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Hundred Year Hall Hundred_Year_Hall_Grateful_Dead

April 26, 1972

Jahrhundert Halle ~ 

Frankfurt, Germany

 
 
 
 
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Hundred Year Hall review

Hundred Year Hall is a portion of the concert the band played on April 26, 1972, at the Jahrhundert Halle, in Frankfurt, West Germany.  Though this release is two full discs, believe it or not, there are fifteen songs performed at the concert that are not included on this CD.  

This performance took place during a period when the Grateful Dead were going through major transitions, namely personnel. Pig Pen, singer and keyboardist, was playing a less prominent role, and they were breaking in the newcomer Keith Godchaux on piano.  This makes for an interesting blend as you can hear the Grateful Deadís rock Ďní roll style of their 1971 sound being blending and meshed into a jazzier side.  

The first disc of Hundred Year Hall is a combination of both first and second set material, which was sequenced in this manner because of CD space limitations.  The first set songs cover a variety of styles including rock, blues, country, and jazz showcasing their versatility. The songs are played tightly and they begin to open up late in the set and get loose with an original "Playing in the Band."  

The last three songs on disc one of Hundred Year Hall are the conclusion of the concert. First is the cover song "Turn on Your Lovelight." This song sounds very different than the Pig Pen versions with the addition of Keith Godchaux, which showcases a prime example of their style change. There is less of Pig Pen's vocal rap that was common for this song; instead it was replaced with instrumental interplay adding a jazzy touch to the rhythm and blues song.  I should emphasize that it is played exquisitely. It leads into "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad," and begins to build power as they bust into the high energy "One More Saturday Night" to end the show. 

The meat of Hundred Year Hall is on disc two. It features a glimpse of their exploratory tendencies of 1972 showcasing how they transition so effortlessly from song to song, and even within the same song. "Cryptical Envelopment" is a suite that includes "The Other One" as part of it. Perhaps the labeling would be more accurate as just the "The Other One," because that is all of the suite that they perform.  This song is extremely long and innovative. The band travels from place to place and changes directions numerous times without warning. They finally get around to soften the intensity with the seldom-played ballad "Comes A Time," the prettiest playing on the disc.  

The first set material may be average for The Dead, but the second set material is extraordinary. Deadheads will want and cherish Hundred Year Hall dearly. by Barry Small © 
Grade  A - 

Track List

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Disc 1

 1. Bertha (Garcia/Hunter) - 5:41
 2. Me and My Uncle (Phillips) - 3:05
 3. Next Time You See Me (Forest/Harvey) - 4:15
 4. China Cat Sunflower (Garcia/Hunter) - 5:14
 5. I Know You Rider (Traditional) - 5:14
 6. Jack Straw (Hunter/Weir) - 4:47
 7. Big Railroad Blues (Lewis) - 3:54
 8. Playing in the Band (Hart/Hunter/Weir) - 9:17
 9. Turn on Your Love Light (Malone/Scott) - 19:13
10. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (Traditional) - 7:32
11. One More Saturday Night (Weir) - 5:44

Disc 2
 1. Truckin' (Garica/Hunter/Lesh/Weir) - 17:45
 2. Cryptical Envelopment (Garica) - 36:29
 3. Comes a Time (Garica/Hunter) - 6:45
 4. Sugar Magnolia (Hunter/Weir) - 7:23

Musicians:       

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Keith Godchaux - piano
Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - keyboard, vocals, harmonica
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Donna Godchaux - vocals

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Released September 1995
From sixteen track multi source master tape.
Tape Archivist ~ Dick Latvala
Label - Grateful Dead
An interview with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir about Hundred Year Hall.