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Ladies and Gentlemen Ladies_and_Gentlemen_Grateful_Dead

April 25 - 29, 1971

Fillmore East ~ New York,  NY

 
 
 
 
 
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Ladies and Gentlemen review

Ladies and Gentlemen is from of series of concerts that the Grateful Dead performed between April 25 – 29, 1971, at the Fillmore East in New York City.  At this venue Duane Allman sat in with the Grateful Dead on several songs on April 26 and the Beach Boys on April 27, but none of that material is included. The New Riders of the Purple Sage performed at this billing too. 

The first two discs of Ladies and Gentlemen have plenty to offer. They showcase many songs in their early stages of development including both original and cover songs. Included are several blues standards that feature Pigpen. They hit their country theme with many songs, my favorite being an original "Cumberland Blues," and many live versions of songs from their classic CD’s Workingman's Dead and American Beauty.   

Disc one and two of Ladies and Gentlemen are capped off with songs that are typical highlights of their concerts in 1971, "Good Lovin'" and "Turn on Your Lovelight."  Both songs are cover versions that are led by Pigpen and each clock in at over twenty minutes.   

The jewel of Ladies and Gentlemen are the ending jams of disc three and disc four.  These two pieces of music are top shelf material, no question.  It is difficult to choose which piece is better, though, I would give the nod to the April 29 jam that is on disc 4.   The segment of the show that includes “Alligator” > “Drums” > “Alligator” > “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad” > “Cold Rain and Snow” is among my favorite 30 minute pieces of music the Grateful Dead have ever performed. Within that passage the introduction to "Cold Rain and Snow" is not to be topped.  Just before the vocals, Phil places two bass notes that are just perfect.     

Disc three of Ladies and Gentlemen includes the “Dark Star” themed set closer from April 28 that features former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten sitting in. The "Hard to Handle" begs to be mentioned. It is version that was performed on April 29. If it is not the best version the Dead have ever played, certainly it is in the top three.  The version from August 6, 1971, from Hollywood, CA gets many votes for the best.; it is available on Fallout From the Phil Zone. 

Ladies and Gentlemen is fantastic. It is four discs and is a lot of money, but it is worth it. by Barry Small © 
Grade  A + 

Track List

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Disc 1

  1. Truckin' (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh/Weir) - 9:57
 2. Bertha (Garcia/Hunter) - 6:23
 3. Next Time You See Me (Forest/Harvey) - 4:11
 4. Beat It on Down the Line (Fuller) - 3:49
 5. Bird Song (Garcia/Hunter) - 9:22
 6. Dark Hollow (Browning) - 3:30
 7. Second That Emotion (Cleveland/Robinson) - 5:33
 8. Me and My Uncle (Phillips) - 3:40
 9. Cumberland Blues (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 5:03
10. Good Lovin' (Clark/Resnick) - 2:30
11. Drums (Kreutzmann) - 5:37
12. Good Lovin' (Clark/Resnick) - 14:47

Disc 2
 1. Sugar Magnolia (Hunter/Weir) - 6:32
 2. Loser (Garcia/Hunter) - 7:03
 3. Ain't It Crazy (The Rub) (Hopkins) - 6:26
 4. El Paso (Robbins) - 6:36
 5. I'm a King Bee (Moore) - 8:24
 6. Ripple (Garcia/Hunter) - 5:34
 7. Me and Bobby McGee (Foster/Kristofferson) - 6:12
 8. Uncle John's Band (Garcia/Hunter) - 6:07
 9. Turn on Your Love Light (Malone/Scott) - 22:23

Disc 3
 1. China Cat Sunflower (Garcia/Hunter) - 4:51
 2. I Know You Rider (Traditional) - 6:14
 3. It Hurts Me Too (James) - 6:53
 4. Sing Me Back Home (Haggard) - 9:51
 5. Hard to Handle (Isbell/Jones/Redding) - 9:58
 6. Dark Star (Garcia/Hunter/Kreutzmann/Lesh/McKernan/Weir) - 13:55
 7. St. Stephen (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 6:08
 8. Not Fade Away (Hardin/Petty) - 3:30
 9. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (Traditional) - 6:28
10. Not Fade Away (Hardin/Petty) - 3:23

Disc 4

 1. Morning Dew (Dobson/Rose) - 10:41
 2. New Minglewood Blues (Traditional) - 4:28
 3. Wharf Rat (Garcia/Hunter) - 9:28
 4. Alligator (Hunter/Lesh/McKernan) - 3:57
 5. Drums (Kreutzmann) - 3:53
 6. Jam (Grateful Dead) - 9:39
 7. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (Traditional) - 4:53
 8. Cold Rain and Snow (Traditional) - 5:49
 9. Casey Jones (Garcia/Hunter) - 9:13
10. In the Midnight Hour (Cropper/Pickett) - 9:50
11. We Bid You Goodnight (Traditional) - 3:46

The songs were performed at the following dates:

April 25, 1971:
Next Time You See Me
Beat It On Down The Line
Second That Emotion
Good Lovin'
Drums
Good Lovin'
Sugar Magnolia
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Sing Me Back Home

April 27, 1971:
Uncle John's Band
Turn On Your Lovelight
Casey Jones

April 28, 1971:
Bird Song
Me and My Uncle
Cumberland Blues
Loser
Ain't It Crazy ( The Rub )
El Paso
I'm A King Bee
Me And Bobby McGee
Dark Star
St. Stephen
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
Wharf Rat

April 29, 1971:
Truckin'
Bertha
Dark Hollow
Ripple
It Hurts Me Too
Hard To Handle
Morning Dew
New Minglewood Blues
Alligator
Drums
Jam
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
Cold Rain and Snow
In The Midnight Hour
We Bid You Goodnight

Musicians:       

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - keyboard, vocals, harmonica
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Guest: Tom Constanten - keyboards

Notes:

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Released - 2000
From sixteen track multi source master tape.
Label - Grateful Dead Merchandise
Tape Archivists - Dick Latvala, David Lemieux

 

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