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Dillon Stadium - Hartford, CT

Set 1:
Scarlet Begonias
Me And My Uncle
Brown-Eyed Women
Beat It On Down The Line
Mississippi Half-Step
It Must Have Been The Roses
Mexicali Blues
Row Jimmy
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Around And Around

Set 2:
Big River
Eyes Of The World
China Doll
Promised Land
Ship Of Fools
WRS Prelude
WRS Part 1
Let It Grow

Set 3:
El Paso
Ramble On Rose
Greatest Story Ever Told
To Lay Me Down
Heaven Help Jam
Spanish Jam
Wharf Rat
U.S. Blues
One More Saturday Night

Uncle John's Band

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The "Heaven Help Jam" in the third set is actually an uptempo "Mind Left Body Jam". The encore was "Uncle John's Band".

hey, my mom was at this show if u ever check here for some odd reason u may know her. anyway her name then was daniella serrano, i wannna get the tape of this 4 my mom because it was her first dead show and is the oe she remembers best. if u knew her or have the tape let me know. e-mail me

one of those wonderful "3 set monster" shows that were few and far between but usually always special.
this one is no exception...a summer day full of beautiful dead music as they explored everything from country to rock to blues to jazz...just another "day at the office" for the dead but wow did their work ever pay some "mind melt dividends" folks!!

great show, way to start off a show with a power house like scarlet, fantastic.

My second Dead show in that magical summer of '74. It may be hard for people to imagine.. but it was SIX hours long...went from six at night until midnight...the set list doesn't include a a crazy seastones was fun to find this on the net after30!

my sister was going to take me i was 14 at the time and was so eager to go but she left me at home I was so pist when she came home i picked all her p plants ,haha sis who was laughin then
anyway she told me it was killer some 5 to 6 hrs long and justa beautiful day after t6hat she never left me at home and so began my road adventer that lasted some 25 years and 300 plus shows ,

Yeah this is a killer show! Bobby's super into it and Jerry is rippin! By the way, Matt (rageunite420) I've got a soundboard copy of this show (7/31/74)! Just let me know and I'll float you a copy!


Me & My Uncle and Mexical not on tape

BE Woman-great guitar work, bending chords in the first chorus, fat Phil and Keith in key and only the 2nd song.

BIODTL-8 beats

Excellent transition from Half Step>Roses where Jerry's voice is pure butter.

2nd set is laid back playing but if they are going for 6 hours, works well.

China Doll and Lay Me Down, Jerry gives us the ballads per set.

Scorcher of a show!

-Perrinswolf (08/15/2007)

Anybody see the guy in the orange raincoat at this show? The guy was everywhere!
- (09/05/2007)

To Lay Me Down-Prolly the best version. Garcia's viscious licks played with maddening slowness to keep every hair standing up along w/his hauntingly crisp vocals and bedrock Phil made chills go up and down my spine as the song delicately crumbles into Truckin'.
-Brianmerrilyn (02/18/2008)

Absolutely beautiful Half Step > Roses. the Half Step in paritcular is like a soul-exorcism, it is so full of strong powerful bittersweet cleansing emotion.

To lay me down as noted is sweet....China>Rider has a wonderful Feelin' Groovy jam inside...Truckin>MLB Jam>Spanish Jam>Wharf Rat is EVERY BIT as gloirous as it sounds....go and download a SBD of this however you can!!! Try speedingarrow
- (03/04/2008)

That outdoor sound. Beautiful evening with the sun setting behind the band. Sched 6:30 PM start - at 6:00 Phil strolls up to the mike and announces "looks like everyone is here, so we're gonna get started" Outrageous China>Rider with multiple peaks. Everything played and sung beautifully. I once had an aud from the first set, and the hootin' & hollerin' on Me & My Uncle said it all about the crowd's psyched up mood. Before the UJB encore, a long tuning up, and then Phil - "It will sound a lot better if it's in tune". Perfect way to end 3 splendid sets. Magical, magical night.
- (02/05/2009)

This is DEFINITELY the dead at the top of their game. As a previous reviewer wrote, the band (Jerr-Bear especially!) *LOVED* playing this venue. It was a favorite.

Some criticize 76' as being "too mellow"; granted, it doesn't have the spiking ferocity of 68' or 69' (or even 1970 for that matter!), but 1976 is in a LEAGUE of its own. Dead base rates this show as 11th of the year and 508th of all time great (GRATE?) shows. I have to respectfully disagree. I am *not* saying this is the best show of the year, but you Phil lovers are going to be in the zone in this one!

Highlights are DEFINITELY the Help-Slip-Frank combo (c-c-c-c-c-COMBO!)

The 14 minute Sugaree is no slouch either; and although I prefer earlier ("raw-er" sounding "Loser"s,) this one isn't half bad. Hell, it's not even 3/4ths bad! :) The Wheel is always a must in 76'. The only thing this show is missing to make it a TRUE top 5 contender for the year was the "Mission in the Rain", and as many of you true heads know, it was played (by the dead, NOT JGB!) a mere 5 times, all in 76'. The dates this GEM was played were as follows:

06/04/76- Paramount Theater - Portland, OR
06/10/76- Boston Music Hall - Boston, MA
06/12/76- Boston Music Hall - Boston, MA
06/18/76- Capitol Theater - Passaic, NJ
06/29/76- Auditorium Theater - Chicago, IL

In my VERY humble opinion, the 06/29/76 version (last time played by the dead,) was the absolute best version. It was almost like they perfected it to such a degree that there was no reason to ever play it again.


