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Grateful Dead Feb. 18, 1971
Capitol Theater Port Chester, NY | Listen on archive
Notable for so-called Beautiful Jam out of Wharf Rat and back into Dark Star...MUST LISTEN
First version ever nicely sandwiched between the epic DS, Jerry really belts it out.
"It's not drivin' that train but it's almost as good" - Bob Weir
17Me and My Uncle
Dark Star->Wharf Rat->Dark Star->Me And My Uncle
9Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
12Hard to Handle
Pigpen's voice is deep, SC-soaked and clear. The jam is ballsy and pushing out against the seams.
11Hurts Me Too
Dripping with deep-soul. Pigpen's voice at its best. Sounds like honey.
First Loser ever and the last Mickey show before his break. Brilliant version, hot energetic vocals and that good '71 sound.
12Greatest Story Ever Told
Primordial version, first time played, introduced as "Mickey wants to call this one 'The Pump Man' for reasons of his own." Raw and unlike any other.
9Playin' In The Band
First performance ever and it's slower, but beautiful and raw. Bobby sings like a country warbler typical of the '71s. Historically interesting.
Beautiful harmonies and country soul. Brilliant and historically important show.
8Uncle John's Band
Energetic encore. Rolling drums and tight energy ending a brilliant show like they were ready for another set.
Jerry goes crazy on the WAH pedal awesome version
9Me and Bobby McGee
Maybe I'm the only Head out there who digs this song, but damn if this isn't a beauty. Tight harmonies and a good-times feeling.
8Big Boss Man
This is a great version and a very solid show in general.
7Johnny B. Goode
Good version in a great concert
9Not Fade Away
High energy - In the let's blow the roof off style of this year.
Set two opener
More relaxed pace than usual, which allows Bob to give a nice, thoughtful vocal performance.
They sound a bit bored with it to my ears until Phil kicks them into gear around the 4:00 mark. Probably smart that they gave it a break after '71...