Harding Theater 1971 (3Cd) Box set 11/07/71
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Theater 1971 (3CD) Box set
LEGENDARY LOST GIG FROM 1971 FM BROADCAST RECORDING IN SUPERB QUALITY Keith Godchaux joined Grateful Dead in mid October 1971 as a replacement on keyboards for the ailing Pigpen who was unable to undertake the rigors of touring in the late 71 season. The group were re-energised by this new intake of talent, and the brace of home-turf shows performed at Frisco s Harding Theater across the 6th and 7th November weekend were rarely bettered at this juncture in the Dead s career. The 500 seater Old Harding was a tiny venue for the group at a time when most local shows were either at Winterland or, occasionally, at the Berkeley Community Theater. With the second-night the subject of an FM radio broadcast, the band is in great spirits, chatting it up to the crowd - both in the hall and on the radio - despite technical difficulties a-plenty, most notably in the opening numbers when a problem with monitors and some intermittent dropping of the radio signal during the second cut Brown-Eyed Women is a little irritating. The mix of new and old continues across a delightful three and a half hours with one short break, but the show maintains a dynamic yet relaxed groove throughout that qualifies it as one of the finest and most cherished of the band s early 1970s roster. Presented here across three CDs for the first time, this legendary gig is now available for all to enjoy, some 45 years since that winter night in northern California when the Grateful Dead were the most inventive and creative act on the US touring circuit.
CD (12 Feb. 2016)