Grateful Dead* ‎– McArthur Court, U. Of Oregon, Eugene, OR • 1/22/78

Rhino Records (2) ‎– R2-557455, Grateful Dead Records ‎– R2-557455
Dave's Picks – Volume 23
3 × CD, HDCD, Limited Edition, Numbered

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1-1 New Minglewood Blues
Arranged By [Trad. Arr.] – Grateful Dead*Written-By – Trad.*
1-2 Dire Wolf
Written-By – Garcia*, Hunter*
1-3 Cassidy
Written-By – Weir*, Barlow*
1-4 Peggy-O
Arranged By [Trad. Arr.] – Grateful Dead*Written-By – Trad.*
1-5 El Paso
Written-By – Robbins*
1-6 Tennessee Jed
Written-By – Garcia*, Hunter*
1-7 Jack Straw
Written-By – Weir*, Hunter*
1-8 Row Jimmy
Written-By – Garcia*, Hunter*
1-9 The Music Never Stopped
Written-By – Weir*, Barlow*
2-1 Bertha
Written-By – Garcia*, Hunter*
2-2 Good Lovin'
Written-By – Resnick*, Clark*
2-3 Ship Of Fools
Written-By – Garcia*, Hunter*
2-4 Samson & Delilah
Arranged By [Trad. Arr.] – Bob WeirWritten-By – Trad.*
3-1 Terrapin Station
Written-By – Garcia*, Hunter*
3-2 Drums
Written-By – Kreutzmann*, Hart*
3-3 The Other One
Written-By – Kreutzmann*, Weir*
3-4 Space
Written-By – Weir*, Garcia*, Lesh*
3-5 St. Stephen
Written-By – Garcia*, Lesh*, Hunter*
3-6 Not Fade Away
Written-By – Hardin*, Petty*
3-7 Around And Around
Written-By – Berry*
3-8 U.S. Blues
Written-By – Garcia*, Hunter*

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Recorded live at McArthur Court, University Of Oregon, Eugene, OR • January 22, 1978

All Songs © Ice Nine Publishing Co. Inc. (ASCAP) except where noted
1-5 Mariposa Music Inc./Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI); 2-2 Alley Music Corp./Trio Music Co. (BMI); 3-6 MPL Communications/Wren Music (BMI); 3-7 Isalee Music Co. (BMI)

Tapes provided through the Assistance of ABCD Enterprises, LLC
CD Mastering [...] at Mockingbird Mastering, Petaluma, CA
Photos: © Bruce Polonsky/
Archival Research: UC Santa Cruz Grateful Dead Archive

Liner Notes: "McArthur Court Is Melting In The Oort (Close Encounters in Eugene)"

All selections are previously unissued recordings.

℗ & © 2017 Grateful Dead Productions.
Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company [...] Printed in U.S.A.

Track listing on release:
CD2: Bertha> Good Lovin' [...]
CD3: Terrapin Station> Drums> The Other One> Space> St. Stephen> Not Fade Away> Around And Around [...]

3 Disc set issued in 8-panel Digipak-style packaging with 16 pp. booklet. Limited to 16,500 individually numbered copies.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 081227942601
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): (621739) 3 R2 557455-2.1 TEXT 03 0104
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): (621741) 3 R2 557455-2.2 TEXT 02 0001
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3): (621743) 3 R2 557455-2.3 TEXT 03 0001
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1): IFPI L779
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2, CD3): IFPI L247
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI KKBB
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI KKBQ
  • Mould SID Code (CD3): IFPI KK2T
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI


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August 10, 2017

This is a great release. One of the few releases where I equally enjoy both the first and second sets. Hearing The Other>Space>St.Stephen run at this quality is especially satisfying. Too bad this is a limited edition release. I have it but am firm in my belief that it should be available for any existing or new fan to Grateful dead music.

Not sure about the claim that it is worth $75. So many releases out there and so many more to come! The Dead's Red Rocks 7/8/78 (included in the box set) release is not limited and still available at a fair price. It's a great show as well and from the same year as this release.

Kudos again to the production team on this one.


August 6, 2017
FINALLY!!!!! With the recent return of MUCH material (including tons of reels recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson) which was missing from the GRATEFUL DEAD Archive, shows such as 1/22/1978 from McArthur's Court in Eugene, OR are finally getting released. One could easily argue that Dave's Picks Vol. 23 may be the most well-known and legendary show of the series (so far). Holy hell was it worth the wait! For those of you who've had the ok sounding multi-generation, patched SBD versions of 1/22/1978 you will be totally floored when you hear the quality of this release. Easily one of the BEST sounding gigs of 1978, with the return of Betty's Master Reels, this legendary show (often referred to as "The Close Encounters Show") has been restored and remastered with extreme skill by Jeffery Norman. And now that there is a near-perfect quality release of 1/22/1978 it is even more apparent how absolutely mind-blowing this high-energy, super-tight show truly was. Easily one of the Top 5 Shows of 1978 in my opinion this is the G. DEAD firing on ALL cylinders (with only Jerry's kind of scratchy post-laryngitis voice betraying any minor weakness). Like much of the first four months of '78 the first set is simply flawless. This ain't no warm-up set...This first set means serious business and features stand-out versions of every song played (especially a wicked "New Minglewood Blues" opener, soulful "Dire Wolf", gorgeous "Peggy-O", "Tennessee Jed", a fierce "Jack Straw", an epic "Row Jimmy", and explosive "Music Never Stopped".
Set 2 is monstrous with highlights including a killer "Good Lovin'" coming out of the raucous Set 2 opener "Bertha", a beautiful "Ship Of Fools" and soaring "Terrapin Station", a super heavy, legendary version of "The Other One" which leads into the often mentioned one of a kind "Space" during which Garcia works in the "theme" from the film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind into a brilliant exploration of the cosmos, followed by arguably the greatest "St. Stephen" of the 70's during which the band hits a level of intensity that is astounding! More hard rockin' jamming ensues during a wicked "Not Fade Away" and a ass-kicking "Around & Around". The band treats the audience to an awesome encore of "U.S. Blues" featuring one of the most explosive endings in DEAD history. Simply put, front to back this show deserves all the accolades bestowed upon it over the years and now that it is available in such stellar quality I have a feeling this show is going to gain even more recognition (especially Set 1).
As with all Dave's Picks this release features a thick booklet jam packed with ephemera (hotel instructions, the show contract, pictures, and some of the best liner-notes of the series so far...
So if you were unable to get a copy of this amazing release and are wondering if it's worth potentially $75 my answer is without a doubt YES! Dave's Picks Volume 23-McArthur Court-Eugene, OR 1/22/1978 is nothing short of just exactly perfect....