May 08, 1977
General Admission: $7.50
Set List:New Minglewood Blues
They Love Each Other
Brown Eyed Women
Dancin' in the Streets
Fire on the Mountain
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night
Attendees of this show
This was my first show and what a show it was! It certainly set the hook that continues to be there some thirty years later!!!
What an introduction to the Dead. The spirit still lives and it always amazes people who've heard the amazing second set tape that someone actually saw this show as their first.
But I worked on stage for this one!
I was a member of the Cornell Concert Committee and lucky enough to get on the stage crew. Hard work it was but also great fun. And, we got to meet the band!
This show surely goes down as my all-time favorite. The fact that it snowed later on that night made it even more memorable...
BTW, if anyone else out there also worked the crew, I'd love to hear from you. Happy to say that I still have the t-shirt from the show and my CCC jersey.
No doubt this was a great show from what I believe was the last truly great year for the band. I doubt there are many that would agree with me, but I preferred the next show in Buffalo, primarily because of song selection. The two high points in this show for me were Brown Eyed Women - the best I've ever heard - and Morning Dew.
Either it snowed going to the show or else it snowed the day before. Packed house, driving from Cortland NY to the big city, Ha ha , 30 miles away. It was one of the last concerts I enjoyed.
Before they were hip to the whippets....
I was 20years old, We had driven up from Rockland County with a stop the day before at our local restaurant supply house We were loaded down with the whippets, as well as other party favorites. The show was general admission and between my friends and I we brought in a shitload of whippets
We were right in front on the right side and the Dead were watching us do the Nitrous. The boys were on fire, and everytime Jerry would take a lead we would pass the cannister around,Jerry kept going deeper and deeper into each song . By the last song of the first set(Dancin') we were all pretty ripped. To this day we still refer to that Dancin' As the Nitrous Jam from cornell. We had 3rd row in Buffalo the next night. When ever I want to turn somebody on to the Dead. I play those 2 shows for them. They were truly amazing those nights. The Palladium Shows for that tour we Excellent Also...
All -Ways Grateful
I maintain that this was the best show I ever attended. Eventually I did get a complete master copy and wore it out. When Dick's Pick 14 came out it was promoted in Brooklyn and I asked Dick why he didn't publish Barton Hall, his answer in his graveled voice was, hell everybody and his brother has that!!
That version of Morning Dew still moves me more than the many I have seen live.
...but I was only a ten-year-old kid at the time. ;)
Did cross paths years later and did some touring with a dude who was a student at Cornell at the time and who saw the whole northeast run in the spring of '77, the lucky dog.
I reckon "Row Jimmy" the best thing before the break, and I personally rate the first set from the following nite in Buffalo a shade better than the one played at Barton Hall...but then, I suppose that such is to argue favorite ice cream flavors, isn't it (who cares --it's *all* ice cream!).
As for the second set at Barton, I lack in my vocabulary the superlatives required to do it justice, and it's all been done before anyway.
This is one of my most memorable shows I attended for a bunch of reasons. First, getting into the show was insane. They opened one half of a double door for a dance show. We were crushed getting in. I remember my friends and me running to the front only to be crushed again. I decided to go to the back of the auditorium so I could dance and have room. Second, it was mother’s day. That made Mama Tried extra special. That is also way Bob says, “ Thanks Mom” after the song. Lastly, it did snow that night. In fact it was a blizzard. I remember someone saying to me at intermission, it is snowing. I thought they were the one tripping not me :).
Everyone in the band was on that night…what a great show. I listen to it anytime I start feeling like life is creeping in on me. I close my eyes and I am back in 1977.
Rained on the way in, snowed on the way out. Mother's Day & my mother's birthday as well. I still visit Ithaca once or twice a year and I'd swear that there are some Heads there that went up for the show & never left. Either that or somebody spiked the water supply because it's still the hippest place on this side of the US of A.
The show deserves all the accolades it gets and, taken as a triptych with the preceding & suceeding nights, represents the pinnacle, no? "The Enemy Is Listening" indeed...