March 25, 2015 – 2:05 pm

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Chicago 1971 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL; October 21, 1971. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to Charlie Miller, David Gans and owsleysbear for sharing the show at the Bay.

Recently, a batch of Grateful Dead shows surfaced on the net, many from the Charlie Miller collection and these versions are likely new to circulation.

Charlie Miller is renown in trading circles for his amazing ongoing upgrades and remasters of Grateful Dead soundboard and audience tapes that had formerly resided in the depths of only the most hardcore Dead collections. Charlie is one of the great liberators of these tapes, and he has shown amazing generosity to the Dead community to donate his time, expertise and gear to make every Deadhead’s listening session a more enjoyable and magical experience. While his day job is being the recording engineer and archivist for ace guitarist Steve Kimock, Charlie always seems to find the time during his Deadhead remastering night job to rework and upload yet another amazing piece of the Grateful Dead’s audio history into the greater Internet trading community.

Visit for a 2010 interview with Charlie Miller.

Another person who has been instrumental in liberating live Grateful Dead from the vaults has been Dick Latvala:

To initiates, the Grateful Dead’s vault has the mythical lure of the Amber Room. In the nineties, the band moved its collection from San Rafael to a state-of-the-art strongroom in Novato, with five-layered walls, various alarms, and a system that would suck all the oxygen from the room in the event of fire. It housed more than ten thousand tapes.

Their keeper was Dick Latvala, a self-described “flaming Deadhead” and “crazy tape pervert”—the avid congregant who one day finds himself in the role of high priest. Latvala was a young gospel and R. & B. buff when he first encountered the Dead, in 1966. He was an instant convert and thenceforth an avid attendee, a member of the earliest cadre of Dead freaks who bore witness to the band’s metamorphosis from a mere blues-and-dance band into a full-bore improvisational psychedelic experiment—what he called “primal Dead.”

Click here for the 2012 New Yorker article on the Dead.

Comments posted at

The Dark Star, though not as legendary as 10/24 or especially 10/31, is very cool, with some especially engaging interplay during the fast-paced jam which builds into a soaring Feeling Groovy segment. Garcia and Weir are particularly inspired, as they deftly move into a spacey transition into Sitting on Top of the World, of all things, and back to Dark Star for the second verse. - clementinescaboose

Truckin’ and Loser are impressive. Excellent second set includes one of the better Dark Stars of the year. Sitting on Top of the World and Brown Eyed are very good. The Auditorium Theater shows were high energy throughout the ’70s. - chris phillips

This is a great recording. Glad to see while it is at an AUDitorium, the recording is a SBD. I haven’t really heard the keyboards as high in the mix as in the recent recordings with Keith. I’m happy to finally hear the piano up loud. Five Stars for a great sound (four stars in my mind because there is no Wharf Rat). - GermanShepherd

Typical sounding show for this period, but typical for fall ‘71 is great. Keith’s second show and he is PLAYING TO IMPRESS. Every fill sounds like he is flushed in with Billy, Phil, and Jerr. It’s such a shame how downhill he went in the later days, especially listening to the quality of shows like these. A spacey Dark Star melts into a Sittin On Top Of The World back into Dark Star then out of nowhere, Bobby McGee. I would say along with Halloween this is the best October ‘71 Keith show. - Dylan M

Selected tracks from this show appeared as bonus tracks on Dave’s Picks Vol 3 but this title is out of print. Meanwhile, this show is also streamed at

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 101. tuning 0:27 (746k)
Track 102. Truckin’ 11:00 (18.5MB)
Track 103. Loser 8:10 (13.7MB)
Track 104. Beat It On Down the Line 6:04 (10.2MB)
Track 105. Tennessee Jed 8:55 (15.0MB)
Track 106. Playing In the Band 7:01 (11.8MB)
Track 107. Big Railroad Blues 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 108. Jack Straw 6:35 (11.1MB)
Track 109. Cumberland Blues 7:15 (12.2MB)
Track 110. Comes a Time 8:15 (13.9MB)
Track 111. Mexicali Blues 4:22 (7.4MB)
Track 112. The Frozen Logger 1:01 (1.7MB)
Track 113. Cold Rain and Snow 6:58 (11.7MB)
80 mins

Disc 2 (Set 1 cont)
Track 201. One More Saturday Night 5:08 (8.6MB)

Set 2
Track 202. Casey Jones 6:48 (11.4MB)
Track 203. Me and My Uncle 5:16 (8.9MB)
Track 204. Dark Star 14:58 (25.1MB)
Track 205. Sittin On Top of the World 3:20 (5.6MB)
Track 206. Dark Star 2:13 (3.7MB)
Track 207. Me and Bobby McGee 7:31 (12.6MB)
Track 208. Brown-Eyed Women 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 209. Ramble On Rose 7:33 (12.7MB)
Track 210. Sugar Magnolia 7:54 (13.3MB)
Track 211. Saint Stephen 5:54 (9.9MB)
Track 212. Johnny B Goode 4:36 (7.7MB)
76 mins

Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - electric bass, vocals
Keith Godchaux - keyboards
Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums

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  1. 18 Responses to “THE GRATEFUL DEAD - CHICAGO 1971”

  2. Yay! More Dead! More Grateful!
    Thanks Big O
    Can’t wait to check this set out
    The notes are of interest too. Particularly those about Keith’s playing and his descent but here at his peak it would seem as for the track list it is includes many of my favourites from Truckin’ to Dark Star to Sugar Magnolia
    Keep noodlin’ keep on chooglin and above all Keep on Truckin’!

