The Grateful Dead At The Manhattan Center, April 1971 (1971-04-04, 1971-04-05, 1971-04-06)   Leave a comment

In 1971, while preparing the album to be released under the name “Grateful Dead” (aka: Skulls & Roses (what fans call it), aka: Skull F*ck (what the Grateful Dead wanted to call it), The Dead did a three night stand at NYC’s Manhattan Club.  According to the Wikipedia the tracks for:

  • Big Railroad Blues
  • Not Fade Away
  • Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
  • Oh Boy
  • I’m a Hog for You; and
  • Playing In The Band

were recorded during this run. According to one Dead Head who was there:

This show was billed as a Dance Marathon. It lasted for three days. I never danced for so long. By the second day the people on the dance floor were so hot that the DEAD started throwing laced Oranges out to the crowed. That’s when we all started to fly and Dance long into the Night.

A reviewer on the Internet Archive notes:

 The guys are relaxed and in good form. Jerry’s voice is smooth and soulful and his guitar sounds like Tennessee whiskey. Bob’s guitar has a beautiful, jazz-like ringing tone. His solo jam in “Hard to Handle”, well, I didn’t know he had it in him. It’s awesome. Phil is low-key, subtle and tasty throughout. Pig is in good form though early signs of the decline are felt, if not quite heard…The songs are mostly short but sweet.

Although these are sound board recordings there are clearly some problems (monitors turning on and off and some of the songs are patched from audience tapes).  Cowboy tunes and Trucker favorites have new and strong place in the sets with pride of place given to Merle Haggard. Note that Micky Hart has left the band at this point (he will return in 1974).   All a nice look at the post psychedelic (but still high) Dead.  I would see the Dead for the first time myself a few months later (post Pig Pen) in Albuquerque, New Mexico (1971-11-17).

The Sets can be heard on the Internet Archive.

1971-04-04 – Manhattan Center Listen

1971-04-05 – Manhattan Center Listen

1971-04-06 – Manhattan Center Listen

Playing In The Band 1971-04-06 Listen

Manhattan Center: 1971-04-04

  • 01 01:54 Tuning Listen
  • 02 06:52 Bertha Listen
  • 03 03:54 Me And My Uncle Listen
  • 04 05:24 Next Time You See Me Listen
  • 05 10:42 Morning Dew Listen
  • 06 05:34 Playing In The Band Listen
  • 07 07:24 Loser Listen
  • 08 11:15 Easy Wind Listen
  • 09 07:54 Me And Bobby McGee Listen
  • 10 02:31 Greatest Story Ever Told -> Listen
  • 11 04:04 Johnny B. Goode Listen
  • 12 02:45 Tuning Listen
  • 13 08:25 Truckin’ Listen
  • 14 02:25 Tuning Listen
  • 15 08:29 Hard To Handle Listen
  • 16 04:49 Deal Listen
  • 17 05:47 Sugar Magnolia Listen
  • 18 05:17 Casey Jones Listen
  • 19 25:40 Good Lovin’ Listen
  • 20 06:20 Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad -> Listen
  • 21 05:47 Saint Stephen -> Listen
  • 22 04:43 Not Fade Away -> Listen
  • 23 06:48 Uncle John’s Band Listen

Concert Length: 02:18:43

Manhattan Center: 1971-04-05

  • 01 08:09 Cold Rain And Snow Listen
  • 02 08:03 Me And Bobby McGee Listen
  • 03 05:08 The Rub Listen
  • 04 09:02 Loser Listen
  • 05 09:00 Playing In The Band Listen
  • 06 05:14 Big Railroad Blues Listen
  • 07 04:24 Me And My Uncle Listen
  • 08 07:52 Big Boss Man Listen
  • 09 05:01 China Cat Sunflower -> Listen
  • 10 06:44 I Know You Rider Listen
  • 11 05:15 Casey Jones Listen
  • 12 08:24 Truckin’ -> Listen
  • 13 06:01 Drums -> Listen
  • 14 09:19 The Other One -> Listen
  • 15 13:12 Wharf Rat Listen
  • 16 06:36 Sugar Magnolia Listen
  • 17 08:40 I’m A King Bee Listen
  • 18 06:16 Bertha Listen
  • 19 05:47 Deal Listen
  • 20 09:08 Sing Me Back Home Listen
  • 21 04:16 Not Fade Away -> Listen
  • 22 06:27 Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad -> Listen
  • 23 00:45 Not Fade Away -> Listen
  • 24 23:33 Turn On Your Lovelight Listen

Concert Length: 01:53:51

Manhattan Center: 1971-04-06

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