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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 3 - 11/21/1973 - New release

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11/21/1973
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Filler 11/20/1973
 
 
 
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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 3 - 11/21/1973 - New release

Road Trips Vol. 4. No. 3
November 21, 1973 (Filler 11/20/1973)
Denver Coliseum - Denver, CO

Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3 contains live concert material from the Grateful Dead's fall 1973 tour. The material encompasses the complete concert from November 21, 1973, at the Denver Coliseum in Denver, CO, and a key segment from the previous evening at the same venue.

This tour is one of this editors favorite eras of Grateful Dead music to listen to. Their studio album Wake of the Flood was released just prior to this tour, and they perform three songs from it from the featured show and one more in the filler section. There have been several previous live Grateful Dead releases from the October through December 1973 period so we'll share a summary comment on how this stacks up against the other releases. Excluding bonus discs and compilations, I count 23 live concert discs spread among the various live series'. Even with the abundance already available, this music is so good I hope this era is tapped again. 

The first disc includes the first 12 songs of set one, the last song of the set begins disc two. The opening part of the show is standard fare for 1973 Grateful Dead. It was nice to hear the "Jack Straw" "Dire Wolf Wolf" pairing. "Big Railroad Blues" rocks. The version of "They Love Each Other" seemed to have a rapid tempo that had me longing for a Jerry Garcia Band version instead. The end of the set is the best. Starting with "Here Comes Sunshine" it's all good. That new song opens up and offers some extended instrument explorations. Next is a killer version of "Big River," perhaps the highlight of the set, no kidding. Jerry sings "Brokedown Palace" oh so sweetly. 

The first set continues on disc two with Bobby's showcase from their Wake of the Flood album, "Weather Report Suite." The second set has two distinct phases. First it starts out with a unique 60 minute non-stop musical passage with a song sequence that I haven't heard. It takes on the theme of splitting "Playing in the Band" into sections. It is similar in idea to the "Playing in the Band" > Uncle John's Band" > "Morning Dew" > "Uncle John's Band" > "Playing in the Band" that was played three times during this era; 11/10/73, 11/17/73, and 3/24/74. Noteworthy is the 11/14/73 that split "The Other One" into three segments, which  takes the same weaving concept; that'd be a nice future release.  

Getting back to this set. A few things that caught my ear during this truly amazing musical segment. During "Half-Step," Keith really shines in this version adding some beautiful runs and fills. His passage leading up to the "Across the Grand Rio" section is absolutely spot-on. Jerry also threw in a guitar riff that I could swear was from "Maybe It Was the Roses." I sure would have enjoyed a longer outro jam, but the transition to "Playing in the Band" is out of this world. During the first "Playing in the Band" piece, there is a definite  "Uncle John's Band" tease before segueing into a blistering take of "El Paso." They move back to a "Playing in the Band" jam that speaks "Wharf Rat" loud and clear before drifting off into other places, even hinting at "Dark Star." Eventually they get back to "Wharf Rat" and perform it fully. Upon it's conclusion an effortless move back to "Playing in the Band" takes us to a journey though the darkest music of the set. This leads to "Morning Dew" to carry us home. The Oct. 1973 through Oct. 1974 versions of this song are all beautiful to hear and this version is no exception. 

Moving on to disc 3, the set continues. Another fine chucnk of Grateful Dead music. This one is upbeat starting with "Truckin'." It takes a blues theme jam that hints of and eventually leads to a Blind Willie Johnson blues standard "Nobody's Fault But Mine" from the late 1920's. Jerry sings it. The band played it four times on this tour and two of the other versions had been released previously, 12/8/73, and 12/19/73. There is also another live version from 1966 on the Birth of the Dead release and a "Nobody's Spoonful Jam" included as a bonus track on Aoxomoxoa. Lots of energy to close the set with > "GDTRFB" > "One More Saturday Night." The last song was especially tight and no doubt had everybody out of their chair. The show concludes with a solid encore of "Uncle John's Band."  

