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3 No. 2
| November 15, 1971
Road Trips: Vol. 3, Number 2:
November 15, 1971
The Grateful Dead's promotion material for the release notes "For those of you keeping score at home, this is Volume 3, No.
2." I am, and that would make this the 10th Road Trips release. Yet it is
the first release with Keith Godchaux during the famed period from
when he joined the band prior to 1973, the Wake of the Flood
and following era; specifically Fall of 1971 through December 31, 1972.
I'm sure a dominant reason is that there is no shortage of releases
from that period, but still it was overdue and much more to tap from
This is the third live archival release from the Fall of 1971 (Pig
Pen did not join the band on this tour due to illness). The other two are: the only single disc Dick's
Pick offering, which is Volume
Two, it grabbed the key segment of
that Halloween show from Columbus Ohio. Second was Download Series
Volume 3 from October 16, 1971, at The Palestra, Rochester,
NY. Now, Road Trips Volume 3, No.
2 gathers a complete concert from November 15, 1971 in Austin, TX.
one is the complete first set. It's quite good. It includes the
radio hits "Truckin'" to open and "Casey Jones"
toward the end. Between, they continue to break in songs
debuted earlier in the year as well as the new keyboardist. The
version of "Playing in the Band" offers some energetic
interplay, much closer to Ace's
studio version than the monster versions that 1972 would bring
main attraction of the set 1 is "Dark
Star." It is generous in length and has a flawless transition to
"El Paso"; Bobby starts the opening chords while Jerry is
noodling, Phil follows, and instantaneously Garcia joins in. Sweet.
The second set they play quite a few of the cowboy songs from their repertoire,
Appropriate for this
area of the country I suppose. The version of "Brokedown Palace" sounds good, 1971 is generally conducive to "Cumberland
Blues," another good listen.
The addition of
Hank Williams classic "You Win Again" to the set list
is quite welcome. Deadbase lists around 20 versions by the
Grateful Dead. The first reading was the previous evening and my
edition of Deadbase lists 9/26/72 as the last. My favorite versions of this song are when Garcia played it in his band live
in 1975, and I sure hope one them surfaces in an official JGB release. TheJerrysite.com lists two
from that year. There's a short outtake of the song also from the Jerry
box-set, which will have to
suffice until another Garcia Hopkins live
show is picked for release, which can't be quick enough. Before
my ramble ceases, for those that enjoy Gram Parsons' singing, from
the Grateful Dead vault, recorded by Bear, and released by Ameoba
Parsons Archive, Vol. 1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 offers
a a live version of "You Win Again" from April 6, 1969, at
the Avalon Ballroom, as the Flying Burrito Brothers opened up for the Grateful Dead.
highlight of the second set is the "Not Fade Away" >
"Jam" > "Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad"
> "Not Fade Away" section. My favorite version has long
been the one from Ladies and Gentlemen release from the April
29, 1971, Fillmore East show. This version is right up there on the
A list, a definitive version for sure. What makes this one special is the cool jam between "Not Fade Away"
and "Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad," where they early on
imply "China Cat Sunflower," and then take the jam in
sound quality is very good, not fantastic. There is some hiss that comes through if
you're attentive, but it is not too noticeable. It is better
sounding than Download Series
Volume 3. The keyboards are a
bit low in the mix, especially during the upbeat rockers, though
Keith does add nice touches throughout. A few examples
like "Beat It On Down The Line," "El
Paso," and "Ramble On Rose," and especially "Dark Star,"
that hint of the magic that
would transpire in the coming years with the addition of Keith to
the band. The rest of the
personnel comes through very
clear and each of their musical contributions are easily identified
in the mix.
new release, Road Trips: Vol. 3, Number 2: Austin, TX
November 15, 1971 is here. So how does it stack up
to the other 1971 Keith releases? It rivals Dick's
Picks Volume 2, that's is a really nice piece of music. This
release offer two real standouts with "Dark
Star" as well as a superb "Not Fade Away" >
"Jam" > "Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad"
> "Not Fade Away." It is also a good listen to hear the
rest of songs. While they tended to get better with
time, it's nice to hear them at this stage of their development. A full
show perfectly timed to have each set on their own disc adds a nice
liner notes written by Blair Jackson give an excellent balance
between history and performance commentary.
