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Grateful Dead 04/28/71
Fillmore East, New York, NY
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Source Summary Complete; Previous splices patched with 'official release' material; See info file for details; Truckin'through Bird Song 02:07.38: MSR>Reel>Alesis Masterlink>CDR; Bird Song 02:08.70 through end of show: MSR 7 inch (7.5 ips) Revox A 77> Alesis Masterlink> CDR (previous splices patched via multi- track sources as noted below); Seeded to etree by Seth D Kaplan and Alan J Fink  
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Grateful Dead
Fillmore East
New York, NY
Three Discs

Truckin'through Bird Song 02:07.38: MSR>Reel>Alesis Masterlink>CDR Bird Song 02:08.70 through end of show: MSR 7 inch(7.5 ips)Revox A 77>Alesis Masterlink>CDR (previous splices patched via multi- track sources as noted below)

Disc 1

---- Set 1 ----
1. Truckin'                 [13:54]
2. Beat It On Down The Line  [3:57]
3. Loser                     [8:08]
4. El Paso                   [6:52]
5. The Rub                   [5:22]
6. Bird Song**               [9:49]

    Total disc time:         [48:03]

Disc 2
(Requires an 80 minute disc)

---- Set 1 (Continued) ----
1. Playing in the Band       [7:07]
2. Cumberland Blues          [7:01]
3. Ripple                    [6:11]
4. Me and Bobby McGee        [8:21]
5. King Bee                  [8:42]
6. Bertha //                 [5:10]
7. Tuning                    [2:34]  
---- Set 2 ----
8. Morning Dew              [12:43]
9. Me & My Uncle             [3:56]
10. Deal                      [5:29]
11. Hard to Handle           [10:03]

    Total disc time:         [77:20]

Disc 3
(Requires an 80 minute disc)

---- Set 2 (Continued) ----
1. Cryptical Envelopment >   [4:12]
2. Drums >                   [5:00]
3. The Other One* >         [12:52]
4. Wharf Rat**              [09:28]
5. Sugar Magnolia           [12:34]
6. Dark Star*** >           [14:06]
7. St. Stephen*** >          [6:24]
8. Not Fade Away*** >        [3:34]
9. Goin' Down The Road
    Feelin' Bad*** >          [6:30]
10. Not Fade Away***          [3:32]

    Total disc time:         [78:12]

(Extraction and.shn encoding by Seth Kaplan via EAC and MKW.
Accurate extraction and properly aligned sector boundaries
verified via EAC and .shntool)

  * patched w/Skull & Roses
** patched w/LAGTGD
*** with Tom Constanten

Truckin'  - 0:19 -/splice > Bill Graham's intro before Truckin'
Bird Song - 0:01.32 splice at source change from initial source to
            remaining source patched from LAGTGD. 0:03.049 MSR tape
            glitch prior to second splice removed and patched
            with additional 02:33.63 from LAGTGD.
Bertha    - cuts at 05:08 - probable reel flip. Cross fade from 04:57-
            05:08 via Cool Edit 2000.
Other One - 08:47.22 (through end) patched from Skull & Roses with
            initial 08:37.22 increased by +4db.
            Cool Edit Quick Filter used to increase frequencies:
            2.9K - 1.5
            7.3K - 4.5
             22K - 7
            Final 00:10 normalised by an average of +3db - +6db via Cool
            Edit 2000 to adjust the initial edited cross fade on the
            original Skull & Roses release as well as cut to remove the
            opening chord of Wharf Rat as heard at the end of the original
            Skull & Roses fadeout which is picked up in the following Wharf
            Rat patch from LAGTGD.      
Wharf Rat - entire track patched from LAGTGD and normalised to 60%. Sub
            second audience segment overlapped from end of 4/29's Minglewood
            preceding Wharf Rat on LAGTGD removed to complete the original
            segue from the Other One > Wharf Rat as heard at the end of the
            original Skull & Roses fadeout.
General   - several miscellaneous pops during tuneups either prior to
            or subsequent to Bird Song, Bertha, Hard to Handle and Cryptical
            Envelopment removed via Cool Edit 2000 click/pop eliminator.

Edits performed by Seth D Kaplan via Cool Edit 2000. 08:37.22 of the Other One
patch edited by Alan J Fink via Cool Edit as described above.

The above edits make this classic show musically complete given the good fortune
of having the long missing portions supplied via the official releases. Many thanks
to the Dead, Bill Gadsden, the tapers, Jim Wise and others for getting just about
all of the great music played during this phenomenal run, out there.

