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24-bit Grateful Dead   Leave a comment

Four nights (26th through the 29th) from The Boys’ April 1971 run at the Fillmore East have been transferred to 24-bit, using master reels. These are not “proper” releases, so you will have to hunt them down at someplace like etree. These shows will take a while to download (torrent), as they are 3 to 5 GB each.

The sound quality is mind-blowingly good. Some of these tracks showed up formally on Ladies and Gentlemen…The Grateful Dead. Briefly:

The 26th is not that great a night, and there are a number of technical problems. Stand outs are Big Boss Man & Hard To Handle (Pigpen sounds great); Sugar Magnolia & It Hurts Me Too (both with Duane Allman); and a Not Fade Away sandwich (Going Down The Road Feeling Bad).

The 27th is better than the previous night, but not the highpoint of the next two nights. This show is a must have for the special musical guest: The Beach Boys.

The 28th and 29th are both really good shows. A couple of particulars:

The set for the 28th includes Bill Graham’s pre-show press conference, where he announces he’s closing both Fillmore venues. A must listen, the conference is a precursor to Steve Albini’s piss-filled (and accurate) article, “The Problem With Music.” Bill closes with a 15 minute rag on Ratner’s Deli.

The 29th includes a best-ever Hard To Handle, and the last appearance for both Alligator and Second That Emotion (only seven appearances, and all in April of ’71).

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Posted 2010/03/10 by MG Nagy in Uncategorized

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