Trips Vol. 1 No. 2: Oct. '77
Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 2: October ' 77 is a two disc release (a bonus
disc with early orders) of their venture through the Mid-West and
Southern United States. The recordings were expertly remastered from
reel-to-reel tapes. The
first disc randomly gathers some of their key songs that really
shined in 1977 while the second disc focuses on two concert
one contains some of my favorite 1977 Grateful Dead songs. The
selections switch from a Bobby to a Jerry song throughout, but the
tracks are not replicating how they would appear live. It is more
like a greatest hits of live 1977 first set material. All of the versions sizzle. If I had to select
the top highlight, I'd go with "Sugaree." This rendition
is powerful, relentless, and satisfying. A few superb transitions are
captured. One of my favorite Jerry songs is "Mississippi
Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo." This version includes a smooth transition into
"El Paso," which I've never heard. The segue from
"Slipknot" to "Franklin's" is a thing of beauty,
as part of a predictably stunning "Help on the Way" >
"Slipknot" > "Franklin's Tower." All in all, superb music.
The second disc is smartly selected. I'm
sure purists will not be pleased, but taken into account space
limitations here is what we have. First,
Houston, TX on 10/14/77, had an excellent "Playing in the
Band" within its second set leading up to "Drums" and
it begins disc one.
from the 10/16/77, in
Baton Rouge, LA we are treated to some totally essential material.
The five songs appeared after drums. The track selection is a bit
unique in that rather than the normal tradition of alternating
vocalists, Bobby sings two, which includes a version of "The
Other One" that packs a lot into its 8:24. Then Jerry sings two, "Terrapin Station" > "Black Peter."
That is not a typo! I believe that this is the only time they played
these tracks in this order. More, the long jam out of "Black
Peter" seamlessly transitions into "Around and Around";
some fine rock 'n roll to close the set.
we go back to 10/14/77, for the double encore. First is the last performance of "Brokedown Palace" until
December 26, 1979, released as Dick's Picks Vol.
5. It sequences into > "Playing in the Band
(Reprise)" to pick up where the disc begins. The transition
isn't seamless, but it only takes half a moment to gather. Then
after some noodling they bring the
disc to its conclusion.
my point of view this disc captures two must have moments
from the tour; 100% great music, a seamless flow, all on one
date there have been a number of releases from
1977. While Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 2:
October ' 77 wouldn't top my list it is surely good. Two discs filled to capacity
of excellent music, no filler here.
by Barry Small
Grade A -
For a limited time, a bonus disc was included. It includes two key
chunks of set two material with a few carefully selected songs
It begins with the
first three songs from the second set from October 16 in Baton
Rouge, LA. The post drums
portion was featured on disc two. Combined, the whole second set is
1. Scarlet Begonias
2. Fire On the Mountain
3. Estimated Prophet
the two key chunks of music and filling the disc to its capacity a
first set treats to enjoy.
4. Loser - 10/14/77
5. Sunrise - 10/11/77
30 plus minutes of the bonus disc is the complete post drums portion
of the performance from October 7
6. Iko Iko
7. The Wheel
8. Wharf Rat
9. Sugar Magnolia
Albuquerque, NM - 10/7/77 (bonus disc)
Norman, OK - 10/11/77
Houston, TX - 10/14/77
Baton Rouge, LA - 10/16/77