Grateful Dead – Listen To The River: St. Louis ’71 ’72 ’73 (2021)

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The seven shows in the collection span slightly less than two years, but they represent some of the best shows the Grateful Dead played during some of its peak tours. The music tells the story of a band evolving, changing from one sound to another seamlessly, precipitated – in large part – by significant personnel changes in the Dead’s lineup.

The two 1971 shows feature the original Grateful Dead lineup plus newcomer Keith Godchaux on piano. This version of the band would hold together for the next six months as the Dead embarked upon its Europe ’72 tour. By the time the Dead returned to the Fox Theatre less than a year later, they were without Pigpen, who’d played his final show with the Dead at the Hollywood Bowl on June 17, 1972. A year after the exceptional Fox 1972 shows, the Dead came back to St. Louis, but played the much larger Kiel Auditorium, touring behind the release of WAKE OF THE FLOOD, which came out just two weeks before.

All told, the band played 60 different songs during these shows highlighted by blazing romps through “Beat It On Down The Line” and “One More Saturday Night” and wistful takes on “Row Jimmy” and “Brokedown Palace” (whose lyrics give the collection its name). Meanwhile, the copious jamming ebbed and flowed like the mighty Mississippi River on multiple voyages through “The Other One” and “Dark Star.” Naturally, the band paid tribute to one of its favorite rock and rollers and one of St. Louis’ biggest stars by playing Chuck Berry songs at every show in the collection, including Pigpen galloping through “Run Rudolph Run.”

Each show has been restored and speed corrected using Plangent Processes with mastering by Jeffrey Norman. The collection comes in a slipcase with artwork by Liane Plant and features an 84-page hardbound book as well as other Dead surprises. To set the stage for the music, the liner notes provide several essays about the shows, including one by Sam Cutler, the band’s tour manager during that era, and another by Grateful Dead scholar Nicholas G. Meriwether, among others.

Show 1 – Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO – December 09, 1971
1. Truckin’ (12:47)
2. Brown-Eyed Women (4:53)
3. Mr. Charlie (4:13)
4. Jack Straw (5:20)
5. Sugaree (7:51)
6. Beat It on Down the Line (3:54)
7. It Hurts Me Too (6:25)
8. Tennessee Jed (7:28)
9. El Paso (5:13)
10. Run Rudolph Run (3:56)
11. Black Peter (9:27)
12. Playing in the Band (6:53)
13. Casey Jones (5:50)
14. One More Saturday Night (4:33)
15. Ramble on Rose (8:05)
16. Mexicali Blues (3:33)
17. Big Boss Man (5:39)
18. Sugar Magnolia (7:29)
19. Not Fade Away (4:47)
20. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad (6:29)
21. Not Fade Away (3:59)

Show 2 – Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO – December 10, 1971
1. Bertha (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (6:32)
1. Good Lovin’ (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (22:12)
1. Truckin’ (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (8:25)
2. Brokedown Palace (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (6:06)
2. Drums (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (3:21)
2. Me And My Uncle (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (3:48)
3. Mr. Charlie (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (4:25)
3. Playing in the Band (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (6:57)
3. The Other One (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (13:13)
4. Loser (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (7:22)
4. Run Rudolph Run (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (3:39)
4. Sitting on Top of the World (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (3:10)
5. Beat It On Down The Line (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (3:49)
5. Deal (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (5:50)
5. The Other One, Pt. 2 (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (6:02)
6. Not Fade Away, Pt. 1 (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (5:58)
6. Sugar Magnolia (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (7:54)
6. Sugaree (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (8:49)
7. Comes a Time (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (8:15)
7. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (6:13)
7. Jack Straw (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (5:30)
8. Next Time You See Me (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (4:37)
8. Not Fade Away, Pt. 2 (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (3:58)
9. One More Saturday Night (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (4:52)
9. Tennessee Jed (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (7:43)
10. El Paso (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (4:56)
11. Big Railroad Blues (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (4:12)
12. Casey Jones (Live at the Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71) (5:42)

