Grateful Dead Download
Apr 26, 1971 (Set 1)Fillmore East (New York, NY)
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Total Length:
59:09
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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Big Boss Man03:31
  2. 2Loser09:40
  3. 3Playing In The Band07:45
  4. 4Hard To Handle13:07
  5. 5Dark Star12:33
  6. 6Wharf Rat06:59
  7. 7Casey Jones05:34
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Item Number:
  • 1573-7413-AD
Date:
  • Apr 26, 1971 (Set 1)
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Big Boss Man03:31
  2. 2Loser09:40
  3. 3Playing In The Band07:45
  4. 4Hard To Handle13:07
  5. 5Dark Star12:33
  6. 6Wharf Rat06:59
  7. 7Casey Jones05:34
Total Length:
59:09
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals; "Pigpen" McKernan - vocals, organ, percussion; Bob Weir - guitar, vocals; Phil Lesh - bass, vocals; Bill Kreutzmann - drums

This is the first set on the second night of the Dead and New Riders of the Purple Sage's historic final run at the Fillmore East. The Dead's first set is unlike all the other nights of this run, as they do not stick with tight arrangements of songs from Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. In fact, the only song to fall in that category is the set closer, "Casey Jones." Before that, we have Pigpen leading the band through a cover of "Big Boss Man," a song they hadn't played much since 1966, and a ferocious take on Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle."

On this night, every song with Pigpen on lead vocals is a memorable version (the above mentioned two, as well as the second set "It Hurts Me Too" and a killer almost 20-minute romp through "Good Lovin.") and these performances prove just what a motivational factor Pigpen was to the band. New songs destined for Garcia and Wier's solo albums the following year also surface ("Loser," "Playing In The Band") but the most unusual aspect of this set is a rare 1st set "Dark Star." This version is not as exploratory or aggressive as it usually was, but the relaxed approach brings out some of it's prettier aspects not revealed in other versions. As "Dark Star" dissolves at the end, a spine tingling moment occurs as it segues directly into the beginning of "Wharf Rat." Although flawed by a reel change, this version has the same smoldering intensity as the version featured on the Skull & Roses album, recorded just two nights later.

After a set-closing take of "Casey Jones," the Dead leave the stage to prepare for their second set of the evening - a set where they would be joined by the legendary Duane Allman.

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