [4:38] >
Saint Stephen >
Terrapin Station >
Sugar Magnolia

Encore:U.S. Blues 

One More Saturday Night 
(thanks to deadlists.com for setlist)

There is nothing really in the way of music criticism I can say about 77, these shows are all heaters. Hope you enjoy the Show!
Written by: Greg Heffelfinger






























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