We’re just dipping back into the greatest hits as of late. Well, part of that was the methodology used the select songs for the past month. As you may have noticed I opted for one song from each Dick’s Picks release, in order starting on November 1st. I didn’t want to repeat any songs in that span and by this point the pickin’s were getting a bit slim.
Well, slim pickin’s isn’t really an accurate description, more like limited choices depending on what was on the release, what was already picked, and what stood out to me. So we have another version of Eyes Of The World and our second from 1977, but this one is from the fall tour and by that point the vibe had changed from the historic spring tour. By and large, I think I’ve gotten a good sampling of Eyes though – ’73, ’77, ’83, ’91 – at least enough to see how things changed. Now that I think about it I’m surprised that the Branford Eyes hasn’t made the cut yet, but perhaps it’s just too obvious.
In 1977 the Dead played 60 shows. They played Eyes of the World at exactly 20 of those, giving it a .333 hitting percentage. Not bad. I can’t help but think one of the factors that helped make 1977 such a hallowed year is the song selection. Obviously the new Terrapin Station material was key, mainly the title track and Estimated Prophet, but couple those with other heavy hitters like Eyes, a resurgent St. Stephen, and those epic Scarlet > Fires, not to mention the band’s freight train sound and tight playing. But I think the latter sparkled even more because of the vessels chosen.