Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Baghdad Swings

I’ve recommended this show before, and you’ve heard it before, and there’s nothing new about 2/26/77 from the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, CA: it’s just a spectacular piece of choogle.

It’s got the first this, and also a bust-out that; they also premiered the other thing, but did not play The Other One. Was 2/26 the best show played by the Dead in February of ’77? Probably! 50/50 shot, at least, and until the Betty (or any SBD, really) of the 2/27 surfaces, I will never be able to answer that question. Can I pat my head and rub my tummy at the same time? Yes, absolutely.

And while you’re listening, go read about Saddam Hussein’s daily routine. He liked to swim, and execute people.


  1. In a bold move, they opened that show with the freshly baked Robert Johnson homage, Terraplane Stanchion.

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      August 7, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      You’re thinking of a different show: the Dead opened this night with their brand-new tune, Sassafrass Trucheon.

      • It could be we are both wrong. Maybe it was Terrapin Shame? Robert Hunter, who is just about as reliable an authority as could be found, is quoted in the ruthlessly curated comments section of

        “Seems like you’d had the vision of the music about the same time I had the vision of the words, independently. Terrapin. Shame about the record, but the concert piece, the first night it was played, took me about as close as I ever expect to get to feeling certain we were doing what we were put here to do.”

        But whichever tune it was, no doubt they launched it from the get go to minimise the risk of Garcia forgetting the lyrics. For Elgin Playboy, with the reliable Weir handling the vocals, they were confident enough play another couple of tunes before once again baffling the faithful.

  2. Man, that tape sounds sooo good, too bad it’s never been up for official release.

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