Grateful Dead Live at Auditorium Theatre on 1977-05-12
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Master Audience Reel > unknown mics/deck> DAT > CDR; fresh transcription of a previously circulating copy (see notes in txt); Re-Mastering by Scott Clugston; missing Cassidy, splice in NFA; d1 tracked for 80 min
- 2004-04-09 14:43:52
- Master Audience Reel > unknown mics/deck> DAT > CDR
- Chicago, IL
- Audience Recording
- Auditorium Theatre
Subject: MAGICAL, MYTHICAL MAY 1977!
I must say, then, I'm with Mind Wondrin on this: Why don't we have an excellent SBD up here in the archive? I also agree that while there's some standout song performances, this is really just an average May '77 show. In other words, it's very good. Unfortunately, because of the sound issues of this AUD recording, I have to give it three stars. I'd like to listen to this show from the May 1977 box and see if my view changes, but it's hard to listen to this show post-drums. A shame because it's the end of a sweet PITB sandwich (NFA->Comes A Time->Playing reprise). The Terrapin preceding the Playing is a beauty. Otherwise, Bobby sounds excellent on rhythm the whole night-- check him out on Bertha right out the gates!
Subject: Still a May77
Not sure why the excellent SBD for this show's never been uploaded on the archive - yet. The show has been officially released twice, first in part on the Winterland June 1977 box, which missed the 1st set highlight, Tennessee, but did include the wonderful Mississippi. The 2nd set's fantastic Samson is missing from the SBD sources so you have to go to this AUD. The rest of the show is average (for May '77). Since this came two shows after Buffalo and three before Alabama - two of the greatest shows in history - maybe that's unexpected. It's still the May '77 sound and quality. The Terrapin Station album hadn't yet been released for these punters, so some songs would have been a surprise (ex. AUD reaction to Sunrise). The first of two shows at the ornate theater, the second show is the better show overall (even though most of the six repeated songs are better on this night). That said, my opinion of this show has improved over time by a whole star - it's just very mellow. But it's solid and Donna is much better than usual.
First Set. It's a solid set, though average for this tour, with only a few standouts compared to elsewhere in the month. It's played oddly casual, but nice; like the St. Stephen's Bobby-licks in Bertha, and listen to how good he is in Tennessee. Jack Straw and TLEO are a bit flat but the rest is certainly solid - especially the powerful Mississippi.
Second Set. Samson is a rampaging beast (when it starts somebody yells "Alligator!". In 77!). Brown Eyed Women is good - the set is good because Bobby is so good this night and the drummers are tight. There are a dozen examples of Terrapin on this tour but none seem to match 4/30. The rest is average for May '77 but still solid. The encore centers on Keith.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¾ stars
Tennessee Jed - one of many top TJs in May '77
Half-step Mississippi - opens up huge and Donna is great
Samson & Delilah - a beast of a Samson
Brown-Eyed Women - Bobby great
SOURCES: Both the clugston and the Gatto use the same reels but the clugton6484 sounds better and fixes the pitch problems (mostly - the second set is still pitched too fast). A fine SBD circulates, but it's missing the Samson. Officially released on the May 1977 box. Eight tracks are also on the Winterland June 1977 box bonus disc.
Subject: This one's on the box set
No, it's not a perfect soundboard, but it is a very nice AUD. recording that kinda gives you the feel like you are there with the prescence of some (non-overpowering) audiance noise.
What do people want or expect--a perfect recording of every show ? People need to remember this is still 1977, where the recording technology was nothing like it is today.
Subject: Thank You Again
Subject: Bad Rap
There is some chatter here and there, but it isn't that much of a distraction, even during Comes a Time. By far the greatest downfall are the speed/pitch issues late in the show. But if you can put up with them, this is a mighty fine performance.
All that said, it's a May 77 show WITH a Comes a Time, I'm willing to put up with a lot for that. Though hopefully someday the full board comes out, as the bonus disc that came with the Winterland 77 box set sounds great.
No stars because I prefer not to use such a subjective rating scale on the overall subjective nature of enjoying and describing both performances and recordings.
Subject: oh yeah! its 77"
Subject: The Story I'm Told
Subject: Not Fade Away to end is flawed
Subject: dropped way too much acid
i have a vague memory of a really strong jack straw and a minglewood and then reality went south for me during the half-step>dancin' sequence which was just waaaay out there. i came to my senses (that being a relative concept) after sunrise, which gave me that same strange "am i at a dead show?" feeling it did in nyc. a rare and different tune indeed as the big jam sequence was just what my sizzled brain required, with a deep and funky playing surrounding the yin/yang of NFA>comes a time. jesus h. cricket but they simply cannot, i say cannot, play better than that.
bring on night two!!
spoiled children complain, undeservedly, about this recording. not the worst of this tour so far, or of the band ever. it's got "It" regardless of some "slight imperfections." i hope all the whiners are serving up juicy fob auds every time they go to a show today, but i suspect not.
Subject: I was there
Subject: It's got Peggy-O!
Subject: Good SHit
Subject: You Want Perfection
Subject: Not a good recording
I want all of May 1977, but I'm going to remove this one from my iTunes, or just not listen to it altogether. There are thousands of better recordings on here at archive.org.
Subject: People What the F*ck? ? This is a '77 audience not a digital master you have to rate this in context and NOT AFTER 1 SONG
Set II is wonderful and a solid '77 addition. Terrapin>Playin is rocking and it's a long set.
Subject: I think it sounds great!
One of things that I appreciate about these recordings is the variation of sound by venue that reflects authentic moods and experience. If they all sounded like Dick's Picks quality, it wouldn't be the same. May, 1977 gets high rating no matter what!
Subject: Pitch Problems
Subject: Must have better copy!
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