WOW, this IS an old thread!!
I'm gonna chime in and dust the cobwebs off it, too! First of all, so many people dissing the 5/8/77 show. The show, as a whole, is just okay. Kinda lackluster in some big opportunity spaces. BUT...the Dew is sickleberry. Say what you will about the Scarlet > Fire being nothing more than Phil swells, but the Dew is my favorite from the Keith era.
Second, there's an awful lot to be said for the Dews from the late 60s - 71, as well. I love those ones - very different from any era, that's for sure. Great spacey feel....BUT....there will never be a Dew like a well-played version from the Brent era. If anyone here is going to compare the energy from Keith's piano or Pig's organ to what Brent Mydland used to do on this song with his B-3, you're simply on crack. Get off the crack.
Brent Mydland turned this song on its ear. The list goes on and on and on....
7/15/88, 9/18/87, 11/2/85 (out of space - SICKNESS!), 10/8/89...come on, people. Did Brent EVER play this song using piano sounds? No. Why? Because this song is BEGGING for a thundering, ripping, ear-scorching, massive-swelling Hammond-motherf*ckin'-B-freakin'-3 organ. That's why.
Why Keith Godchaux only chose to use the organ in the studio is beyond me. This band was made for a B-3, IMO.
I've said my peace (albeit a year too late!!)
"Once in awhile, you can get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right." - R. Hunter
"If we had any nerve at all, if we had any real balls as a society, or whatever you need, whatever quality you need, real character, we would make an effort to really address the wrongs in this society, righteously." - Jerry Garcia