Grateful Dead

Featured Show: May 17, 1977

Featured Show: May 17, 1977

Take a closer look at Coliseum, University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (5/17/77), the last show in our May 1977 boxed set.

Listening Party

MAY 17, 1977

"Mississippi Halfstep"

David Lemieux on May 17, 1977


Show #5
Coliseum, University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (5/17/77)

Disc 1
1. New Minglewood Blues [5:46]
2. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo> [10:28]
3. El Paso [4:48]
4. They Love Each Other [7:42]
5. Jack Straw [5:37]
6. Jack-A-Roe [5:59]
7. Looks Like Rain [8:10]
8. Tennessee Jed [8:46]
9. Passenger [3:36]
10. High Time [8:32]
11. Big River [6:39]

Disc 2
1. Sunrise [4:35]
2. Scarlet Begonias> [13:02]
3. Fire On The Mountain [13:14]
4. Samson and Delilah> [6:43]
5. Bertha> [6:16]
6. Good Lovin' [6:02]
7. Brown-Eyed Women [5:34]

Disc 3
1. Estimated Prophet [8:55]
2. Terrapin Station> [11:23]
3. Playing In The Band> [12:20]
4. Drums> [4:49]
5. Wharf Rat> [12:53]
6. Playing In The Band [6:06]
7. Sugar Magnolia [9:15]


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Chrkelly79's picture
Joined: Jun 23 2017
5/17/77 Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Disc 2 from box set)

I had a question for some folks who have an extensive knowledge and collection of not only auds but from official releases. A few years back I bought the May '77 Box Set #4352/15000 and it's absolutely one of the most precious pieces of music I own. Sadly, Disc 2 from May 17th show at Univ of Alabama "somehow" walked itself out of the set I keep in a very safe spot in my house. So long story short, would anyone who owns the box set be willing to burn me a CD of that disc so I can at least have the complete set stored digitally. Who knows, maybe someday I'll go crazy enough to spend several hundred dollars on one CD out of 14 in order to complete my physical set. I don't believe this breaks any ethical rules since I did technically purchase the full set. Always want to make sure the money is going to the artists.

Joined: Feb 18 2013
A Religious Experience

I was there in Tuscaloosa that evening and, thankfully, a bit cosmic. I've been to hundreds of concerts and have lived a very full life, but I've not experienced anything like 5/17/77 before or since. I've never been a "church person" though I've often wished those Sunday gatherings could offer me some spiritual food. However, I remember walking out of the venue that evening and telling my girlfriend "That's what church should be like", and to this day I wish it was. It was a true communion...the crowd and the band were solidly linked in ways that transcended eyes and ears. It was amazing! So glad I happened to be there...

Milton Bosch's picture
Joined: Jan 9 2009
May 17, 1977 Tuscaloosa, Alabama show

This show was very important to me in so many ways. Two college friends from Wyoming hitchhiked from Laramie and met up with me in Monroe, Louisiana. A third friend from Monroe drove the 4 of us in his 2-seater sports car to Tuscaloosa, and we were the first people in line for the concert. For two of my friends, this was their very first Grateful Dead show. Were leaned on the stage, dead center, for the whole show...and what an amazing show it was!

Joined: Jun 15 2007
Great Show

I was there with my good friend, Annie. Still love her. That's never going to change either.

guit30's picture
Joined: May 1 2009
Yeh, That would have been

That would have been nice,maybe one of my favorite intersecting songs, then they like drop it for a few years. No China Cat til DP 10 12/29/77 (The absolutely perfect brothers band)Great Show, sound quality is not that great cause the had not started doing HDCD til DP 15,

Joined: Apr 25 2009
Wow, what a half step, gave

Wow, what a half step, gave me goosebumps and a smile.

Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008
listening to my entire collection straight through


I play these games once every while: playing artists from A > Z, playing all artists or playin complete work of one artist. For me this last alternative, listening to the complete body of work of a single artist tends to be too monotonous with GD, Zappa, Miles, Beach boys, Phil Lesh, Lou Reed (and Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn)...

Joined: Jun 13 2007

It's May 17th.

A 17th on the 17th.

A once in a lifetime kinda thing.
Like aged whiskey you have to
wait 17 years to drink. Here's
to the music of this aged,
polished and rightfully shining
span of greatness.

5 Beautiful Shows- Glistening.

Thanks, xo.

wilfredtjones's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
DP 29

I'm listening to my entire collection straight through and am currently on DP 29. 5-19-77 is a gem of a show. First China Doll in years...

Moses Quasar's picture
Joined: Nov 20 2011

waiting for this box set,having a few IPAs, I'm breaking out DP3, I need a Help/Slip/Frank.....Take care all....


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