    By swappers on Mar 25, 2015

  3. Hey Big O, all of set 2 from Dark Star to the end of the show and a couple of songs from set 1 (Truckin’, Big RxR and Frozen Logger) were officially released by the Dead as Dave’s Picks Vol. 3. You may want to take those tracks down.

    By Alan R. on Mar 25, 2015

  4. Prime Dead…good one.

    By Eric_A on Mar 25, 2015

  5. of all recent postings/re-postings, this setlist really rocks me…can’t wait to hear it!
    thanks again, bigO

    By metaljohn333 on Mar 26, 2015

  6. You can tell this will be a good show because Bobby fucks up the lyrics to Truckin’ on the first verse! Poor Bobby - I don’t know if he ever got through Truckin’ once without a mistake. I know its a long son but geeze
    but no complaints - this is my era dead - 71- 74 - Ill stack it up against any other time

    By dwight on Mar 26, 2015

  7. hey bigo…

    this is officially released under Daves Picks vol 3 bonus disc….

    not the whole show but several tracks…

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 26, 2015

  8. massive rickety shakey omg hang on tight thats just about right second set !

    By tech65 on Mar 26, 2015

  9. Alan R and Jerry’s Finger - WTF are your comments for? In which way exactly will you benefit if the tracks you’re so offended by are taken down?
    Why don’t you mind your own business?

    By Jack Bond on Mar 27, 2015

  10. go buy Dave’s Picks if you want it so bad…

    all the other tracks are ok except the bonus disc of this night included with the next night of the 22nd on this release…

    geeze everyone wants something for free…

    so why do you want to rip off the musicians…?

    it’s not benefiting me but obviously it is for you mr bond…

    support the artist…don’t rip them off…!

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 27, 2015

  11. Jack the point usually is that Big O has a bench mark where they will not knowingly make available things that are commercially available (support your local record store etc etc) however I think in this instance you are right to question as Dave’s Pick’s Vol 3 is no longer available from it’s publisher (Rhino) and certainly isn’t available commerically over here in the UK people elsewhere are still selling it for upwards of $200!
    I figure it’s in pubic domain again round about now!
    Juss tryin’ to be helpful all y’all

    By swappers on Mar 27, 2015

  12. rat cat alley roll them bones need that cash to feed that jones while the politicians throwin stones! anyway they fall guess who gets to pay the price…shake them bonez kidz!

    By tech65 on Mar 29, 2015

  13. ^you forgot the line right before…

    “the whole world full of petty wars…
    I’ve got mine & you’ve got yours…”


    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 29, 2015

  14. ‘geeze everyone wants something for free…’

    And what are you even doing on this site Mr Finger? I suppose you just come here to socialise and to conduct wars with Darth. You don’t download anything off here I suppose.

    Geeze what a hypocrite….

    The idea that one track more or less that may or may not be available on this site is going to bankrupt the huge money-making organisation that is the GD is laughable.

    By jack bond on Mar 30, 2015

  15. get bent you loser child…

    obvisiouly you are a troglodyte that has no sense of what these free sites of live music mean vs official releases in honoring most musicians wishes…

    in which bigo has obliged & adhered to in the past…why is this time an exception…?

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 30, 2015

  16. so is bigo’s policy is now free to post all out of print material…?

    is neil youngs ‘time fades away’ is ok to post then…?

    the Beatles ‘live album’…?

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 30, 2015

  17. As far as I know BIGO goes to great lengths to avoid posting anything which is going to bring the wrath of copyright lawyers down on his head. I don’t think he needs you going round with a fine tooth comb pointing out the odd track he may have missed. Who the hell cares? You have too much time on your hands IMO. Get back to blasting Darth.

    By jack bond on Mar 30, 2015

  18. oh I’m sure glen the resident clown will state a far fetch imaginative lie to bring comments down on him in the future…

    but have you thought maybe I’m helping bigo by pointing it out to avoid the wrath of corporate lawyers…?

    I don’t know…

    where’s the fine line mr bond…where you let one slide & not any others…?

    I’m just asking…what is bigo’s stance now on out of print releases…?

    all of sacd’s releases are now out of print…does that still give a roio site to post everything out of print…even though regular releases are still available…?

    even though they busted it down to an mp3 bit rate is that ok on the sacd’s if they did…? but it’s out of print…?

    just asking these interesting questions now…

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 30, 2015

  19. An excellent show. Thanks for the accurate description of this show. I am not a GD historian and I noticed immediately how high in the mix the piano was — didn’t realize this was Keith Godchaux’s 2nd show. Indeed he is featured in way he wasn’t for much longer. Very interesting and his playing adds a special dimension. I am not a big Pigpen fan, not least of all because his songs and patter had a strong misogynist streak, and Keith’s piano strikes me as a major upgrade, though I know they also co-existed for some months after Pigpen recuperated a bit before his demise. (RIP) Particularly good “Cumberland Blues” with on-key vocals, Jerry’s smoking leads and strong bass from Phil.

    By Jania on May 5, 2015

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