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“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, April 8th, 7-9pm Eastern

Written by on Sunday, April 7, 2019

“There is NOTHING like a Grateful Dead Concert!”

Grateful Dead
Boston Music Hall
Boston, Massachusetts

Thursday April 8, 1971
Betty’s 7″ two track reels @ 7 1/2 ips > PCM (Sony L-750ESX-HFB tape)

Thanks to Tim Dalton for the source PCM
Thanks to Charlie Miller for the transfer
Mastered by Scott Clugston

Disc 1 – Set 1:

  1. //Truckin’
  2. Bertha
  3. Next Time You See Me
  4. Playin’ In The Band
  5. Lo//ser
  6. Tuning
  7. Beat It On Down The Line
  8. I Second //That Emotion
  9. Sugar Magnolia
  10. China Cat Sunflower >
  11. I Know You Rider
  12. Tuning
  13. Casey Jones

Disc 2 – Set 2:

  1. Dark //Star >
  2. St. Stephen >
  3. Not Fade Away >
  4. Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad// >
  5. Not Fade Away
  6. Sing Me Back Home
  7. Cumberland Blues
  8. Greatest Story Ever Told >
  9. Johnny B. Goode


  1. Go//od Lovin’

The only reiews from this recording. Beauty is in the ear of the beholder…
Thought I’d listen to a newer version of this & see what I thought. Good show! Not the greatest. First Dark
Star in a while, and so forth.

REVIEW: Excellent Show!
I don’t know what the reviewer above is talking about, “Good show, not the greatest”, !!!! What? This is an
incredible ;show and the Dark Star is just beautiful, I’m not the only one who thinks so cuz Deadbase puts
it as the #14 show of 1971!

From other recordings:
REVIEW: The juiciest!
This struck my ear as the juiciest of the sources currently up. Bertha is SMOKIN, and the bass sounds just
fine to me…in fact the mix seems pretty much perfect (maybe the vocals are a tad back in some cases, but
the guitars are crystal clear — a fine trade-off once in a while as far as I’m concerned) Two enthusiastic
thumbs up!

REVIEW: I love this show
Dark Star through to NFA is brilliant in its melodic composition. A true group effort.
One of the best shows from the greatest era in their history.

REVIEW: Spring 1971 Underappreciated..
The Dark Star>St Stephen>NFA is excellent. Short and sweet Dark Star with great jamming. Not a mind
blower, but solid.Recommended

REVIEW: Killer show, fun listen
I’m not a big fan of 1971 in general (too many roughneck cowboy songs & hardly anything else), with very
few exceptions; this is one of them. Sure, there are problems with it, but WTF, you can’t download it
anyway. Great stream to hear while barbecuing! Sweet Dark Star>Stephen>NFA>GDTRFB, and
everything else is great too.

REVIEW: Another Outstanding April 71 Show
The entire month was blistering and this show is no exception. The recording is gorgeous though the mix
is a little low on the vocals.

REVIEW: Only two Pigpen tunes?
Only two PigPen Tunes the whole night?! Perhaps he wasn’t feeling well?

REVIEW: That’s Ned Lagin on the piano NOT Pigpen
Pigpen’s playing the B3, but the piano here is all Ned Lagin. This is, in fact, the first Dead show he sat in
for in its entirety. (He had played with them previously on “Dark Star” on Nov. 5th and 8th, 1970.) Not
only is the piano playing not at all Pigpen’s style, but Ned and I talked about this show. It was a lysergic

REVIEW: Ned Lagin on Electric Piano?
I believe if you listen carefully (with headphones? Or just real loud) you can unmistakably hear a second
keyboard(electirc piano) even during Pigs Organ forays, and certainly when Pig is NOT playin, as on
Playin…and Ned did sit in with them on some select shows from this period…kinda neat to hear a two key
sound unlike TC or Keith!

REVIEW: Good Stuff
There maybe only 2 Pigpen tunes but that Good Lovin’ is a powerhouse. Aside from that my favourite here
is the NFA>GDTRFB>NFA which is just incredible. A gorgeous but fairly short Dark Star as well.
Outside of that, many of the performances were nothing special by 71 standards, especially the PITB
which didn’t really grab me. Overall a good show though and worth a listen.

REVIEW: 7″ Betty Board……Wow!
For a live recording in 1971:
5 stars = audio quality
5 stars = mix quality
5 stars = performance
5 stars = audio improvement through technology (it’s a new category)
Okay it’s 1971, things hum,and make strange noises from time to time and the mix isn’t 100% perfect, but
hey man it’s the way it was in 1971.

REVIEW: Won’t Forget That Night…
I was at this show and the the one the night before. It was the only Dark Star I ever heard live. The Dead
had just played long shows (5 hours??) in New York City prior to the two nights in Boston. They seemed
tired on April 7 but a bit rested for April 8. I agree that April, 1971 may have been the best months for the
Dead. I went to 3 shows that month and they blew me away.

REVIEW: good stuff!!
china>rider is smokin’!! as is the rest of the show – good rep of 1971

“Today’s Dead Tomorrow”, Upcoming Gig Events
As always, verify with the venue…

Kettle Of Fish:
Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Wed., Apr. 10th, 7:00 p.m.
5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarthasota, 346-5443

Marina Jack’s Patio Bar, Thurs., Apr. 11th, 6:00 p.m.
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, 365-4232

Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub & Grill, Fri., Apr. 12th, 6:00 p.m.
6218 Cortez Rd., Bradenton, 794-2489

The Blue Rooster, Sat., Apr. 13th, 8:00 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539

Stottlelmyer’s Smokehouse, Sun., Apr. 14th, 3:00 p.m.
19 East Rd., Sarasota, 312-5969

Schmitz Brothers Band:
Casey Key Fish House, Sat., Apr. 13th, 4:00 p.m.
801 Blackburn Point Rd., Osprey, 966-1901

Ship Of Fools:
JDub’s Brewing Company, Sat., Apr. 13th, 6:00 p.m.
1215 Mango Ave, Sarasota, 955-2739

J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe, Thurs., Apr. 11th, 6:00 p.m.
987 South Packinghouse Road, Sarasota, 371-9358

The Blue Rooster:
Tues., Apr. 9th, Suitcase Full Of Blues, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 10th, Al Fuller Blues Jam, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 11th, Brenda Watty & Her Peeps, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 12th, Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 13th, Kettle Of Fish, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 14th, Truality gospel brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539

J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe: (new times! Tues., Wed, Thurs., 6 p.m.; Mon, Wed., Sat., 7:00 p.m.)
Mon., Apr. 8th, Open Mic with Rick Alvis, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tues., Apr. 9th, Rick Miller, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 10th, Pedro Y Zooey, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 11th, sToneFish, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 12th, Gracie Maple and The White Crowe Band, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 13th, Fancy Larry & The Plain Jaynes, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
987 South Packinghouse Road, Sarasota, 371-9358

Sarasota Folk Club:
This month’s Sailing Squadron concert is Mon., Apr. 29th, Jefferson Ross
Open mic at 7:15, concert at 8:30

1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy. 388-2355
For all information regarding the Sarasota Folk Club, go to their website: