“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, September 20th, 7-9pm Eastern
Written by Mark Binder on Sunday, September 19, 2021
“EVERYONE is a Deadhead…some of you may not know it yet…”
Fillmore East, New York, NY
September 20, 1970
Source: assembled from various soundboard reels…
from the original source & documented non-vault 2nd gen SBD 7 inch
reels, originally recorded in stealth (quite a feat!!)
The last acoustic set for ten years…
Disc 1 – Set 1:
1. Uncle John’s Band
2. Deep Elem Blues
3. Friend Of The Devil *
4. Big Railroad Blues **
5. Dark Hollow **
6. Ripple **
7. To Lay Me Down***
9. Rosalie McFall**
10. Cumberland Blues
11. New Speedway Boogie
12. Brokedown Palace
Disc 2 – Set 2:
1. Casey Jones
2. China Cat Sunflower >
3. I Know You Rider
5. Sitting On Top Of The World
6. Big Boy Pete
8. Me And My Uncle
9. Easy Wind
10. Sugar Magnolia
11. Attics Of My Life
12. Mama Tried
Disc 3 – Set 2 cont’d.:
1. Not Fade Away>
2. Caution//(Do Not Stop On The Tracks) >
3. Feedback >
4. And We Bid You Goodnight
* David Grisman – mandolin
** David Grisman and David Nelson – mandolins
*** Garcia – piano, David Grisman and David Nelson – mandolins
Reviews from this recording:
REVIEW: “To Lay Me Down” will bring a tear to your eye
I found this note accurate enough to leave a review. This has been one of my favorite performances
ever since I got a hissy copy of this tape lo those many years ago. The playing is superb, and the
Cumberland and New Speedway are epic. However, I digress. This version, from 9/20/70 is simply
stunning, and Jerome’s solemn, longing treatment of the song, and TC’s soft and mournful piano
playing provide the elements making this version simple perfection. Pigpen’s organ playing
sometimes competes with TC’s playing in other shows, but in this case, the complementary nature of
his and TC’s playing cannot be understated. In short, I was fortunate enough to see the last GD
performance of “To Lay Me Down” at Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN, on 6/28/92, which
still stands as one of my personal favorite shows. That said, this 1970 version is just incredible.
David Nelson and David Grisman provide some tremendous, and impeccably subtle, fills to firmly
establish this version as the one that matters most. This entire show is worth your time, anytime.
REVIEW: To Lay Me Down piano?
Who could that be? Sounds like Garcia to me. Listen, there’s no Garcia guitar on this track, there’s a
bit of organ which must be Pig, and TC was long gone by this time. You can hear Weir doing his
thing here and there, and there is another twangy guitar, definitely not Garcia, maybe David Nelson.
Finally, that piano sounds just like the piano on the album version, that Garcia plays.
REVIEW: To Lay Me Down
Long time head and I didn’t even know Garcia played the piano. Crazy
REVIEW: Fillmore East 70′
1970 acoustic/electric Dead = 5 gold stars
Reviews from other recordings:
REVIEW: Fillmore East!!
An epic show that sounds excellent
The acoustic first set is a real treat .set 2 has some gr8 stuff,Not Fade away is definitely a highlight
for me.Thanks to everyone involved with this one.It is much appreciated.
REVIEW: Pure GD…
One of my favorite Grateful Dead shows ever. I remember living in a van on the cliffs of Big Sur
around 1989. There were shooting stars above and the sound of seals and crashing waves coming
from below. The night was warm. I had a hissy tape playing this show on a boombox and my soul
fell right into the “To Lay Me Down.” All was right in my world… This still takes me there. Peace…
Six stars minimum. One of the greatest shows & greatest treatments of a recording ever. Peerless
Dead listening experience.
REVIEW: Mama Tried
Interesting that they played Mama Tried. Jerry’s mother died eight days later (Sept. 28, 1970)
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