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Published: 2012/11/23

The Grateful Dead Release 1971 Winterland Show

Earlier today, The Grateful Dead made a never before released show available as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday celebration. Released through the Dead’s current label Rhino, the double-LP Winterland 1971 features a hometown Winterland show from May 30, 1971.

As explains,

The Grateful Dead made Winterland its home for years until 1978, when the band closed Bill Graham’s legendary venue for good with a spectacular New Year’s Eve blow out. The friendly confines of the former ice-skating rink always seemed to bring out something special in the band. That’s certainly true of the group’s May 30, 1971 performance, which was the second night of a homestand during the era later immortalized on the 1971 live collection Skull and Roses .

For Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 23, and Rhino will release a portion of that show (all that the band has in their vault) for the first time, offering it on 180-gram vinyl as a limited edition double-LP set of 7500 copies.

Sourced from the original reels of ¼” tape, the music was mastered by Jeffrey Norman and the vinyl lacquers were cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and then pressed at RTI. Grammy-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike evokes the Skull and Roses album cover for this set’s gorgeous gatefold.

It’s over one hour of Dead classics that covers nearly the entire second set, which was packed with crowd pleasers like “Sugar Magnolia,” “Truckin’” and “Deal.” One entire LP side is dedicated exclusively to “Turn On Your Lovelight,” a 15-minute-plus romp led by singer/organist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. For its encore, the band – Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and McKernan – capped the evening off with raucous “Johnny B. Goode.”

The album also contains notes from longtime Dead scribe Blair Jackson.

Winterland 1971

Side One:

1. “Sugar Magnolia”
2. “Cumberland Blues”
3. “Big Boss Man”

Side Two:
1. “Me And My Uncle”
2. “Deal”
3. “Truckin’”

Side Three:

1. “Turn On Your Lovelight”

Side Four:

2. “Uncle John’s Band”
3. “Casey Jones”
4. “Johnny B. Goode”

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