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Following on the heels of Light In The Attic's vinyl LP release of One and Two From The Vault comes the final release in the trilogy of From The Vault releases by the Grateful Dead. These releases are distinguished from the more abundant Dick's Picks series in that Dick's Picks are "direct from the soundboard" recordings, while the From The Vault series were professionally recorded on multi-track tape and then mixed down (decades) later for release.
Recorded live at the Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY) in 1971, this is the worldwide vinyl debut release of this seminal show featuring the 5 piece line-up of Pigpen, Garcia, Weir, Lesh, and Kruetzmann (Mickey Hart had temporarily left the band at that point), freshly remastered in 2014 by Joe Gastwirt for your pleasure. 20 classic songs on 8 sides of wax, this show has previously only been available on CD; this is the first ever vinyl LP release!
The band played six shows over the course of seven nights at the Capitol Theatre in February of 1971, and this was the second of that run, recorded on the 19th. Their previous two studio albums had been their landmark recordings of Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, and while songs from those albums were certainly featured, the Dead debuted seven brand new songs on this night-all of which went on to become Dead "standards" including "Playing in the Band", "Greatest Story Ever Told" and two absolute classics: "Bird Song" and "Deal". Essential Dead.
The Capitol show is an all-out rock & roll concert...The template for nearly the next two-and-a-half decades of Dead-dom - including the idea of dividing the show into two halves, the second devoted to more introspective improv - was set right here. By the end of 1971, San Francisco's secret would build a fan base that would never shrink.
- Repress of 2015 release
- 4LP Set
- Recorded live at Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (2/19/71
- Remastered for vinyl by Joe Gastwirt (2014)
- Original DAT tapes captured at that format's original rate of 16 bit / 44.1kHz
- Lacquers cut by Kevin Gray
- Gatefold Stoughton ''tip-on'' M-Pack jacket
- Pressed at RTI
- Two Ditties: The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down / Spring Song
- Cumberland Blues
- It Hurts Me Too
- Playing In The Band
- Dark Hollow
- Smokestack Lightnin'
- China Cat Sunflower
- I Know You Rider
- Greatest Story Ever Told
- Johnny B. Goode
- Bird Song
- Easy Wind
- That's It For The Other One: Cryptical Envelopment / Drums / The Other One
- Wharf Rat
- Good Lovin'
- Casey Jones