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Road Trips: Road Trips Volume 1 # 3 - Grateful Dead
Vol. 1 No. 3
Summer '71
Order: GDM
Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 1 No. 3
Photo Credit Ed Wolpov
Exact Date unknown
Jerry Garcia photo - 1971
Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 1 No. 3
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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 1 No. 3

Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 3: Summer '71 

Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 3: Summer '71 release, like all of the Road Trips to date, is a compilation. To my liking, it doesn't include either of the Pigpen lead show stoppers, "Turn on Your Lovelight," or "Good Lovin'"; though "Lovelight is included on the bonus disc. Besides those jamming vehicles, the other exploration pieces of 1971 are represented, namely, "Dark Star," "The Other One," and the medley of "Not Fade Away" "GDTRFB" > Not Fade Away."

Each disc spotlights a different evening. The first is from the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut on July 31, 1971. A strong showing of "Hard to Handle" demonstrates the bands execution of R&B elements quite nicely. A country standard, “Me and Bobbie McGee,” shows Garcia tackling this genre not with a Nashville or Bakersfield licks in mind, rather a unique approach, with guitar notes that piece to the bone.  

Next up, material still from the first set, is an excellent rendering of "Dark Star." It's not as morbid or intense as some versions. Around the 16 minute mark, offers a cool jam that offers elements that sound somewhat reminiscent of the '73 and '74 transition from  China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider." Definitely worth a listen. This leads (>) to a nicely sung "Bird Song"; over 30 between the two songs. Grabbing the highlights from set two, is a solid “Not Fade Away," > GDTRFB" > "Not Fade Away," which includes a few licks of “Darkness, Darkness” to add some color to the evening.  Still more, the dual encore begins with Jerry singing us "Uncle Johns Band." 

The second disc is taken from Chicago’s Auditorium Theater on August 23, 1971. The main focus of the second disc, it's centerpiece features "The Other One." It’s a really good one, for sure. It is complete with the “Cryptical Envelopment” introduction and conclusion. The instrumental section has some of Summer '71's best interaction between Jerry and Phil, and they slip "Me and My Uncle" within the jam with really solid transitions. 

They package "The Other One" nicely by introducing it by snipping four solid selections to begin the disc, including "China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider" from the first set, which has a good transitional jam. The concluding material are solid versions of standard '71 material, "Wharf Rat" and "Sugar Magnolia."

The king of 1971 Grateful Dead releases is their four disc box entitled Ladies and Gentlemen. Roads Trips Vol. 1 No.3: Summer '71 is not at its level, but it concisely captures some outstanding live Grateful Dead melodies. Road Trips Summer ‘71 is at least as good as the remaining live '71 options. Adding to the case, the sound is very good for a '71 two track concert recording. 

by Barry Small
Grade B+

Order: GDM

Bonus disc comments
The bonus disc has some excellent supplementary material. It touches on music from 8/6/71 Hollywood Palladium (the tail end of set two from this show was on DP35), more from disc 1's featured show, 7/31/71 Yale Bowl, and 8/4/71 Terminal Island. 

From 8/6/71, one of the best renditions of "Hard to Handle"; count my vote for the Ladies and Gentlemen version. Do check out the other four selections from that night too. The 7/31/71 material is essential listening, especially the Merle Haggard cover, "Sing Me Back Home"; Grateful Dead 1971 is not comprehensive without it. 

Non-release commentary
Of interest to some from a historical sense. Plus follow the links to some fine music. During 1971, Garcia was busy playing a lot of steel guitar and worked with the New Riders of the Purple Sage both live and in the studio.

During the July 2, 1971 Fillmore West - San Francisco, CA, not only did Jerry sit in with the New Riders, a common occurrence, but also with the Rowan Brothers. A busy man. 