The New Riders of the Purple Sage opened the show.
Barry Small ©
Grade B +
The bonus disc is a good complement and there are only a few repeats from the main release: "Sugar
Magnolia," "Me and My Uncle" and "Truckin'."
Though, while the songs repeat, they are in different roles of the
concert as the featured disc they are stand alone cuts. Conversely,
on the bonus disc they are key components of the heart of the show that is around an
hour of straight music, all keyed around "Truckin'" > "The Other One" with Me and My Uncle" slipped
within "The Other One." Certainly on par with the featured release "Dark Star" > "El Paso" "Dark Star."
To fill the disc, they generously included "China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider" and "Sugaree."
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Municipal Auditorium Austin, TX
November 15, 1971
All selections are previously
3. Playing In The Band
5. Jack Straw
7. Beat It On Down The Line
8. Dark Star>
9. El Paso>
10. Dark Star
11. Casey Jones
12. One More Saturday Night
1. Me And My Uncle
2. Ramble On Rose
3. Mexicali Blues
4. Brokedown Palace
5. Me And Bobby McGee
6. Cumberland Blues
7. Sugar Magnolia
8. You Win Again
9. Not Fade Away>
11. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>
12. Not Fade Away
13. Johnny B. Goode
Bonus CD: (while supplies last)
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY get the Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 2 bonus disc with your order. This offer is first come, first serve.
Bonus CD: (while supplies last)
Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas (11/14/71).
1. China Cat Sunflower>
2. I Know You Rider
6. The Other One>
7. Me And My Uncle>
8. The Other One>
9. Wharf Rat>
10. Sugar Magnolia
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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Keith Godchaux - keyboards
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|Released - Feb. 2010
CD mastering - Jeffrey Norman
Produced - Grateful Dead
Produced for release - David Lemieux and Blair Jackson
Recorded - Rex Jackson
Cover Art - Scott McDougall
Back Cover Photo - Bob Seidemann
Interior Photo -Mary Ann Mayer
Package Design - Steve Vance
Listening Party - Prior to the release the
listening party featured:
Not Fade Away > Jam > Goin' Down The Road Feeling
Bad > Not Fade Away
E: Johnny B. Goode
Date 11/15/71 -
One - Truckin' [8:12] ; Bertha [5:24] ; Playing In The Band
[5:59] ; Deal [4:39] ; Jack Straw [4:40] ; Loser [5:57] ; Beat It On
Down The Line [2:58] ; Dark Star (1) [12:14] > El Paso [4:38]
> Space [3:29] > Jam [3:59] ; Casey Jones (2) [5:25] ; One
More Saturday Night [4:17]
Two - Me And My Uncle [#2:03] ; Ramble On Rose [5:56] ; Mexicali
Blues [3:20] ; Brokedown Palace [5:13] ; Me And Bobby McGee [5:32] ;
Cumberland Blues [5:18] ; Sugar Magnolia [6:54] ; You Win Again
[2:18] ; Not Fade Away [3:57] > China Cat Sunflower Tease [0:37]
> Jam [7:42] > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [8:06] > Not
Fade Away [3:05]
Encore Johnny B. Goode [3:55]
Texas Christian University - Fort Worth, TX
One - Bertha [5:54] ; Beat It On Down The Line [3:00] ; China Cat
Sunflower [5:24] > I Know You Rider [5:18] ; El Paso [4:34]
> Sugaree [6:27] ; Jack Straw [4:52] ; Big Railroad Blues
[3:20] ; Me And Bobby McGee [5:31] ; Loser [6:24] ; Playing In The
Band [5:59] ; Tennessee Jed [6:47] ; You Win Again [2:17] ; Mexicali
Blues [3:18] ; Casey Jones [5:25] ; One More Saturday Night [4:30]
Two - Truckin' [10:30] > Drums [4:24] > The Other One
[9:14] > Me And My Uncle [2:58] > The Other One [12:21] >
Wharf Rat [9:43] > Sugar Magnolia [6:25]
Encore - Johnny B. Goode [3:52]
Bold on disc
Italics - Not played at featured show or included on the bonus disc.
