Saturday, April 18, 2020

Going Down the Road Feeling Bad, The Grateful Dead, Fillmore East, 19710428

"Going Down the Road Feeling Bad" from 28 April 1971 at the Fillmore East (released as "Ladies and Gentlemen... the Grateful Dead") shows how The Grateful Dead fit all the parts together in live performances, especially in the "chilly winds" verse (about 3:05 in), with sinuous rhythm-guitar from Bob Weir, surprising bass arpeggios from Phil Lesh, driving drum fills from Bill Kreutzmann, and swirling organ from "former member of The Grateful Dead" Tom Constanten, who was sitting in that night. Jerry Garcia shines quietly as he closes it out with a subtle reading of the melody of "And We Bid You Goodnight" before the band powers back into "Not Fade Away". (Andrew Shields, #111words, 18 April)

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