10

May

1978

Grateful Dead

Dick's Picks, Vol. 25: Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT

05/10/78 Dick's Picks, Vol.  25: Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT

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Set One

Jack Straw 411

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They Love Each Other 465

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Cassidy 322

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Ramble On Rose 450

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Me & My Uncle 180

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Big River 416

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Peggy-O 472

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Let It Grow 580

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Deal 426

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Cold Rain & Snow 423

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Beat It On Down The Line 211

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Friend Of The Devil 516

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Looks Like Rain 553

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Loser 468

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New Minglewood Blues 347

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Tennessee Jed 527

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Lazy Lightning 201

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Supplication 391

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Set Two

Bertha 487

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Good Lovin' 380

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Estimated Prophet 724

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Eyes of the World 737

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Drums 1071

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The Other One 991

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Wharf Rat 614

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Sugar Magnolia 574

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Scarlet Begonias 581

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Fire On The Mountain 516

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Dancin' In The Streets 912

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Drums 1193

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Not Fade Away 621

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Stella Blue 526

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Around and Around 555

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First Encore

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Second Encore

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Show Notes

Dick's Picks 25

  • Discs 1 & 2 are from 5/10/78 Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT
  • Discs 3 & 4 are from 5/11/78 Springfield Civic Arena, Springfield, MA

Features material from two shows in their May 1978 tour: Veteran's Memorial Coliseum show in New Haven, Connecticut on 5/10/78 and Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts on 5/11/78.

The 25th installment of Dick’s Picks presents the bulk of two shows on consecutive New England nights in the spring of 1978. The first finds the band in New Haven, home of Yale University and quite possibly the best pizza to be found anywhere in the United States. Particularly noteworthy are: the inspired juxtapositions of (and turn-on-a-dime segues between) “Let It Grow” and “Deal” (which closed the first set) and “Bertha” and “Good Lovin’” (which opened the second); an “Eyes Of The World” that weds a particularly brisk tempo with playing of great subtlety and delicacy; a long and rewarding Rhythm Devils excursion with strong Caribbean and Brazilian flavors, which dovetails beautifully into a powerful “The Other One > Wharf Rat > Sugar Magnolia” sequence to bring it all home.

The next night, after a nice, easy one-hour ride up I-91, the Dead were in the birthplace of basketball, Springfield, MA, to play at the town’s Civic Center, one of those venues where they just always seemed to play well. 5/11/78 was no exception to that rule, as the band effortlessly picked up where they’d left off the previous evening and never let the momentum flag, getting the crowd move in the cozy arena with first-set faves like “Cold Rain and Snow,” “Beat It On Down The Line,” “Tennessee Jed” and a terrifically played “Lazy Lightnin’ > Supplication,” then lighting up the second half with, among other delights, “Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain,” a tirelessly grooving “Dancing In The Streets,” a heartbreakingly lovely “Stella Blue” and a knockout “Around and Around.” They topped the evening off with a double-dip encore: a rare (one of only a dozen) Dead performance of the then-current Warren Zevon hit “Werewolves Of London” and a rocking bonus of “Johnny B. Goode.”

Musicians

  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
  • Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals
  • Keith Godchaux - piano
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, vocals

Credits 

  • New Haven, CT recording - Owsley Stanley
  • Springfield, MA recording - Betty Cantor-Jackson
  • CD Mastering - Jeffrey Norman
  • Tape Archivists - Dick Latvala, David Lemieux
  • Archival Research - Eileen Law/Grateful Dead Archives
  • Photography - Jim Anderson, Robert Minkin
  • Package Design - Robert Minkin