Set List 7/2/71 - Fillmore West - San Francisco, CA

Grateful Dead
Source - Deadlists 
Set One - Bertha [5:47] ; Me And Bobby McGee [5:38] ; Next Time You See Me [3:50] ; China Cat Sunflower [4:50] > I Know You Rider [5:47] ; Playing In The Band [4:54] ; Loser [6:33] ; The Rub [3:34] ; Me And My Uncle [3:10] ; Big Railroad Blues [3:35] ; Hard To Handle [7:19] ; Deal [6:13] ; The Promised Land [2:46] ; Good Lovin' [17:16] 

Set Two - Sugar Magnolia [6:41] ; Sing Me Back Home [9:48] ; Mama Tried [2:47] ; Cryptical Envelopment [2:02] > Drums [5:16] > The Other One [15:40] ; Big Boss Man [5:18] ; Casey Jones [5:36] ; Not Fade Away [3:49] > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [7:22] > Jam [1:09] > Not Fade Away [3:35] 

Encore Johnny B. Goode [3:43] 

New Riders of the Purple Sage
John Dawson - rhythm guitar, vocals
David Nelson - lead guitar, vocals
David Torbert - bass, vocals
Jerry Garcia - pedal steel guitar
Spencer Dryden - drums

tuning & Bill Graham intro
Workingman's Blues
I Don't Know You
Down In The Boondocks
Dirty Business
Glendale Train
Portland Women
Last Lonely Eagle
Louisiana Lady
Honky Tonk Women
The Weight

The Rowan Brothers
Source Wolfgang's vault

Chris Rowan - guitar, piano, vocals
Lorin Rowan - guitar, mandolin, vocals
Jerry Garcia - pedal steel guitar
David Grisman - mandolin, piano
Bill Wolf - bass
Bill Kruetzman - drums

1. Bill Graham Introduction 0:30
2. Hickory Day 2:42
3. Heavens To Betsy 3:06
4. Outside Clover 2:51
5. Grumbling Angel 2:59
6. Better Off Dead 3:33
7. Peace & Happiness 3:04
8. Mama Don't You Cry 4:27
9. We're Gonna Get Higher (Incomplete) 2:13
10. Livin' The Life On The Farm 5:58
11. Move On Down 2:59
12. Bill Graham Outro

At the time of this performance, the Rowan Brothers had yet to release an album. Signed to Columbia under the instruction of Clive Davis after a bidding war with Asylum Records' David Geffen in which Columbia doubled Geffen's offer, they would soon become the focus of an overhyped campaign that they could never live up to. They recorded their first LP with their older brother Peter's bandmate, David Grisman, producing. A few members of the Grateful Dead also lend a hand to the sessions. When the album was released, the brother's faces were prominently displayed on a Sunset Boulevard billboard and they were profiled in Rolling Stone. An offhand comment made by Jerry Garcia in a Rolling Stone interview that said "They could be like the Beatles, they're that good," was taken out of context and subsequently plastered on all the promotion for the album. In the wake of this promotional blitz, the group's management advised them not to tour and to simply wait for the album to explode. The album failed to take off and the Garcia quote, combined with Columbia's firing of Clive Davis, proved the kiss of death for the group. The Rowan Brothers were dropped from the label before they could complete a second album.

This third night of the Fillmore West closing week festivities opened with the Rowan Brothers giving their one and only appearance at the Fillmore and one of only a handful promoting their first album. Mandolin virtuoso David Grisman, in addition to Jerry Garcia and Bill Kruetzman, help provide backing throughout the set. This was a marathon night for Garcia, who played on every song by all three groups.

The Rowan Brother's breezy harmonies and pastoral, feel-good songs go over well with the Fillmore audience. Surprisingly, they only perform three songs from their debut LP - "Hickory Day," "Mama Don't You Cry," and "Move On Down" - but the rest of the material is similar in feel. Though these songs can sound somewhat naïve and dated they do offer a true reflection of that short idyllic time period when many of the San Francisco bands had relocated to Marin County and were living free and easy. The brothers themselves had recently relocated from Boston to Stinson Beach, and this radical change in surroundings, coupled with a certain popularity among leading San Francisco music figures, infused their songwriting. Guardian angels, mountain climbing and running free are common lyrical themes here, some with uplifting spiritual overtones.

One notable exception is "Better Off Dead," one of the more enjoyable lost songs. It's a shame that it was not recorded for their first album, as it would have given it some humorous balance as a potential sing-a-long anthem. Garcia's pedal steel is particularly fitting on this take. The legendary artist's presence, along with the nature of the event itself, allows the song to resonate on a number of levels.