Pinpointing the creative zenith of the Grateful Dead’s career would be a challenge fit for even Sisyphus. That said, one could do a lot worse than looking to the fabled spring tour of 1977, long considered by Dead Heads as the very best. During a remarkable 26 shows in 37 days, the Dead played with unparalleled energy, wit, passion and power — a band at the very top of its game. The tour ended on a euphoric note May 28 at the Hartford Civic Center in Connecticut, where the band previewed several tracks from its soon-to-be-released ninth studio album Terrapin Station.
TO TERRAPIN: HARTFORD ’77 revisits that glorious spring evening in New England, presenting the entire show in HDCD, mastered from the original soundboard tapes. The set contains 21 unreleased live songs and an extensive 16-page booklet featuring rare photos taken at the actual concert. The three-disc collection will be available April 7 at retail outlets and Dead.net for a suggested list price of $19.98 (CD) and $14.99 (digital).