Each fall the Grateful Dead starts selling subscriptions for the following year’s Dave’s Picks collection of live archivals releases. As part of the announcement, the band reveals the first Dave Pick’s of the new year. The 2018 Grateful Dead Dave’s Picks subscriptions are now available for purchase including a recording of a memorable concert from 1977.
Fall ’77 ended with a run of shows in upstate New York. On November 6, 1977 the Grateful Dead pulled into Binghamton, New York for the tour-closer. Jerry Garcia & Co. delivered a strong performance filled with higlights. The show starts in fine fashion with typically stellar 1977 versions of “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” and “Jack Straw.” Other standouts including a loping “Friend Of The Devil,” rarity “Dupree’s Diamond Blues” and euphoric “The Music Never Stopped.” Garcia’s vocals were particularly on point throughout the evening, especially in the first set.
Bob Weir led the Dead through “Samson & Delilah” to start the second set before Donna Jean Godchaux stepped into the spotlight for “Sunrise.” Garcia starred on both the “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire On The Mountain” that followed. GD archivist David Lemieux notes the “Scarlet”/”Fire” is “nuanced and has so many good things going for it and then it’s got an extremely big jam.” Up next is a ripping “St. Stephen” feaeturing “Drums,” “Not Fade Away” and a gorgeous “Wharf Rat” within. The second set ends with the recently revived “Truckin'” that is best remembered for Phil Lesh singing during a period in which he rarely did so.
The tape featuring Binghamton ’77 recently was acquired and entered into the band’s vault. It didn’t take very long for the show, recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson, to be released. For now, the show is only available via 2018 Dave’s Picks subscriptions. In January, individual copies will go up for grabs. Lemieux hints at a legendary performance coming out on Dave’s Picks Volume 26 in which available recordings don’t do the music justice.
Watch Lemieux’s seaside chat about Dave’s Picks 2018:
Setlist (via JerryGarcia.com)
Set One: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Mexicali Blues > Me And My Uncle, Friend Of The Devil, New Minglewood Blues, Dupree’s Diamond Blues, Passenger, Dire Wolf, The Music Never Stopped
Set Two: Samson & Delilah, Sunrise, Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain > Good Lovin’, Saint Stephen > Drums > Not Fade Away > Wharf Rat > Saint Stephen > Truckin’
Encore: Johnny B. Goode