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Ladies & Gentlemen: The Grateful Dead

Grateful DeadAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their ... Read more in Amazon's Grateful Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • ASIN: B0002VETHC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Truckin'
2. Bertha
3. Next Time You See Me
4. Beat It on Down the Line
5. Bird Song
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sugar Magnolia
2. Loser
3. Ain't It Crazy (The Rub)
4. El Paso
5. I'm a King Bee
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. China Cat Sunflower
2. I Know You Rider
3. It Hurts Me Too
4. Sing Me Back Home
5. Hard to Handl
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Morning Dew
2. New Minglewood Blues
3. Wharf Rat
4. Alligator
5. Drums
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

No self-respecting Dead tape library lacks these April 1971 concerts! In the Midnight Hour; Turn On Your Lovelight ; their final live version of Alligator ; a stellar suite of Dark Star/St. Stephen with guest Tom Constanten; covers like Me and Bobby McGee and Sing Me Back Home , and classics like Truckin'; Casey Jones , and Uncle John's Band . If you had to own just one live Dead recording this just might be it.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a grate introduction to the band... November 6, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a collection of exceptional songs played by a band that was clearly "on" those five nights at the Fillmore East. I have never heard such energy on the meager amount of concert tapes and live releases in my music collection. LAGTGD is bound to appeal to everyone. First of all, there is the amazing song selections. A few of the "hits" (i.e. "Truckin", "Sugar Magnolia", "Uncle John's Band") have been included, and this would serve as an excellent introduction for the newer listeners. Secondly, there are several songs that have "typically" played in an acoustic format but appear in its electric counterpart (i.e. "Ripple", "Dark Hollow"). Lastly, there are the jams...from Dark Star-->St Stephen-->NFA-->GDTRFB-->NFA to Alligator-->GDTRFB-->Cold Rain and Snow. And to top it all off, there's plenty of the Pig. (I just get a kick from listening to his extended "raps" on "Good Lovin" and "Lovelight").
(And you just can't beat the sound quality that these discs have to offer. I swear, you can even hear the boys breathe!)
Wow, there is just so many goodies on these discs to keep one interested for a lifetime. Yes, I might be a bit biased, as I am a Deadhead, but, trust me (as one who appreciates the musical and spiritual gifts these guys had to offer), this is the ONE that you should purchase (followed by: Live Dead, One from the Vault, and many of the Dick's Picks releases).
Thanks Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Billy, and Pigpen for the music. Thank you DL and the rest of the GDP staff for the spreading this gem to the masses.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ton of Great Music July 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is kind of a companion piece to the "Skull & Roses" live album recorded during this same time frame and beloved by fans. It's culled from a 5-night run at the Fillmore East, a closing run actually. The fidelity is great - clear and strong and crisp. The band were a stripped-down 5-piece, down to one drummer and only Pigpen on keyboards. They would alternate between styles all night and between Garcia, Weir, and Pigpen taking lead vocals. They had a large songbook and could go in one of many directions at any point in time.

