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Grateful Dead Dec. 10, 1971
Fox Theatre St. Louis, MO | Listen on archive
6Run Run Rudolph
dunno what Run is but Run Rudolph Run aint here and this one rocks
A lot like the wild December 2 Casey, without the extra solo at the end. A fantastic, complete build-up. Keith goes nuts. Great energy!
6Comes A Time
A great early version
This is a great sleeper; a hidden gem. Bobby sings it so well, and is, like, on key and stuff! High energy taboot. Gotta check it out!!!
6Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
China Cat Jam > GDTRFB - pure breakneck beauty
6Big Railroad Blues
really nice '71 version, just saying
Pigpen gives this a lovelight-esque rap
A triumphant, anthemic version that shows another, powerful side to it. Great piano work gives it a nice flavor.
Sharp as a tack with lots of energy and a strong pulse. Clear they were having a great time.
5Sitting on Top of the World
Buried in the extraterrestrial outer reaches of an immortal TOO this emerges, brings a 'how's they do that?!' vibe then disappears back into chaos.
7The Other One
An immortal. Very experimental, so many melodic fragments amongst the splintered cosmos - they pull a surprise out of the hat. Check it out.
Bobby and Keith have a really brilliant exchange in the background here. Great version.
3Not Fade Away
Dec '71 NFA-GDTRFB-NFAs are all powerful statements of the band's essential unity. I love how China Cat peaks out atcha during the jams.
Real nice set 2 Brokedown.
1Me and My Uncle
From the time when first set songs were played with a pressing sense of emergency.
Nice and funky. Pigpen and the backup vocals sounding great.
2Beat it on Down The Line
Go on, rock on now.
Just like the night before, Bob nails it.
Yeah - nice little boogie to open the show.
This one will grab your attention and get your head bobbing.
2Next Time You See Me
A good example of how the shorter Pigpen tunes can still be really good.
These early versions, Jerry has some problems remembering when to sing the right lyrics.