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Grateful Dead July 31, 1971
Yale Bowl, Yale University New Haven, CT | Listen on archive
1st time played.
5Playin' In The Band
A cool early version
13Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
A great vesion from ’71 with a unique Darkness Darkness transition jam after the “We bid you Goodnight” coda. Very deep, spiritual interplay.
Starting at the 7:55 minute mark of GDTR, again very short, but a beautiful Darkness Jam. On RT Vol. 1 No. 3, give it a listen.
30Hard to Handle
Played a week before the 8/6/71 version, but super hot also. Both versions are a part of Road Trips Vol1-3.
Ignore the audiophobes and get into it. Pig and Jerry both totally on. The band is exploding with energy. Overlooked show, and Dave knew it.
10Big Railroad Blues
Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 3
10Me and Bobby McGee
Some truly lovely whole band interplay.
Revs up the rowdy crowd, tight and powerful 2nd set opener in a brilliant show. The AUD is a bit rough in places, but gives it great atmosphere. Hot.
9Feelin' Groovy Jam
Great Jam in this spectacular DS. The DS maybe a touch underrated.
8Uncle John's Band
Just a clean tight version.
another wonderful rocking fast paced energetic version, full on heady performance
Swings and rocks. Seat-of-the-pants soloing and soulful feisty vocal.
8Sing Me Back Home
I love Jerry's singing throughout this fine show.
Garcia crushes the guitar break and everything else.
4Johnny B. Goode
Rip roaring out of Uncle John's Band and after a high octane 2nd set, how else to finish?
Great show-opening Truckin' into the first Sugaree!
2China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
Listened to this on a big PA outside over the summer and it's so alive, athletic, and filled with beautiful instrumental cross-talk. Improv!
2Big Boss Man
Pigpen wailing great as ever, and Jerry kills it this day!