This show will also be the final show of the next box set that is due to be released in June, "May '77." In the video announcement, David Lemieux calls this his favorite show of 1977, which puts it in a very special class of shows.
Like its predecessor, Cornell 77 (which is exactly a week before) the band opens with Bobby screaming his lungs off for "Minglewood." Then an outstanding "Half Step" transitions perfectly into "El Paso," like it was always meant too. One Bobby song and one Jerry songs account for the most tender moments in the first set, the transcendent "LL Rain" and the tranquil "High Time." And the first set is capped by a superb "Scarlet/Fire." The next "Scarlet/Fire" would be on 5/21 and is my favorite version of the combo, and this one displays some of that brilliant playing by the band. The layers of this transition is marvelous. Phil starts the bomb dropping as Jerry steps on the petal and Bobby holds it for a bit longer with a twinkling guitar rift, before the descention into "Fire." Superburb.
I have a confession to make. But it's sort of a secret. So. I love Donna's blood curling call to the "Playin' Main Ten" reprised march. It's usually loud as hell, although this one is not, and how many times have you left a concert and said "It was no good because it was too loud." The loudest concert I've ever been to was the Black Crowes at Irving Plaza. My ears were ringing for three days afterwards. It was epic. I loved it. Just like I love Donna.
I: Minglewood, Half Step, El Paso, TLOE, Straw, Jack A Roe, LL Rain, Jed, Passenger, High Time, Big River, Sunrise, Scarlet, Fire
II: Samson, Bertha, Good Lovin', BE Woman, Estimated, Terrapin, Playin', Drums, Wharf Rat, Playin' E: Sugar Mags