Sunday, July 24, 2005

Build A Set List - The Late 70s

Last week, I started a Build Your Own Set List series. Today, it's time to try one from the late 70's (1976-78), essentially, post-hiatus to pre-Brent. This period is one of the most popular amongst Deadheads, including possibly their best year overall of live music, 1977. They had left their most experimental psychedelic and jazz influenced days behind them, for the most part, and had reformed post-hiatus with a much fuller and more precise sound. With this came, it seems, a shorter list of songs that were in their regular rotation, but with several excellent new songs in the mix.

Same rules apply as from the first in this series. Basically, just try to keep with the basic format of the shows from that time.
Late 70s ('76-'78) Ultimate Set List:

Set 1
Help On The Way>
Franklins Tower
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Brown Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
Might As Well
Lazy Lightning>Supplication

Set 2
Promised Land
Crazy Fingers
Samson and Delilah
Scarlet Begonias>
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Good Lovin'
The Wheel
Sugar Magnolia

One More Saturday Night

Any resemblance to any set this The Grateful Dead may of performed at this time is purely coincidental.


At 12:38 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Hard to top that. Maybe the addition of China Cat/Rider???

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Personally, I prefer the China Cat>Rider's from earlier in the decade. Should be included in a future "Build A Set List" Post.

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous jonathan said...

OK, I'll try this one too:

Set 1:
Might As Well, Cassidy, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Me and My Uncle > Big River, Friend of the Devil, Lazy Lightning > Supplication, Deal

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain, Samson and Delilah, Ship of Fools, Playin > Drums > Playin > Comes a Time > The Other One > Morning Dew > Around and Around

E: Sugar Magnolia

Yep, I really like "Deal" as a set1 closer. :-)

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Might As Well opener? Interesting. Gotta have the Lazy>Supplication, truly one of their most underrated song combos. Great start to the 2nd with Scarlet>Fire. Not a big fan of Comes A Time, but it was a regular part of the rotation, especially in '76. Thought about Morning Dew, but I'll probably add that in to a set list for another time period (trying to avoid repeating certain songs, although I did it myself wiht Jack Straw). Sugar Mag Encore? I like it! Did they ever do it as an encore though? Great job again Jonathan!

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Ben - Didn't see the "late" - Yer right. Do an early to mid seventies and I'll take a stab at it. You and Jonathan already got all the good songs on this one!

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Stealie33 said...

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At 8:58 AM, Anonymous jonathan said...

Hey Ben- Sugar Mag seemed to Encore quite a few shows in 1977. I was surprised too. :-)

And "Might As Well" opened its share of shows too.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Good to know, Might As Well is a great opener, and Sugar Mag is a hell of a closer. Thanks for the info.


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