I’ve been neglecting The Grateful Dead, so I’m going to exploit a guest DJ.
Jesse Jarnow (@bourgwick) is the only person I know who has set out to listen to every Grateful Dead concert in chronological order. On his 40-year delay, he reached the end of 1977 a week ago. In a couple of decades, he will be the King Deadhead; no one else will be able to claim to have gone to every show, in order, and live-tweeted it.
Jarnow shared his ideal setlist from the 1977 New Year’s Winterland run, and I’ve edited it together here. Thrilling. First "China > Rider" since October 1974.
100-minute mp3 mix here (source dates included in title tags)
- Mississippi Half-Step
- Dire Wolf
- Row Jimmy
- Estimated Prophet >
- Eyes of the World
- China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider >
- China Doll >
- Playin’ Jam
- Scarlet Begonias >
- Fire on the Mountain
- Terrapin Station
I think the cover photo is actually from the Dead New Year’s show exactly 10 years later. I just wanted a good balloon drop, and that's what the search engine handed me. Here's an actual photo from the run: