This show might be more interesting than good, Enthusiasts: 3/24/71 from Winterland; the hook of this performance is this is the fewest Grateful Deads you’ll ever hear.
Obviously, TotD: there were only five Grateful Deads from 2/19/71 to 10/21/71, you’ll say.
And I’ll say, Please don’t help. I can do this all by myself like a big boy.
Then you’d say, Did you just say “like a big boy?” That is creepy phrasing for a man your age.
And I would run into my bedroom and self-harm.
This is not how show recommendations are supposed to go.
Stop censorshipping me.
And that’s not how the English language works.
Shh. Anyway: yes, there were only five Grateful Deads for eight months, but you can only hear four of them on this recording; according to Bobby (or Garcia, maybe), they “forgot” Pig’s organ,* so it’s just the two guitarists, Phil, and Billy for this short-ish set and it sounds like no other show: raw and lean and bar-bandish.
Check it out, and stay for the Uncle John’s Band featuring some of the most painful harmonizing you’ve ever heard.
*This is not true. I thought that this was the night Pig’s organ got repossessed, but that was late ’69 or early ’70. I don’t know what happened, but I know that the official story (as much as a deadpan aside from the stage can be called official) isn’t true.