This may well be the single best MUSIC NEVER STOPPED the Grateful Dead ever played. Just bursting with energy. Wholly unique. This is not the world’s greatest audience recording, but you get such a feel for the space (Dane County Coliseum, Madison, WI) and the crowd reaction as to make it more than a worthwhile listen. It’s also a great way to lead into the weekend. I’ve always thought ’78 Dead was underrated and under-appreciated. They were still coming off of the perfection that was most of ’77 and were still far enough away from the demise that set in not long after Brent joined the band in ’79. Jerry was still glorying in the sheer energy of “rocking out” after the beautiful and more mellow sounds of ’76. Early 1978 was full of shows that simply exploded with energy as if all the emotions in the world were being channeled through one band. And what a band… Enjoy.
My link to this song is temporary. If it is no longer active, you can stream or download the entire show (including THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED) on the Internet Archive at: