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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”


There are 16 comments associated with this post

misterian November 28, 2012, 10:09:56

Dr. Toboggan = Mr. Jones – He just doesn’t get it.
Don’t scorn him; pity him.

Ouish November 24, 2012, 09:31:55

I love the Dead, but…...YAWN Another early 70’s release???

PigInApen November 24, 2012, 13:45:10

Early 70’s releases are AWESOME. Excellent lineup of the “Dead 5” (no Donna or Keith yet) makes this one of the special periods in Dead land.
Bummer on the vinyl only issue, though. What about the rest of the digital world?

Yawn? November 25, 2012, 12:17:47

Yawn? I don’t understand. do you not like pigpen? What is there to yawn about? Please explain what is wrong with early 70’s dead. the pigpen years are my favortie and getting good recordings are not easy to come by. Do you want a 77 show that has plenty of good recordings that are easy to obtain? And they have not released a pigpen show all year this is the first and it’s on vinyl and sold out.

Dr. Mantis Toboggan November 26, 2012, 10:32:19

I don’t like Pigpen. Just a wierd drunk guy, who didn’t add anything to the band.

paulfrombuffalo November 26, 2012, 11:50:12

The night before smokes, too! Charlie Miller put it some time ago. Pigpen just a wierd drunk guy who added nothing to the band? Not true! He was a wierd drunk guy who added the great R&B swagger that left the band when he checked out.

well November 26, 2012, 16:42:14

Dr. Mantid Toboggan. Do you like the Grateful Dead?

Dr. Mantis Toboggan November 26, 2012, 21:29:29

Yes I love the Grateful Dead, but Pigpen was just terrible. the Lovelight “raps”: there is nothing cool about that. seriously – listen to what he’s saying – it’s just creepy, perverted stuff and his keyboard work: not good. his style (swagger) did not improve the Dead. During the most psychadelic era of all time, this guy was literally drinking himself to death. His whole deal was a low-class bar-band type of vibe, and the Grateful Dead became one of the best bands by jamming and writing enduring songs, not by singing every night about making his girlfriend call him “Daddy”.

Pieza November 27, 2012, 01:44:48

Pigpen was instrumental to the formation of the band and as roots-inspiration, and as a musician in the ’66/‘67 period. Past that they kept him for PR image mainly.

Lighting Hopkins November 28, 2012, 19:52:20

Dr. Tobaggan, Mr MD….all I want to know is are you kind?

Eric November 30, 2012, 14:48:17

Yea, it’s hard to even classify PP as a real musician, he was the loud drunk uncle that grabbed the mike from the wedding band. He would have eventually been thrown out of the band.

Stu November 30, 2012, 16:08:36

Out here in cyberspace, I believe it’s called a preying Mantis. Apparently the good Dr. has not heard Two Souls or any of the other outright beautiful tunes brought to that band of delinquents by his Pigness. So Toboggan, stay off the powder, turn on your lovelight….and KEEP IT ON. Peace

Randy December 3, 2012, 01:52:15

The night after the infamous “acid punch” distribution. Also the first time I ever saw them. Let’s not forget that for all the negative commentary about Pigpen Jerry claimed that the band was never the same or as good after his demise. Just sayin’....

Randy December 3, 2012, 01:53:16

The night after the infamous “acid punch” distribution. Also the first time I ever saw them. Let’s not forget that for all the negative commentary about Pigpen Jerry claimed that the band was never the same or as good after his demise. Just sayin’....

mulebyrd December 3, 2012, 03:11:21

good ol’ grateful

Olompali December 3, 2012, 04:28:28

Picture Mick Jagger in his unitard and shiny eye makeup, Robert Plant with his little half blouse or Rod Stewart in white silk,,,then picture Pigpen and the Dead. Scary right?
There is a bit of Skynyrd in Ron long before Van Zant. USA Biker nation.
Really, a great thing.

sluggobeast December 4, 2012, 09:36:31

Not really interested in this release, IMO not a great show. But Pigpen was a vital part of the Grateful Dead, then and forever—the GD may not have been created without his role. And when he was gone, the band lost a rootsy, ballsy, bluesy edge that was so much part of those classic early days.

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