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Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO 7/8/78
Grateful Dead were at the peak of their powers on RED ROCKS 7/8/78, the latest live release from the vaults of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. The 3-CD set was recorded between TERRAPIN STATION and SHAKEDOWN STREET, whose the stellar seven-piece line-up makes the band’s first visit to the Morrison, Colorado amphitheatre a memorable one. The venue's outstanding acoustics are further burnished by the skills of faithful Dead engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson, whose crisp soundboard recordings are renown among fans as “Betty Boards.” From the opening notes of “Bertha” through such favorites as “Estimated Prophet” and “Wharf Rat” until a gleeful closing version of Warren Zevon's “Werewolves Of London,” the energy and inspired performances never let up.