date - June 26, 2007
Grateful Dead Productions Inc.
Liner notes by Gary Lambert with technical commentary by Joe
Riders of the Purple Sage featuring Jerry Garcia,
Recorded on February 21 and 23, 1971, at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester.
Features the live debut "Bird Song" and "Deal."
It includes the second live performances of: "Bertha," "Playing In
"Loser" "Greatest Story Every Told," and "Wharf Rat" all of
which were played for the first time on the previous night at the
same venue, Port Chester. The evening before, in addition to the
five noted songs, was the first "Johnny B. Goode."
If you want to understand
why people obsess over live Grateful Dead recordings, the historic From
The Vault series of releases holds the answer. The story begins
in 1991 when the band quietly and unintentionally launched a musical
revolution with back-to-back live concert releases, One From the
Vault and Two from The Vault. These superior-quality
recordings of fan-favorite shows not only delighted Dead Heads
everywhere, but also inspired artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan and
Pearl Jam to eventually follow suit with releases of their own
Setting a gold standard by
which all other live Dead albums are judged, the From The Vault
releases heralded an astonishing 53 live albums that followed during
the ensuing years, which ranged in content from complete individual
concerts to compilations from specific tours to career-spanning
boxed sets. Representing the pinnacle of the band's renowned archive
of 2,400 live show recordings, the groundbreaking From The Vault
series' rare multi-track recordings thrilled hardcore fans and
novices alike before stalling in 1992 after only two volumes.
But now the legendary
series is set to return with the long-overdue third installment of From
The Vault. That the Dead would wait 15 years before putting out
the series' latest chapter should come as no surprise to anyone
familiar with the band's longstanding policy of gleefully
monkey-wrenching the space-time continuum whenever and wherever
possible. And so, with characteristically charming perversity,
Grateful Dead proudly present THREE FROM THE VAULT.
To celebrate the From
The Vault releases, Dead.net, the band's official Web site,
will unveil a major redesign of the site later this month. Echoing
the look and feel of the popular Grateful Dead Almanac, the
extensively overhauled Dead.net will reinforce the site's status as
the top online destination for Dead Heads. The Web site will be more
interactive and comprehensive than before and will completely
accommodate the Dead community offering new merchandise, message
boards as well as a fan forum.
Also on June 26, the
revamped site will also offer enhanced reissues of ONE FROM THE
VAULT ($24.98) and TWO FROM THE VAULT ($31.98), the latter
containing a disc of music not included on the original 1992
release, as well as a special-edition, seven-disc boxed set, THE
VAULT BOX ($69.98), containing all three From The Vault
releases. All dead.net preorders for THREE FROM THE VAULT or THE
VAULT BOX will include an exclusive copy of Dick's 'Dex,
special booklet containing a comprehensive Dick's Picks song index
and discography featuring a complete track listing for all 36
releases from the series.
Recorded February 19, 1971,
at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, the long heralded
20-song performance on THREE FROM THE VAULT has traveled a long road
to release. Originally slated as a follow-up to the rapturously
received Two From The Vault, the Capitol Theatre tapes were
mixed, mastered...and then, for reasons somewhat obscured in the
smoky haze of time, the release got put on the back burner and
forgotten for a decade and a half.
Fortunately for Dead fans,
THREE FROM THE VAULT is worth the wait. Featuring Jerry Garcia, Bill
Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and Bob Weir,
the concert sustains the creative momentum the band created
recording their breakthrough albums Workingman's Dead and American
Beauty the previous year. During more than two hours of music,
the Dead debuted no fewer than seven brand-new songs in the first
two nights of the run alone. They would all become beloved staples
of the live repertoire for the rest of the band's touring life.
Heard here are the second-ever performances of "Loser,"
"Bertha," "Playing In The Band," "Greatest
Story Ever Told" and "Wharf Rat," plus the world
premieres of "Bird Song" and "Deal." Some of the
new tunes had an intriguing work-in-progress feel to them. For
example, "Greatest Story" (still known at the time by its
working title, "Pump Song") had not yet received its
"Abraham and Isaac" bridge. And "Playing" and
"Bird Song" only hint at the magnificent vessels of sonic
exploration they would soon become.
The show was significant
for other reasons as well. With drummer Mickey Hart on hiatus, the
band began developing a leaner, more spacious sound. Bill
Kreutzmann, now the sole drummer, rose to the daunting challenge
magnificently, as did his bandmates. This was Grateful Dead music
stripped to its bare essence -- the dawning of what has been called
the band's "turn on a dime" period.