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Grateful Dead Aug. 26, 1971
Gaelic Park New York, NY | Listen on archive
5Uncle John's Band
Perfect example of what this song could be...an American classic
As sweet and solid as they come: Opens a wonderful summer outdoor show in NYC. Surprised it isn't here yet.
Still brand new (7th ever) and it's got a lot of pump to it. This whole show is a forgotten treasure. C. Miller cleanup much improves the others.
1Big Railroad Blues
As good an introduction to '71 as you'll ever hear. Someone else help me here or I'm going to list every song in this show!
6Hard to Handle
Last one with Pig: A blasting sexy swagger with slow rising force like the Palladium one up top here. Listen past the tape problems and slow start.
Doesn't go into a cool rap, like some '71s, but pretty f-in tight jam and a great mix, with everyone sounding great.
A+ goddamned good, keeps me bobbing and weaving. Hard throbbing, and into a killer TOO, too.
3China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
When the going gets weird, Weir sings the headlight part.
Rip snortin' version!
1Playin' In The Band
At risk of putting all '71 up here. Tell me to stop if too much! I just love the twangy country versions, knowing the evolution in store for it.
Totally nuts. The jam is supernova material.
3The Other One
They jam the shit out of this.
3Not Fade Away
Coming out of a nice St. Stephen
1Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Builds nicely and the ending jam has a certain swagger to it.
4Johnny B. Goode
Singing, JAMMING & Screaming just how this is supposed to be played - Balls Out!
Everyone's on the ride - nice '71 version
another wonderful 1971 Casey Jones,
gorgeous Jerry just knocks tis one out of the park
Nice and rocking psychedelic country
2Big Boss Man
Pig Boss Man
Crunchy, cranky, crackity goodness.
2Me and Bobby McGee
This is a supertight locomotive take - so very,very worth hearing. Everyone connects here.