Today’s show from the Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas might feature the strangest Playin’ in the Band sandwich of them all. What is a Playin’ in the Band sandwich, you might ask? Well, that’s when the Grateful Dead played the beginning of Playin’ in the Band, then played some other song or songs before returning to complete Playin’ in the Band later. According to a discussion on the Archive, the Dead played 118 Playin’ in the Band sandwiches during their career, but this one is unique because it is the only time that the second part of Playin’ in the Band was played as an encore. And not only that, but this show marks the only time the Grateful Dead ever played Playin’ in the Band as an encore. And, as if that wasn’t cool enough, Playin’ in the Band was the second song in a two-song encore that also featured the last Brokedown Palace that the Dead would play for over two years.
All that is pretty great, and so is this show, which includes a nice Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, an excellent first set series with Passenger, Friend Of The Devil and Me & My Uncle and a monster thirteen minute second half Wharf Rat as part of that aforementioned sandwich. In addition, the band’s work on Playin’ in the Band, the star of this show, is top-notch, especially the first portion which consists of a lot of air between passages and some detailed Phil Leshing.
You can hear the whole thing right here: https://archive.org/details/gd1977-10-14.sbd.fixed.miller.110419.flac16