There's more! It's nearly forty minutes of filler from 11/20/73, same venue. It too starts with "Truckin'," not too many bands could get away using the same song twice on one disc of live concert material, but I'm sure no sane person would complain about it's inclusion. The reason is that it leads to a version of "The Other One" that includes the Phil introduction, plenty of exploratory jamming, and a full taste of the "Mind Left Body" jam toward the songs end, before transitioning into "Stella Blue,"  showcasing another song from their new album. 

So how does this stack up to the other releases from this period? There is a 9 disc box set, Winterland 1973, that has three full shows, and tremendous sonics. Excluding that box set from the conversation our top three picks are: Dick's Picks 19 (10/19/73), Dick's Picks 14 (11/30 and 12/2/73), and this release, Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3

The most definitive aspect of this release I'd opine are the transitions during the first hour of the second set on disc two. The first and third disc are solid too. The sound is very good. At times the bass was a bit too strong for my car speakers. The musical separation is nicely done and Keith's piano parts are especially clear in the mix.  This release is of the top shelf variety or at a minimum, very close to it.

by Barry Small © 
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Note: Subscribers to the Road Trips series will receive their exclusive Bonus Disc with the mailing of this Denver set.

 
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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 3 - 11/21/1973 - New release
Track List

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Track list

CD 1:
Set 1
1. Me and My Uncle
2. Sugaree
3. Jack Straw
4. Dire Wolf
5. Black Throated Wind
6. Big Railroad Blues
7. Mexicali Blues
8. They Love Each Other
9. Looks Like Rain
10. Here Comes Sunshine
11. Big River
12. Brokedown Palace

CD 2:
1. Weather Report Suite

Set 2
2. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo >
3. Playing In The Band >
4. El Paso >
5. Playing In The Band >
6. Wharf Rat >
7. Playing In The Band >
8. Morning Dew

CD 3:
1. Truckin' >
2. Nobody's Fault But Mine >
3. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad >
4. One More Saturday Night

Encore
5. Uncle John's Band

Filler - 11/20/1973
6. Truckin' >
7. The Other One >
8. Stella Blue

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 3 - 11/21/1973 - New release
Musicians:       

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Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums
Keith Godchaux - keyboards
Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 3 - 11/21/1973 - New release
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Released - May 2011 
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by David Lemieux and Blair Jackson
Recorded by Kidd Candelario
Liner Notes essay - Blair Jackson
CD Mastering - Jeffrey Norman
Photos - - Grant Gouldon
Package Design - Steve Vance

For a limited time, a "listening party was offered to sample some tracks from Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3- 11/21/1973.

We welcome you to hear two tracks from the brand new Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3: Denver '73. Both songs were released on the Wake Of The Flood album on October 15, 1973, "Here Comes Sunshine" and "Weather Report Suite."

From Deadlists 

Venue - Denver Coliseum
Location - Denver, CO
Date 11/20/73 - Tuesday 
One - Ramble On Rose ; Mexicali Blues ; Don't Ease Me In ; Black Throated Wind ; Brown Eyed Women ; Beat It On Down The Line ; To Lay Me Down ; The Race Is On ; They Love Each Other ; Me And Bobby McGee ; Tennessee Jed ; Big River ; Row Jimmy ; Weather Report Suite Prelude ; Weather Report Suite Part 1 ; Let It Grow ; Casey Jones

Two - The Promised Land > Bertha > Greatest Story Ever Told ; Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Dire Wolf ; Looks Like Rain ; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Truckin' > The Other One > Mind Left Body Jam > Stella Blue ; Sugar Magnolia

Encore - Uncle John's Band

Bold - included on release

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 3 - 11/21/1973 - New release

From the Grateful Dead website

Road Trip to the Rockies, ’73 Style!