Show 3 – Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO – October 17, 1972
1. Promised Land (4:09)
2. Bird Song (14:59)
3. El Paso (5:03)
4. Sugaree (8:47)
5. Me and My Uncle (3:28)
6. Tennessee Jed (8:24)
7. Big River (5:13)
8. China Cat Sunflower (7:06)
9. I Know You Rider (6:01)
10. Black-Throated Wind (7:07)
11. Deal (5:11)
12. Cumberland Blues (6:20)
13. Playing in the Band (23:25)
14. Casey Jones (6:56)
15. Greatest Story Ever Told (5:38)
16. Don’t Ease Me In (4:43)
17. Mexicali Blues (3:43)
18. Black Peter (10:07)
19. Me and Bobby McGee (6:24)
20. Bertha (7:08)
21. Jack Straw (5:05)
22. Friend of the Devil (5:15)
23. Beat It on Down the Line (3:30)
24. Ramble on Rose (7:32)
25. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (9:16)
26. Sugar Magnolia (8:50)
27. Not Fade Away (4:36)
28. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad (10:30)
29. Not Fade Away (3:31)
30. Uncle John’s Band (8:10)
31. Johnny B. Goode (4:18)

Show 4 – Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO – October 18, 1972
1. Bertha (6:52)
2. Me and My Uncle (4:04)
3. Don’t Ease Me In (4:00)
4. Mexicali Blues (3:52)
5. Brown─Eyed Women (5:25)
6. Beat It on Down the Line (3:26)
7. Bird Song (13:06)
8. Big River (4:53)
9. Loser (6:49)
10. Jack Straw (5:16)
11. Big Railroad Blues (5:07)
12. El Paso (5:03)
13. China Cat Sunflower (6:04)
14. I Know You Rider (5:07)
15. Playing in the Band (16:16)
16. Drums (2:49)
17. Dark Star (28:25)
18. Morning Dew (11:06)
19. Playing in the Band (5:54)
20. Deal (4:49)
21. Promised Land (3:59)
22. Brokedown Palace (6:59)
23. One More Saturday Night (4:38)
24. Casey Jones (7:08)

Show 5 – Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO – October 19, 1972
1. Promised Land (4:01)
2. Tennessee Jed (9:08)
3. Jack Straw (5:29)
4. Don’t Ease Me In (3:37)
5. Black-Throated Wind (6:56)
6. Sugaree (8:14)
7. Mexicali Blues (3:57)
8. Bertha (6:25)
9. El Paso (4:46)
10. China Cat Sunflower (6:33)
11. I Know You Rider (5:54)
12. Beat It on Down the Line (3:45)
13. Dire Wolf (4:42)
14. Around and Around (5:14)
15. Casey Jones (7:19)
16. Big River (5:18)
17. Friend of the Devil (4:10)
18. Me and My Uncle (3:51)
19. Bird Song (13:27)
20. Truckin’ (9:45)
21. Drums (2:19)
22. The Other One (16:24)
23. He’s Gone (11:03)
24. The Other One (2:07)
25. Greatest Story Ever Told (5:42)
26. Comes a Time (7:54)
27. Not Fade Away (5:23)
28. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad (8:56)
29. Not Fade Away (4:04)

Show 6 – Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO – October 29, 1973
1. Cold Rain and Snow (6:20)
2. Beat It on Down the Line (3:51)
3. Brown-Eyed Women (5:09)
4. Mexicali Blues (4:05)
5. Don’t Ease Me In (3:57)
6. Black-Throated Wind (7:20)
7. Tennessee Jed (8:18)
8. The Race Is On (3:42)
9. Row Jimmy (9:36)
10. El Paso (4:49)
11. Eyes of the World (15:18)
12. China Doll (5:54)
13. Around and Around (5:21)
14. Promised Land (3:17)
15. Bertha (6:03)
16. Greatest Story Ever Told (5:46)
17. Loser (7:12)
18. Big River (5:44)
19. Brokedown Palace (6:49)
20. Truckin’ (17:54)
21. Drums (2:25)
22. The Other One (22:13)
23. Wharf Rat (11:14)
24. Sugar Magnolia (10:07)
25. Casey Jones (6:55)

Show 7 – Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO – October 30, 1973
1. Here Comes Sunshine (12:29)
2. Me and My Uncle (3:28)
3. Ramble on Rose (6:52)
4. Looks Like Rain (8:03)
5. Deal (5:16)
6. Mexicali Blues (3:42)
7. They Love Each Other (6:01)
8. El Paso (4:54)
9. Row Jimmy (10:18)
10. Jack Straw (5:22)
11. China Cat Sunflower (8:47)
12. I Know You Rider (6:09)
13. Playing in the Band (20:21)
14. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (8:38)
15. Big River (5:41)
16. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad (8:20)
17. Johnny B. Goode (4:39)
18. One More Saturday Night (5:18)
19. Dark Star (27:04)
20. Stella Blue (7:52)
21. Eyes of the World (17:37)
22. Weather Report Suite (16:16)

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