Today in Grateful Dead History: September 27, 1976 – Community War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, NY

stealieI wish I had more time to talk about this incredible show from 1976, especially since it’s the first one from 1976 that I’ve reviewed this year.  But I don’t have time.  So here’s the most important part:

Slipknot!>Drums>The Other One>Wharf Rat>Slipknot!>Franklin’s Tower

Yup, you read that right.  Drums, The Other One and Wharf Rat in the middle of Slipknot!  Splitting up this combination of songs only happened (by my limited count) two other times in Grateful Dead history, and one of those times was just Drums in the middle, not two epic songs like The Other One and Wharf Rat.  Oh, and did I mention that Franklin’s Tower is 18 minutes long?  Yeah, it’s as cool as it sounds.

The rest of this show is pretty darn good too.  First set highlights include Looks Like Rain (1976 was a good year for this song) and Lazy Lightning>Supplication.  This is prime 1976, folks.  Dig in.

I like Matrix recordings in 1976 – this one is really pretty light on the soundboard.  But it’s still more dynamic than the board:  https://archive.org/details/gd1976-09-27.mtx.tobin.87661.flac16

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