Today in Grateful Dead History: April 30, 1977 – The Palladium, New York, NY

stealie NOTE: This material was originally published in 2015 on my previous site. It has been updated and edited, sometimes heavily, and was posted in several batches in August, 2016.

This is another good show from 1977, but the audience recording quality is not the best and things are muddy throughout. Luckily, the show has been commercially released as the first volume of the Grateful Dead Download Series if you want to hear the crisper soundboard recording.

Highlights from this show are the first set Mississippi Half Step and, dare I say it, Looks Like Rain. In the second set, we have a Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain (pretty good) AND a St. Stephen>Not Fade Away>Stella Blue>St. Stephen (great).  It’s pretty awesome to hear Stella Blue transition back into the St. Stephen, an unusual pairing to say the least. On top of that, Terrapin Station is the encore.

This show exists on the archive only as an audience recording: https://archive.org/details/gd1977-04-30.sonyECM33p.moore.vernon.4949.sbeok.shnf

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