Today In Grateful Dead History: August 6, 1971 – Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA

stealie Today’s performance at the Hollywood Palladium has always been in my pantheon of great shows.  Here’s a short list explaining why:

  1.  It’s an all-time incredible audience recording.  Soundboard quality instrument separation, good balance on the crowd noise, just exactly perfect.  At one point, Bob Weir actually tells the taper to move back to get in the sweet spot.
  2. My favorite Hard to Handle, just a blistering, wailing performance start to finish.  I’ve listened to this version so much that when I hear any other performance of the song, I always expect it to sound like this and it throws me off for a minute when it doesn’t.  Hearing the crowd go absolutely bananas two-thirds of the way through doesn’t hurt.
  3. Following Hard to Handle with a set-closing Casey Jones is a rock-star move.  Bonus points for the guy in the crowd who shouts a train whistle “woo-woo” at every opportunity – in time with the band (unusual).
  4. This is the second set:  Saint Stephen, Truckin’>Drums>The Other One>Me And My Uncle>The Other One, Deal, Sugar Magnolia, Morning Dew, Turn On Your Lovelight.  It’s as good as you think it is.
  5. Opening the second set with Saint Stephen is also a rock-star move.
  6. The Truckin’>Drums>The Other One>Me And My Uncle>The Other One sequence is just pure gold, even with the Me and My Uncle interruption.  EDIT 09/19/16:  I listened to this sequence last night and the Me and My Uncle is a great addition to the piece – it fits in right where it belongs.
  7. Deal.
  8. Morning Dew is on the short list of all-time great Dews.  It doesn’t quite get there, but still . . .
  9. 24 minutes of Lovelight in 1971.  You know how that goes.

Get this show now.  Love it forever: https://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-06.fob-SonyECM22p.miller.88816.sbeok.flac16

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