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Dave's Picks Volume 29: Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA 2/26/77
Archivist David Lemieux ducks the rain for this one. Find out why he thinks listening to 2/26/77 is pure joy, from the surprising first set to a second one filled with uniqueness.
Listening party: Dave’s Picks 29
“Estimated Prophet”
“Tennessee Jed”
“The Music Never Stopped”

Dave's Picks Volume 29: Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA 2/26/77


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An institution in American rock music, the Grateful Dead continue to surprise the ears with new arrangements and altered styles. If their playing continues with the force that was heard in San Bernardino, the spirit of the Dead will live on. - Sun Telegram

We are more than pleased to kick off this year's Dave's Picks series with the much requested and quite spirited complete performance from Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA 2/26/77. The Swing ’77 show was a unique beast, unlike any others from this era: as the band’s first concert of the year, it bridged the gap between the new and re-emerging sound of the returning 1976 Grateful Dead and the precision excellence of the spring ’77 Dead. Debuting two of their most intricately crafted songs of the 1970s, “Terrapin Station” (to open, no less!) and “Estimated Prophet,” the Dead demonstrated right from the start of this new touring year that they were not going to be a nostalgia act; they were going to be as adventurous and ambitious as they were at any time in their career.

Join the adventure as they soar through tried and true ("Playing In The Band," "Tennessee Jed"), well-loved covers ("Mama Tried," "Samson and Delilah," "Dancing In the Street"), and epic new jams.

Rounded out with three songs from Santa Barbara, CA 2/27/77, this one was recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson and has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman.

Dave's Picks Volume 29 is limited to 20,000 individually-numbered copies*.

*Limited to 2 per order. Very limited quantity available.

Mastered to HDCD Specs by Jeffrey Norman
Limited to 20,000
Released on February 1st, 2019
Track Listing

Disc 1

            1.         TERRAPIN STATION    [12:25]

            2.         NEW MINGLEWOOD BLUES   [5:27]

            3.         THEY LOVE EACH OTHER        [7:12]

            4.         ESTIMATED PROPHET [7:46]

            5.         SUGAREE        [11:44]

            6.         MAMA TRIED  [3:04]

            7.         DEAL    [6:07]

            8.         PLAYING IN THE BAND>         [13:46]

            9.         THE WHEEL>   [5:29]

            10.       PLAYING IN THE BAND           [5:10]


Disc 2

            1.         SAMSON AND DELILAH           [7:23]

            2.         TENNESSEE JED           [9:12]

            3.         THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED [6:58]

            4.         HELP ON THE WAY>   [5:44]

            5.         SLIPKNOT!>     [7:31]

            6.         FRANKLIN’S TOWER   [13:37]

            7.         PROMISED LAND         [5:03]


Disc 3

            1.         EYES OF THE WORLD> [12:09]

            2.         DANCING IN THE STREET>     [9:46]

            3.         AROUND AND AROUND         [7:50]

            4.         U.S. BLUES      [6:17]


Robertson Gym, University Of California, Santa Barbara, CA (2/27/77)

             5.        MORNING DEW>        [13:58]

             6.        SUGAR MAGNOLIA     [9:45]

             7.        JOHNNY B. GOODE     [4:23]