Saturday Dead: 2.23.71

Capitol Theater
Port Chester, NY
February 23rd, 1971

Words By J-man

1971 was an interesting year for the Grateful Dead. This show took place within' a week of Mickey Hart's departure from the band and just months prior to Pigpen's hiatus for health reasons. 71' marked the end of the "Pigpen Era". The band was in a period of transition, which was also evident in the music.

This recording from the Capitol Theater in February of 71' reflects a tight, near peak band singing for their proverbial lives. Track to track this show is on par with some of the best, resulting in it being referred to by many as a "go to show". The recording is clean and the combination of Pigpen's subtle yet sweet organ playing, Jerry's soulful vocals and the band's harmonies make it a true gem.

Enjoy this one, I sure did.

Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on February 23, 1971.

Set One: Uncle John's Band, Loser, Playin' In The Band, Big Boss Man, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Me And Bobby McGee, Bertha, Next Time You See Me, Morning Dew, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones

Set Two: Me & My Uncle, Bird Song, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat, Greatest Story Ever Told-> Good Lovin', Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away-> Johnny B. Goode


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