September 03, 1977
"Take a Step Back" before "Half Step" - the Dead left the stage for a few minutes after Samson - last "Truckin": 09-28-75  - FM broadcast WNEW-New York - also: Marshall Tucker; NRPS
Set List:Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Me and My Uncle
Looks Like Rain
New Minglewood Blues
Friend of the Devil
Music Never Stopped
Eyes of the World
Samson and Delilah
Not Fade Away
Attendees of this show
This was my first Dead show ! It probably was for many other's as well! I had seen Jerry and Kingfish a couple of times but this was my first show w/ the whole band
My first as well>>>the start of something very special was about to brgin....
Should not have taken that acid the nite before.... had no supplies water ,food ,etc 6am or so standing outside in a field of freaks,kept hearing the band playing w/o us WTF. Turned out they would'nt hit the stage until about 12 hrs. later NRPS,Tucker all fine and dandy, by the time the Dead started I could'nt tell you my own name.Decided to catch the 2nd set a top the polish railroad .Had to finally call it a nite at the NFA just had nothing left. LESSON LEARNED !
Will Englishtown ever recover? It took me awhile! What a show, what a way to get on the bus.
This wasn't my first show, but this was how it all began for me...
I didn't really know who the Dead were in Sept 1977, but a few months after this show I got my first tapes from a deadhead friend of mine - Englishtown! Being my first tapes they got a lot of play time...and i GOT IT one night while listening to eyes... As my tape collect increased, the Englishtown tapes always remained a favorite of mine and when I spent a year backpacking around the world, my Englishtown tapes came with me (long before the days of iPod or even CD's).
The significance of this show for me doesn't end there, in fact it grows.
In 1992 on rec.music.gdead, a fellow deadhead was requesting a copy of her first show (9-3-77, this was before there were any Dick's Picks)...and it was as result of this tape trade that I met my future wife!!!
...so, as far as I'm concerned there is no better show than this one...and Eyes of the World is out of this world.
I was there to see Marshall Tucker Band. The bus came by and I got on. Went away to college the next week and hooked up with some heads, and the rest is history.
A magical show. The Mississippi Half-Step alone makes me cry almost every time I hear it.
Two small fun moments missing from the Dick's Picks of this show:
o In the first set Bobby saying something to the crowd along the lines of, "We just got word that some people are trying to tear down our speaker towers, and, uh, you can't be doing that."
o As noted, in the second set after Sampson Bobby said something such as, "Uh... we're going to go get some salt tablets. Or something," and the band left the stage for a bit! Yay! Total meltdown!
Twitchy note -- I've heard the audience tapes and the Dick's Pick of this show, and while the clarity on the DP is superior, the MIX on the tape is MUCH better. I have clear memories of Jerry being VERY loud during the spectacular Good Lovin', and in the DP everyone is mixed "evenly". Remember kids: tapes lie!
BTW, take a moment to read the great liner notes from the DP of this show -- written by the kids of the local newspaper editor -- they had never been to a Dead show, and the parts that they seemed to like best were Truckin' (since they recognized THAT one) and some guys they met who let them have a sip of their beer!
I remember hanging out in an ice truck during the day. This is my favorite show to listen to. What a Grateful Day. NRPS were good, the MTB were awful, and the Dead were electric! But boy it was F---ing HOT!
My first show...HOT as balls that day...Remember it taking a long to find the car after the show.....
Great Eyes of the World....
Ansd so the long trip begins.....