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Samson and Delilah
July 18, 1976
Orpheum Theater

Full of strut. The band is in perfect form, everyone is on. Precise, strong, and full of swagger.
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Might As Well
July 18, 1976
Orpheum Theater

Barnburning storm burster so strong it blows out speakers around 03:30 in. Kicks off the party with Jerry in full form, vox and guitar.
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New Minglewood Blues
July 18, 1976
Orpheum Theater

Maybe not everyone's favorite song (or anyone's), but this is the ballsiest most swaggering one since they busted it out. Great mix helps, too.
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Cassidy
July 18, 1976
Orpheum Theater

Note for note perfection. Cassidy was a blazing glory during this whole Summer tour.
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Johnny B. Goode
July 17, 1976
Orpheum Theatre

Keith could play a piano just like ringing a bell. Jeez, but he just slays it here. Show this to your kid learning the keyboard, damn.

Comments

Wharf Rat
Aug. 2, 1976
Colt Park

Thanks Catalonia for the essay link. I'll read that asap. I love the deadessays stuff. There's a great one about how 76 Dancin' in the Streets versions. All in all there's a ton of great '76 stuff, which I think goes mostly overlooked. The sound is still rougher than the best of the studio-tight '77 shows, there isn't that wild anything-goes feeling of the pre-haitus years. There is, however, a sense of big open spaces, that any song could become a new vehicle for deep spontaneous composition - not just the big Playin's or Dark Stars (in fact no Dark Stars all year). I'm going chronologically - you noticed! - but I prefer not to rush things. I'll spend a couple of days on a single show rather than trying to get through them all so fast that they all become a blur. Next year? I'm thinking of going through '77, but I know most of that year already. I might also deep dive into '69 - a big mostly undiscovered terrain. There's a whole lot of Dead out there. Peace, brother or sister or whoever you are.
Wharf Rat
Aug. 2, 1976
Colt Park

Leads into a unique 6 minute unnamed jam mislabeled "Drums" on some versions. Very cool.
Playin' In The Band
Aug. 2, 1976
Colt Park

Definitely a weird one, the meltdown is long and heavy, even a bit aggressive - maybe the weirdest one of the year not known for acid meltdowns. This isn't a first-time, convince your friend about the dead kind of Playin', unless your friend is into Trout Mask Replica and free jazz, and all that. The transition into Wharf Rat, is all the more amazing for it, out of wild abstraction they come in fast, landing on one of the more literal, prosaic (in the good sense) and story-telling songs in their oeuvre.
Lazy Lightnin' -> Supplication
Aug. 2, 1976
Colt Park

Jerry reaches terminal velocity. The band is absolutely shredding, reaches Colemanesque harmolodic polyrythms at on point right before the Supplication re-entry.
Looks Like Rain
Aug. 2, 1976
Colt Park

The only reason this isn't much higher is that we don't have a SBD for it. Check it out, everything Glynn said here was right on.