Grateful Dead To Terrapin Hartford ’77

To Terrapin Hartford ’77 is a live album by the Grateful Dead.

It was recorded at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut on May 28, 1977.

Grateful Dead To Terrapin Hartford '77

My Rating – 28 out of 30 (9 +10 + 9)

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Songs On Grateful Dead To Terrapin Hartford ’77

Bertha – 6:45
Good Lovin’ – 5:34
Sugaree – 19:17
Jack Straw – 6:22
Row Jimmy – 10:43
New Minglewood Blues – 6:37
Candyman – 7:04
Passenger – 3:40
Brown-Eyed Women – 6:11
Promised Land – 4:25
Samson And Delilah – 8:05
Tennessee Jed – 9:03
Estimated Prophet – 11:34
Playing In The Band – 10:58
Terrapin Station – 11:06
Drums – 1:30
Not Fade Away – 15:11
Wharf Rat – 10:17
Playing In The Band – 6:41
One More Saturday Night – 5:20
U.S. Blues – 5:46

Playing on the album are:

Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
Donna Godchaux – vocals
Keith Godchaux – keyboards
Phil Lesh – bass, vocals
Mickey Hart – drums
Bill Kreutzmann – drums

This was the second Grateful Dead live album that I really liked (after Ladies And Gentlemen from 1971).

These Spring 1977 concerts have come to be regarded as a classic period for the band by Deadheads and, when you hear this album, you’ll understand why, even if the band had lost their earlier psychedelic and country influences.

The set list reflects the Terrapin Station studio album that hadn’t yet been released and it is a very good selection I’m giving 9 out of 10.

I’m sometimes critical of the band’s singing and it’s usually Jerry Garcia that strays away from proper pitch but here the band sing really well. Donna Godchaux’s background singing is restrained and supportive. Garcia’s guitar is once again excellent. I’m rating it at 10 out of 10 for performance.

Again I feel I have to penalise it on atmosphere and authenticity. Yes it’s only one night’s performance which is the way I really like it but I want to hear the band talking to the audience. ( out of 10 in my third rating.

A total of 28 out of 30 is only one point behind the most I’ve given to any live album and it makes this my joint favourite Grateful Dead live album. The fact that it’s closer to classic rock may mean that it’s a good place for newcomers to the band to start.

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