Grateful Dead Ladies And Gentlemen The Grateful Dead 1971

Ladies and Gentlemen… the Grateful Dead Fillmore East New York City 25th to 29th April 1971 is a live album by the Grateful Dead.

These concerts provided some of the songs for the Dead#s second live album, Skull And Roses.

Grateful Dead Ladies And Gentlemen The Grateful Dead

My Rating – 28 out of 30 (10 + 9 + 9)

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Songs On Ladies And Gentlemen The Grateful Dead

Disc: 1

1. Truckin’
2. Bertha
3. Next Time You See Me
4. Beat It on Down the Line
5. Bird Song
6. Dark Hollow
7. Second That Emotion
8. Me & My Uncle
9. Cumberland Blues
10. Good Lovin’
11. Drums
12. Good Lovin’

Disc: 2
1. Sugar Magnolia
2. Loser
3. Ain’t It Crazy (The Rub)
4. El Paso
5. I’m a King Bee
6. Ripple
7. Me and Bobbie McGee
8. Uncle John’s Band
9. Turn on Your Love Light

Disc: 3
1. China Cat Sunflower
2. I Know You Rider
3. It Hurts Me Too
4. Sing Me Back Home
5. Hard to Handle
6. Dark Star
7. St. Stephen
8. Not Fade Away
9. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad
10. Not Fade Away

Disc: 4
1. Morning Dew
2. New Minglewood Blues
3. Wharf Rat
4. Alligator
5. Drums
6. Jam
7. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad
8. Cold Rain and Snow
9. Casey Jones
10. In the Midnight Hour
11. We Bid You Goodnight

Playing on the album are:

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan – vocals, organ
Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh – bass, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann – drums

I bought Live/Dead and I wasn’t impressed but I knew Grateful Dead were too important a live band to give up on one encounter. I tried Europe 72 and thought that was much better but was surprised at how “country” some of it was.

Ladies And Gentlemen is first Dead live album that really got under my skin. I bought it and then found myself splurging on others because I was so impressed and I wanted to hear how they had developed. I used the readers poll (see below) as my guide.

I’m giving this a rating of 28 out of 30, just one behind the most I’ve given to any album.

10/10 for the set list. With so many songs it’s hard to be picky because of the number of covers because there are plenty of Grateful Dead originals too. The drum solos are long enough for me to have moved them out of the playlist on my ipod.

9/10 for the performance. While the band can never be described as hard rock, this rocks along very nicely thank you and it has plenty of live feel about it. Garcia’s guitar improvisations are lovely and never excessive. The singing is a bit patchy in places but that’s not uncommon for the band and especially Jerry.

9/10 for atmosphere, authenticity and sound quality. It sounds great and as it pulls songs from a single venue during one spell, it doesn’t lose any points for authenticity. It also features the original five members of the band as Mickey Hart had left the band, after his father had cheated the group of money. Pigpen is in fine form on his R&B and blues covers.

I’ve heard that the band were known for extensive tune-ups between some of their songs and whilst these aren’t here, there’s little talking to the audience.

If you’re a newcomer to the band, I think this is a great place to start or alternatively, I was also very impressed with To Terrapin: Hartford May 77.

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It’s hard to compare this band with others which is why their own poll is so important in helping you to find the best of the vast number of live albums.

By 1971, they were moving from being a psychedelic band with their long jams to more of a country rock band although they don’t fit that comfortably in either category.

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