There's lots of hard-rocking Dead here, and lots of Pigpen fronting blues-edged material. There's lots of Garcia and Weir here too. Lots of country-inflected stuff, lots of psychedelic tinged jamming, lots of rock and roll. There's just boatloads of stuff. There are many great moments, starting with the opening version of "Truckin'" that boogies slow and strong and proves Bill Kreutzman a superb drummer. 1971 was a fine vintage and this is a caseload of the stuff.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEAD FOR THE AGES October 11, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
With Pigpen still in fine form and a multitude of new songs, this actual recording looks similar to many a "dream set" this reviewer has imagined over the years. First and foremost, all of Pigpen's signature tunes are here together on one recording for the first time. Where else can you find "Lovelight," "Next Time You See Me," "King Bee," "Good Lovin'," "Hard to Handle," "It Hurts Me Too," "Alligator," and my personal favorite, "Midnight Hour," all on one excellent quality recording. This concert marks the perfect combination of raucous rock n' roll and free-flowing jams that took center stage about three years after the Fillmore East concert. I could go on to list off great song after great song, or I can simply say that IT IS ALL HERE. This is desert island Dead for sure. If you love the group or if you've never loved them before, this is the album to buy.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very solid 5 stars April 30, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Every Deadhead has thier personal favorite live Dead show. Maybe you were at a particular show and the recording brings back fond memories. Maybe it was a highlight of your favorite band line-up. Or maybe it has that one Jerry solo that makes your hair curl. This show however stands out as perhaps thier finest recording ever commercially released. I know it's a pretty ballsy thing to say, but one listen and you'll be carting this 4 disc set around with you wherever you go. First, the quality of the recording is flawless. The mix is perfect, it doesn't have that flat "soundboard" sound some of the Dead's tapes have. There's a real presence to the mix, like you can locate where everybody is just by listening. But that's just the beginning. The versions of the songs are some of the finest I've ever heard. Jerry's "Second That Emotion" is amazing. The jam in the middle of Pig's "Too Hard To Handle" is some of the best blues ever played by anybody. Bobby's version of "Me And My Uncle" is actually inspired. I could easily go on & on about every song in this collection, but I'd be wasting your time. Even if you think you don't need another live Dead album, you've GOT to have this one. (I actually haven't played a Dick's Picks in about a month!)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transitional Dead May 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've always seen the `71 Dead as a band changing its sound, or making it more diverse (EVEN more diverse). The dual drum attack was gone with Mickey Hart, Tom Constanten keyboard work was gone too, and new numbers were being added to the band's repertoire. Thus, the Dead's sound was changing. Bob Weir was gaining more well-diserved prominence on stage, usually performing cowboy-like songs (El Paso, Me & Me Uncle), and the sound of the group in general was tighter, less free-form-jam-rock. Anyway, that year featured some expanded "Other Ones" and "Dark Stars" too. So, as you can see, it is not easy to describe what was exactly going on, for it was band with a really continiously-evolving sound. To these ears of mine, it is a year of transition, the immediately preeceding step to the extremely beautiful `72 tour when the sound got richer (EVEN richer).
Anyhow, amongst this confusing commentary, there is surely a certainty: it is a very nice set (recommended most of all for people who have already got into the Dead world). The sound quality is simply great and clear, Pigpen was (as the liner notes rightly say) in his last healthy tour (the "Lovelight" included here is one of the best ever released); Jerry Garcia was playing beautifuly as always; Bob Weir was, as I said before, really growing, Phil Lesh kept on being an outstanding driving force; Kreutzmann was playing better than ever and we even get some nice keyboard touches from special guest T.C.
Who cares 'bout reviews anyway? Let there be songs to fill the air.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars We sure liked it! Wonderful to find this CD
In the early '70's someone had a reel of bootleg tape. We sure liked it! Wonderful to find this CD.
Published 29 days ago by Tom Steinberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but more together later in the band's history
There is some good stuff on these cds, but I like their 1977 period the best. There is some stuff on this that sounds a bit sloppy to me and I think that was primarily due to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by JBP
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Dead
This album is perfect in every way. If you are unfamiliar with the Dead , get this one and you will see what the rest of us see. Guarantee you will start collecting more .
Published 5 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars More April '71 needs to be released
This is a great set, and played during one of my favorite GD months/years, April 1971. I love the version of "Bird Song", "Dark Hollow", "Aint it Crazy",... Read more
Published 5 months ago by markandy
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great set of CDs!
Just a short and easy way to review this: same run as Skull & Roses but with more stuff. I just wish that they could have included the songs with the Beach Boys.
Published 6 months ago by Glenn Gillis
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Dead Live Recording!
Excellent Recording. Loved every minute of this concert. Quality of the sound is excellent. I'm still playing all 4 disks over and over.
Published 7 months ago by d m priebe
5.0 out of 5 stars morning dew
The 1971 concerts that make up the substance of this 4-CD set must have come close in time to the studio albums "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies and gents!
This is the perfect collection of dead tunes. The first live tracks I ever heard from the grateful dead and I fell in love instantly. Read more
Published 14 months ago by WishIwasAlesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn that little saloon band can play!
Yeah, this is the "saloon band" era of the Grateful Dead. From when Mickey Hart left in February until Keith Godchaux joined in September the Grateful Dead were reduced to their... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Chet Fakir
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, great for a newcomer as well as the seasoned veteran.
I purchased this CD when I was a relative newcomer to the Grateful Dead. I don't know where it falls in the large Pantheon of epic Dead shows, but I do know I still place it very... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Earnan
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