It’s been a while since we’ve dipped into the uniformly magnificent fall of 1973 (the epic Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings came out three long years ago), and we’ve never put out a Road Trips from that year, so it’s high time we did! And you’ll have a high time getting lost in the majesty and mystery of Road Trips Vol. 4, No. 3, which consists of the entire November 21, 1973 concert at the Denver Coliseum spread across two-and-half discs, and then an excellent sequence of tunes from the second set of the previous night’s Denver show (11/20/73)!

Colorado has been fertile Grateful Dead Territory since the band’s first foray at the short-lived Denver Family Dog in 1967, and by the time 1973 rolled around, the group had built a large and loyal following there the old-fashioned way—by playing killer shows! Y’know, we often talk about the deluge of great tunes that came into the Dead’s repertoire during that fabulously fecund 1969-70 time period, but from the summer of ’72 through the summer of ’73, there was a veritable psychedelicornucopia of wondrous new Dead tunes introduced, including a handful that appear on this edition of Road Trips: “Here Comes Sunshine,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Weather Report Suite,” “They Love Each Other,” “Stella Blue”; each a classic in its own way, and indicative of some of the exciting new directions the Dead’s music was heading.

All of those except “They Love Each Other” turned up on the Dead’s exceptional Wake of the Flood album, released in mid-October 1973. It was the band’s first studio record since American Beauty three years earlier, and also the maiden release on their own Grateful Dead Records label, so they were way jazzed to be out there on the road digging into their recent tunes, several of which proved to be fine jamming vehicles and were instantly popular with the group’s ever-growing fan base.

The first set of 11/21/73 is a rock-solid and varied collection of tunes, including several “western” numbers (“Jack Straw,” “Me and My Uncle,” “Mexicali Blues”), a lovely “Brokedown Palace” (remember when that could turn up almost anywhere in a show?), a lilting and crystalline “Here Comes Sunshine” and a beautifully developed “Weather Report Suite”—already a monumental song after just three months!

The second set is where the fireworks really go off, however. It’s dominated by a spectacular hour-long medley that begins with “Half-Step,” segues into “Playing in the Band,” travels 715 miles due south for a little gunplay in “El Paso,” dips back into the “Playing” jam for spell, then into a superb “Wharf Rat,” back to a dynamic “Playing” reprise, and is topped off by one of the best versions of “Morning Dew” from this period. Nice! There’s plenty of show after that, too, with “Truckin’” rolling into a rare “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” then “Goin’ Down the Road” and “Saturday Night” as the rockin’ capper. “Uncle John’s” is the perfect anthemic encore.

Filling out Disc Three is a meaty triumvirate from 11/20 consisting of “Truckin’,” a typically convoluted and exciting “Other One,” and then a lovely “Stella Blue” that ends this Road Trips on a particularly poignant note.

As always, there is a CD booklet containing an essay about the show and period photos, and sonically this is certain to meet (or exceed) your expectations—once again it has been mastered to HDCD specs for maximum punch and clarity.

To see the complete song list for the three discs and to order this satisfying slice of Rocky Mountain Dead, click here.

- Blair Jackson

Note: Subscribers to the Road Trips series will receive their exclusive Bonus Disc with the mailing of this Denver set.

This item is estimated to ship May 3, 2011.

Colorado has been fertile Grateful Dead Territory since the band’s first foray at the short- lived Denver Family Dog in 1967, and by the time 1973 rolled around, the group had built a large and loyal following there the old-fashioned way—by playing killer shows! And you’ll have a high time getting lost in the majesty and mystery of Road Trips Vol. 4, No. 3, which consists of the entire November 21, 1973 concert at the Denver Coliseum spread across two-and-a-half discs, and then an excellent sequence of tunes from the second set of the previous night’s Denver show.

Includes CD booklet containing an essay about the show and period photos. All songs have been mastered to HDCD specs for maximum punch and clarity.

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 3 - 11/21/1973 - New release