Here's the deal. With the reflection of time the DP series has revealed that the Dead were in flames at times during their concerts and at other times merely pedestrian. Even within a single show there were peaks and valleys. The beauty of this is that exploring the DP series for the peaks is a lot of fun (and of course expensive)and right here on disc three you have found a treasure. The four songs of the third disc, He's Gone, NFA, Truckin and Terrapin are excellent, great, and wonderful. He's Gone is at its most gospel here and this arrangement really, really works. The band then goes in to a fantastic rocking and charging 20 minute NFA -- their energy is palpable, and the ten minute version of Truckin, not my favorite of GD songs, is absolutely excellent. They were really trying to deliver to their 100,000 + faithful assembled at the Englishtown, NJ Race Track on this Labor Day weekend in 1977. But to me the absolute highlight is the jazziest, most developed and most awesomely played rendition of Terrapin that I've ever heard. The song, the final encore of the concert, is 11 and half minutes of pure bliss. IMHO disc three is among the best live Dead from the post '74 period that I've ever heard.
Discs one and two are played well enough but suffer from mediocre song selection (thankfully, neither PITB nor Tenn. Jed are present anywhere). Highlights of the first two discs include Miss. Half Step (13+ minutes) Friend of the Devil - Music Never Stopped (15 min) and the excellent Estimated Prophet - Eyes of the World (23 min.). The booklet is very nicely done and overall this is a great DP selection.