Grateful Dead Download
Apr 28, 1971 (Set 1)Fillmore East (New York, NY)
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Total Length:
1:52:31
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

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Sample this concert
  1. 1Truckin'13:53
  2. 2Beat It On Down The Line03:57
  3. 3Loser08:08
  4. 4El Paso06:52
  5. 5Ain't It Crazy (The Rub)06:11
  6. 6Bird Song06:23
  7. 7Playin' In the Band07:07
  8. 8Cumberland Blues07:01
  9. 9Ripple06:11
  10. 10Me And Bobby McGee08:21
  11. 11King Bee08:42
  12. 12Bertha (Incomplete)07:38
  13. 13Morning Dew12:45
  14. 14Me and My Uncle03:55
  15. 15Deal05:27
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Item Number:
  • 1575-7413-AD
Date:
  • Apr 28, 1971 (Set 1)
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Truckin'13:53
  2. 2Beat It On Down The Line03:57
  3. 3Loser08:08
  4. 4El Paso06:52
  5. 5Ain't It Crazy (The Rub)06:11
  6. 6Bird Song06:23
  7. 7Playin' In the Band07:07
  8. 8Cumberland Blues07:01
  9. 9Ripple06:11
  10. 10Me And Bobby McGee08:21
  11. 11King Bee08:42
  12. 12Bertha (Incomplete)07:38
  13. 13Morning Dew12:45
  14. 14Me and My Uncle03:55
  15. 15Deal05:27
Total Length:
1:52:31
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 fourth night of the Dead and New Riders of the Purple Sage's final stint at the Fillmore East is probably the best overall performance of the run. The Dead were enjoying one of the expressive peaks of their career, returning to their musical roots, and proving to really jell - both on the stage and in the studio.

The Dead's first set sticks primarily to tight arrangements of songs from their classic 1970 albums, the country-rock Workingman's Dead and folky American Beauty. Tunes from these beloved albums showcased here include "Truckin'" and the rowdy "Cumberland Blues."

The exceptions, however, are notable and memorable. A beautiful rendition of "Bird Song," the opus written for their recently departed friend Janis Joplin, shines with its sentiment. Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" (largely popularized by Joplin's cover version) proves a soulful crowd-pleaser. An early take on Marty Robbins' classic "El Paso" is included, as are definitive versions of "The Rub" and "King Bee." The latter two, featuring Pigpen in fine vocal form, were never played better than on this night. A rare electric version of "Ripple" is also a delight.

This first set ends with Garcia's bluesy "Deal" as the band prepares to really heat things up in a smoking second set.

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