Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
11/6/77 – Broome County Arena – Binghamton, NY
I figured I would squeeze this one in before it is officially release on the next Dave’s Picks in 2018.
Here’s a nice recap from Hal Masonberg, who runs The Hal Blog:
“Spring 1977 is largely considered one of the Grateful Dead’s best tours. So much so, in fact, there’s a 5 show box set that’s just been released by the Grateful Dead and Rhino (the keepers of the Dead’s massive musical vault) this week. But for me, the magic didn’t end with the completion of the spring ’77 tour. It was simply being ushered in by it. The Dead’s fall tour of that same year, followed by the 4-show New Year’s run at Winterland and into the spring tour of 1978, contains some of my favorite shows of all time. The tightness and beauty, mixed with a high rockin’ energy that came to characterize the Spring 1977 tour, only intensified as the year rolled forward. Garcia seemed uncontainable throughout this period: wide grins and guitar-slams so intense and heartfelt you’d think Garcia was trying to make the music reverberate straight through the center of the earth itself. And perhaps it did. The fierceness with which Garcia played throughout this period brought the band to new heights and each and every member of this touring circus rose up to meet Garcia. Sometimes the effect was less ‘tight’ than they had been in the past, but the savage joy that took its place fills me to the core.
One such show was the Dead’s final show of their 1977 Fall tour. The Dead always loved playing New York and the Broome County Arena in Binghamton was no exception. This gig not only closed the tour, but an astounding three-night N.Y. run. The show’s opening MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP is among the best I’ve ever heard. So much pure energy and storytelling, it threatens to blow the roof off the place.”
And here are comments from John Dwork and Jeff Mattson of the Taper’s Compendium:
“This show is a true classic – one of the better shows from one of the better years. The sound is quintessential 1977: big, loud, tight, exciting, yet tempered, even slow at times, but never truly mellow. The Dead open with what I believe to be the most passionate reading of Mississippi Half-Step I’ve ever heard. It begins as usual, but the concluding jam is to Mississippi Half-Step what 5/8/77 is to Morning Dew. The jam goes on and on, rising higher and higher, going further than the listener expects, further in fact than ever before. The vibe is exultant. It’s obvious that the band knows they’re hot.”
Download today’s track HERE.
Stream today’s track on relisten.net HERE.
And stream the whole show on archive.org HERE.
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