From the Grateful Dead website
Years before Willie Nelson called it home, and decades before South By Southwest gave it international hip cache, Austin was Texas’ only hippie-tolerant city. It had bohemian coffee houses and clubs that served up psychedelic bands playing in front of mind-bending light shows. So is it any wonder that Austin was the first city in Texas to really take a shine to the Good Ol’ Grateful Dead?
The band first played the Austin Municipal Auditorium during a swing through Texas in February 1970, surprising (and delighting) a crowd that was no doubt expecting an evening of music from their most recent album, Live Dead, by playing a lot more folk and country-influenced material (including a short acoustic set). By the time the Dead returned to Municipal Auditorium on November 15, 1971, they had resoundingly affirmed their interest in Americana by putting out the twin masterpieces Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty (as well as the live “Skull & Roses”), but the band still had a few surprises up their sleeves, including a great young piano player, Keith Godchaux, and a cornucopia of fine new songs. The entire fall ’71 tour showed the thrilling impact that Keith’s arrival had on the Dead’s ever-morphing sound—talk about a quick study!—and Austin, just his sixteenth show with the band, is certainly among the strongest of that era, and a worthy choice for the latest installment in our Road Trips series, presented in its entirety. (For those of you keeping score at home, this is Volume 3, No. 2.)
There’s a freshness and spontaneity to the playing in this show that is a wonder to behold. It sounds like the group is exploring new musical worlds together, and indeed that is precisely what was happening: New songs introduced that summer and fall and played that night in Austin include “Jack Straw,” “One More Saturday Night,” “Mexicali Blues,” “Ramble On Rose,” “El Paso” and “You Win Again”; and several more date back just to the beginning of the year—“Bertha,” “Playing in the Band,” “Deal,” “Loser,” “Me and Bobby McGee.” The addition of Keith’s imaginative piano flourishes brought a new spark to all of those songs and in general inspired the rest of the group.
However, the reason this show is so revered among hard core fans is a pair of remarkable stretches of improvisatory genius—one in the first set, another in the second. On Disc One, you’ll find an amazing sequence of tunes that moves from “Dark Star” (a relative rarity in ’71) to “El Paso” (perfect for a Texas audience, of course!), back into more deep space, and finally landing at “Casey Jones.” And at the end of the show, on Disc Two, the Austin crowd is treated to what is, in my humble opinion, one of the best-ever versions of “Not Fade Away” > “Goin’ Down the Road” > “Not Fade Away,” loaded with beautiful and surprising musical turns and propelled by the can-do confidence of a band reveling in its new-found power. It’s prime Dead, for sure.
The action-packed Bonus Disc that will be sent gratis to those who order Road Trips 3.2 in what we nebulously refer to as “a timely fashion,” keeps us in Texas—indeed, it is taken from the hot show at Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University (aka
TCU—go Horned Frogs!) the previous night, 11/14/71. We’ve loaded the disc mainly with tunes not played in Austin, so between the two nights, you can hear much of the group’s repertoire from that tour. TCU highlights include a sparkling “China Cat > Rider” and a long, jammy sequence that includes “Truckin’,” “The Other One,” “Me & My Uncle” and more “Other One,” before drifting into “Wharf Rat” and a killer “Sugar Magnolia” to close. You can find the complete list and the breakdown of all three discs by clicking here.
Sound quality is crisp and clean, and sonic sultan Jeffrey Norman has once again mastered the whole deal to the HDCD spec. Included, as always, is a booklet with a lively historical essay and cool period
So, order your copy today! Or, if you can’t quite get it togethah today, how about tomorrow? A week from yesterday works, too, but don’t delay too long because then you’ll forget about it and the next thing you know the Bonus Disc will be gone, gone, gone! It isn’t pretty, but it happens! Anyway, you can