Grateful Dead Unseals Three From The Vault

From the Better Late Than Never department comes the news that the Grateful Dead will finally be releasing Three From The Vault. In typical stoner fashion, Three From The Vault comes nearly 15 years after the release of Two From The Vault. Three From The Vault, the Dead’s second release on Rhino, will feature music from February 19th, 1971 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY.

2/19/71 is the first show the Grateful Dead played after Mickey Hart left the band, and I personally prefer the Dead with one drummer. The music from late ’71 until Hart’s return in ’74 is much more loose and free-flowing with Billy Kreutzman leading the charge by his lonesome. Highlights from Three From The Vault include a nasty Easy Wind and the first-ever Bird Song. Members of the audience at this show participated in a kooky experiment called ESP and the Dream. Craisins.

What will be interesting to see is how good this show will sound. We don’t know how you can improve upon the quality of the crispy betty board that circulates both among tapers and on the Live Music Archive. Three From The Vault hits stores on June 26th — look for Four From The Vault in 2023.

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6 Responses

  1. This show is hotter than a half-fucked fox in a forest fire. Can’t go wrong with that Cumberland…Phil drops all kinds of bombs at the start of that one. And don’t get me started on Greatest Story — a sicky sicky version if ever there was one. Starts out so raw, Bobby sings about the bar car in the first stanza, no?

  2. Nice to see Rhino get off their ass and do something now that they own all the rights to everythng Grateful Dead. I stopped buying stuff when these guys took over – it’s not about supporting the band any more cause the guys cashed out. I’m back to burning and trading now. Can’t wait to rip a copy of this one.

  3. Are you kidding? 2-19-71? There is MUCH better stuff to release than this. I have a nice Betty Board copy I’m fine with. Now we have to wait another year for something else. What a waste…

  4. Who says it’ll be a year before there’s another release? Take a look at the Discography — live releases in the past 3-4 years or so, i believe, have been FEW and far between… compared to when Dicks Picks were getting churned out along with other stuff like Truckin up to Buffalo, Ladies and Gentlemen, Winterland, etc etc.

    I do realize that everything is available one way or another but for some reason to me, it’s nice to see new official releases… but I’d like to see more than 1 every 18 months or so.

  5. Mike is right. The “Ladies and Gentlemen” collection from the Fillmore East 1971 already covered this era of Grateful Dead. Why not something harder to come by?

  6. Hope the artwork and photos are worth the dough, since this beaut is well in my collection, and sounds quite sweet. 30 bucks plus or minus maybe, for another repeat. Good for the folk not on the trading block and hopefully will open some new eyes. I agree on the one drummer, as 1971 thru 1974 is one sweet memory in my banks

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