At the Drive-In: Relationship of Command

Last 2 tracks were bonus tracks. I could kind of tell. This album is noisier and harder than previous albums. It kind of wears you down after a while. Pitchfork upgraded it from a 6.1 to a 8.3 for the reissue. That’s funny. Anyway, there’s a reason I’ve only listened to this one a handful of times. It doesn’t grab me.

The Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Volume 20, September 28, 1976 Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.

Nothing to hate about this show. “Eyes of the World” is better with 2 drummers. It’s all pretty decent, but it really doesn’t grab me. Doesn’t include my favorite songs of the era also. Listening to it again wouldn’t be a mistake, but when there’s Dick’s Picks 33 out there….

The Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Volume 20, September 25, 1976, Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland

First 2 discs of the set. Has every song from the show except “It’s All Over Now.” Pretty good set. “Sugar Magnolia” has a cool ending. There’s also a cool jam that leads into the rest of “St. Stephen.”

The Grateful Dead: Dave’s Picks Volume 4, September 24, 1976, College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Decent enough show. Long “Slipknot!” jam with a drum solo in the middle. “Supplication” is played in the middle of “Playing in the band which is weird and different. It’s 2 hours and 40 minutes. A good pick for a single 1976 show.