5 star songs:
Help-Slip=Frank!!! *****
Sugaree *****

4 star songs
Loser ****
Wheel ****
It Must Have Been The Roses ****

Everything else is at LEAST a three star song, with the SOLE exception of the encore (Johnny B. Goode to end a show like THIS?!?) I would lean towards five stars if they encored with a Brokedown or something of similar ilk; however, unlike a lot of reviewers on this site, I'll tell you how it really is:


SHOW: 4.5
"Dead" Factor: 4.5
"Jam" Factor (smooth as silk throughout): 5


So, not to be stingy, (I wish they had half star ratings,) the encore killed this show for me, but: bottom line- do you want it?? YES! Do you NEED it??!? YES! Is it a top 10 desert island pick?!? Close, but, sadly... no. :(

-----> Therefore, 4 stars overall. <------
-----> **** STARS (4 stars) **** <------

ps- from now on, I will MIRROR *ALL* my archive reviews at

pps- this is still top ten, despite deadbase's review, if you can get a *CLEAN* SBD of this show, preferably a CM version, then, by all means, DO IT!!!!

-=GREENFoX / aka / Jerryinapouch

(email for kind heads lookin'for this show?):

Get it? Just remove the "(REMOVEFORSPAMROBOTS) part and that's how you reach me. ;) Peace.

- (03/01/2009)

SORRY I WAS COMMENTING ON A DIFFERENT SHOW: here are my thoughts for THIS gem!:


Best songs: Eyes, To Lay me Down, China Doll, Wharf Rat.

Hell, the eyes alone is almost 18 and a half minutes long. For those that like the super long shows from 74' MINUS the seastones or drums- well, this one is for you. If it had a dark star it might be best of all time. Definitely 4.5 stars, so for generosity's sake, we round up to 5 stars. This show is SO LONG I'm not even sure you could fit it on anything less than three discs, Good ol' Grateful Dead at their best! The levels are simply perfect; what else could one want?!? Take care handling this one; it's super hot!

One last thing; the transitions are so seamless you might not even know what song you're on till' you're there! Take care!

(post copied to!)
- (03/01/2009)

Green fox is a homo gayin with the band
-Perrinswolf (07/26/2009)

This show is crazy. Does anybody know what time it started and what was the complete running time?
- (01/24/2011)

Chris - Try Reading the comments brother man
-I Like To Read (02/28/2011)

soon-to-be Dave's Picks #2
-Anonymous (01/17/2012)
-Nice Gilligan hat Phil (03/24/2012)

Summer between 10th and 11th grades: First show I ever travelled to out of state,from LI there by Greyhound; back via a ride out of the parking lot and hitchiking in the middle of the Long Island Expressway in Queens around 4-5 am. Never forgot this great show. Wall of sound, Jerry was clean shaven. The China Cat/Rider and that Truckin Jam into Wharf Rat always stayed in my head. How would I have known that night I would be listening to it again in stereo on something called a CD, 38 years later?
- (09/01/2012)

No surprise at all that Dave chose this show for a Pick. Phil goes crazy in the latter half of Eyes. Great Jerry licks throughout China Cat and Rider... '74 was a great year for that pairing. Scarlet Begonias opener is wonderful, too. Just a great show all the way through. Third set jam is pure '74 magic.
-Just Exactly Perfect Band (12/26/2017)

Dave's Picks 2

Disc 1

Scarlet Begonias 8:21
Me and My Uncle 3:14
Brown-Eyed Women 4:49
Beat It On Down the Line 3:38
Mississippi Half-Step 8:01
It Must Have Been the Roses 5:24
Mexicali Blues 3:45
Row Jimmy 8:51
Jack Straw 5:12
China Cat Sunflower 9:03
I Know You Rider 5:56
Around and Around 5:03

Disc 2

Bertha 5:38
Big River 5:13
Eyes of the World 18:30
China Doll 4:47
Promised Land 3:29
Ship of Fools 6:19
Weather Report Suite 17:08
El Paso 4:54
Ramble On Rose 6:27
Greatest Story Ever Told 5:56

Disc 3

To Lay Me Down 8:09
Truckin' 17:53
Mind Left Body Jam 7:24
Spanish Jam 5:40
Wharf Rat 9:31
U.S. Blues 6:01
One More Saturday Night 5:43
Uncle John's Band 6:26

-Bookkeeper (07/21/2019)

>>> thank you Sirius for sharing the 7/31/1974 Hartford CT show with us today for the 12:00 Noon Hour ...

iko iko forever & a day

- (02/13/2021)

32 songs and over three hours of bliss. Some of the finest GD music out there, 74 was an amazing year for the band. Hearing it live through the wall of sound must have been other worldly. Peace
- (07/11/2022)

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Band Configuration
(07/16/72 - 10/19/74)

Lead Guitar: Jerry Garcia
Rhythm Guitar: Bob Weir
Bass: Phil Lesh
Keyboards: Keith Godchaux
Drums: Bill Kreutzmann
Backup Vocals: Donna Godchaux

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