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Published: 2012/12/17

"Tuning ’77": A Year of Grateful Dead in Two Tracks

Michael David Murphy has created “Tuning ’77,” one of the more unique Grateful Dead fan projects in recent memory. Murphy culled through every one of the Grateful Dead’s 1977 line shows on and compiled every recording of the band tuning their instruments, live on stage. Then, he chronologically sequenced the recordings to create the two-track “Tuning ’77” recording. In its final form, the remix incorporates every publicly available recording from 1977, “examining the divide between audience expectation and performance anxiety.”

Both 92:50 tracks are now available on They are available download of streaming.

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