Been listening tonight to the Winterland shows from March 18-20, 1977 in anticipation of their 39th anniversary this week and remembering just how amazing they are. Everyone talks about the spring tour that started in April that year and featured the 5/8/77 gem at Barton Hall, but these hometown shows were the tune-up for the tour that started a few weeks later and they're amazing. The song selection was great, everything from brand new tunes like Terrapin to a nice version of Saint Stephen. Jerry's guitar work is crisp and assertive and absolutely amazing. Keith was at his best here, too. I went to the first and third nights and listened at home to the middle show on the radio, which might have been the best of the three (damn!). The Uncle John's Band encore on 3/19 is one of the best ever and I'd hold these shows up against the rest of the tour any day. Other than 5/8 they're as good as it gets, IMHO. I never understood why they weren't considered part of that spring 1977 tour, but so it goes. Highly recommended for your listening pleasure over the next few days.