Band Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 12/31/70 - Thursday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:51:05] ; Truckin' [9:57] ; Intro [0:59] ; Monkey And The Engineer [1:#19] ; [0:52] ; Cold Rain And Snow [5:49] ; [0:18] ; Easy Wind [4:45#] % [0:02] ; Big Railroad Blues [3:22] ; [0:58] ; Cumberland Blues [4:38] ; [1:38] ; Dire Wolf [3:50] ; [1:56] ; Cryptical Envelopment [1:57] > Drums [7:56] > The Other One [10:35] > Black Peter [8:17] ; [0:03] % [0:06] ; Sugar Magnolia [5:16] ; [3:45] ; China Cat Sunflower [3:07] > Jam [3:24] > I Know You Rider [4:37] ; [2:50] ; Good Lovin' [15:09] > Uncle John's Band [8:29]
Comments The New Riders, Hot Tuna and Stoneground were also on the bill, and the Dead played one long set. Two separate tapes make up the circulating recordings from this show. Video of the concert was broadcast by KQED-TV San Francisco with the first 4 songs simulcast on KSAN-FM San Francisco. KQED-TV station ID before Sugar Magnolia. The circulating tape of these tunes is the AUD tape; on the circulating tape there is a cut in Monkey And The Engineer at around 1:00 and Easy Wind breaks off about 3 minutes before its conclusion. According to DeadBase IX a Me And My Uncle followed Easy Wind; but if so there is no trace of it on circulating tape. This tape is actually from the audience tape whose tapers are apprehended between Sugar Mag and China Cat; it is quite an excellent AUD tape. It was recorded on Sony ECM-22P mics into a Sony 770 1/4-track reel recorder at 7.5 ips by the same night crew that did the El Monte '70 tapes, the Hollywood Palladium 8/71 AUDs, 7/1/73 -- who was that Masked Man?

The other tape in circulation is a pre-broadcast SBD from KQED-TV; it picks up with Big Railroad Blues. In the pause before Dire Wolf they Tease Cryptical repeatedly. The Other One goes directly into Black Peter, entirely eliding the Cryptical Envelopment Reprise and Jam. In the interval between Sugar Mag and China Cat a taper in the audience is busted, with Phil directing a spotlight upon him. In the background of the China Cat > Rider that follows, but definitely on mic, there is a lady screaming out of control -- she sounds very dosed, spun out hard, and at the moment not really having that much fun. She screws up the recording of China Cat > Rider pretty good and continues some in the pause that follows, where there's also a woman on mic looking for her cape -- plainly things were a little out of control backstage; perhaps there was a mic live that shouldn't have been somewhere backstage or in the wings.

The show-concluding Good Lovin' > Uncle John's Band that follows is an alltime classic. It used to circulate as Side B of a cassette whose Side A contained the last 45 minutes of Fillmore West 6/7/69, with the concluding Lovelight with Janis breaking off before the end, and sometimes this Good Lovin' > Uncle John was erroneously labeled "6/7/69" (nearly 6 months before the tune's premier!). Where versions of Good Lovin' earlier in the year have a passage of Drums, here the drummers move to the foreground and Jerry and Phil take turns discreetly Jamming with them for about 4 minutes before the whole band resumes Jamming at full blast. And like the Good Lovin's of 11/29/70 and 12/28/70, this one anticipates the Pigpen rap arrangement of spring '71.

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12/31/70 WInterland Arena, San Francisco Ca - xcerpt
4.8, 045min, Sbd, A1D0, Reel M->Cass 1->Dat 0, 48k,
7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk->Tascam 122mkIII Cass 1st Gen->3800 x 0

After the end of the Dead's set, Weir and Hot Tuna came out and played a short Jam session. Will Scarlet is said to be the harmonica player. Tunes played are Johnny B. Goode, Around And Around, Rock Me Baby, Not Fade Away, and I Know You Rider (in Jorma's arrangement). There is a SBD cassette side in circulation. The performances are not very exciting.
Recordings 24 AF 90 SB
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk
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