Seth Kaplan July 27,2002  

Bill Gadsden's story of the April '71 Fillmore tapes:

-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- The Story of the Tapes *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-

"Who's the Dead freak?" With that innocuous question the story of these tapes
begins. It was the summer of 1973, between attending 6/10/73 at R.F.K.
Stadium and the Watkins Glen soundcheck. A friend of mine was listening to
Live/Dead at his parent's house. A local cabinetmaker was working at the
house and asked the question. He mentioned that he had a bunch of Dead tapes
from the Fillmore East back at his house. For about a year, three 90 minute
composites of the 4/71 shows had made their way around taping circles in the
Princeton, N.J. area, but not the complete shows.
Within hours, Peter Kafer and I were at the cabinet shop with our reel to
reel decks. What we found when we got there were 11 master reels of the 4/71
shows, along with a host of other 1st and 2nd generation tapes from the
Fillmore East of other bands, but also including 9/20/70. Also there were the
1st generation reels from 11/23/70 at the Anderson Theater.

The 4/26-29/71 master reels were recorded by an individual named Buddy
Miller, a local N. J. area musician. Buddy has become a very well respected,
and recorded, Nashville guitarist. He is currently touring with Emmy Lou
Harris, and can be heard on her current CD, Red Dirt Girl. Buddy was a friend
of the cabinetmaker and, since he travelled a great deal, the tapes resided
at the cabinet shop. Buddy was set up to record these shows by a friend who
was a member of the Fillmore East soundcrew.

These shows were NOT recorded in the same manner as the February '70,the May
15, '70 show, and  the material from the September 18, 19, '70 shows. For the
April '71 shows, a feed was run off the soundboard, which was upstairs in a
balcony box, stageleft. There is a good picture of the soundbooth in Amalie
Rothchild's book, Live at the Fillmore East. The feed went from the
soundboard into a broomcloset nearby, literally a broomcloset. Buddy
remembers a bucket and mop! The feed was mixed down on two little Shure line
mixers and recorded on a middle of the line Sony deck onto BASF 90 minute
reels at 7 1/2 ips. There was also a little consumer Dolby B unit used, which
is why these recordings seem so 'bright'.

We taped everything that summer of 1973 onto BASF reels. The following fall,
Peter took his reels with him to California to begin his freshman year at
U.C., Berkeley. From here he met various West coast tapers such as Bob Menke
and Rob Bertrando, and the tapes began their circulation on the West coast. I
took mine to Trinity College in Connecticut and began to circulate them out

Two years later, we wanted to retape the original masters, since we now had
somewhat better decks and Maxell reel to reel tape had come on the market. We
recopied everything. At this time, Buddy Miller simply gave us many of the
Fillmore and Anderson Theater reels for essentially the cost of blank tape.
His own musical interests had moved on. Of the 4/71 masters, we were given 6
of the 11 reels and Buddy retained the other 5. I've had these reels in my
possession since then.

Why has it taken so long for these reels to enter the digital world?
Basically because I dropped out of the whole tape collecting scene about 1980
due to family, career, etc.

However, two of my old taping buddies, Bernie Tenenbaum and Chris Zingg,
implored me to get my reels digitized before the analog reels degraded.
Fortunately they had been safely stored in cardboard boxes, away from heat
and light, in the back of a closet. I knew nothing of the digital world,
didn't have a DAT or CD machine, had no idea what a tree or a 'B and P' was,
and was absolutely amazed at how big the community of collectors had become.
When I effectively left it at the end of the '70s, it was really only a
handful of people.

This past Spring I reconnected with Buddy Miller for the first time in over
20 years. He actually was able to dig up 2 of the 5 original BASF masters
that he had hung onto, and mailed them up to me. With 8 of the original 11
now in hand, and my complete set of Maxell 1st gen. copies  to fill in the
blanks for the still missing 3 masters, I digitized the shows. The missing
reels, #'s 4, 5, and 6,  run from 4/27 Hard to Handle through the pre-break
portion of Bird Song on 4/28. For this I used the Maxells. Along the way, I
was directed to Jim Wise for advice and assistance in digitizing and getting
the shows out into the community.

I transferred the shows to CD incorporating the New Riders sets, instead of
treating them discreetly. I really believe that the performances should be
considered in their entirety. Back in the '70s when these shows got
circulated, the Riders sets got ignored after awhile, which was a shame. They
are a lot of fun to listen to, and a great warmup for the Dead show to follow.

The reels were played on a Revox A77 and digitized directly onto an Alesis
Masterlink ML9600, sampling at 16 bit, 44.1 k. The Alesis was a wonderful
solution for someone in my position, sitting on a bunch of reels. It removed
the intermediate step of re-recording everything onto DAT. For those who are
curious about the Masterlink, check it out at

One final bit of information that makes this whole 27 year story all the more
fascinating is that these 2 track masters were used for the recent 16 track
release, Ladies and Gentlemen....The Grateful Dead. While the 16 track
recordings had Bill Graham's introduction and his tribute/tirade speech
before In the Midnight Hour on 4/29, it was not nearly as strong and present
as it was on the 2 tracks for some reason.Through an introduction facilitated
by Jim Wise, Jeffrey Norman and David Lemieux asked if I could send out the 2
tracks to be used on the release. With 5 days to go before the production CDs
were due at the printing plant, I FedEx'ed them out and they were used for
those two Bill Graham pieces. A wonderful chapter after all these years.

There has always been a question about 4/25/71. The BASF master labelled #1
begins with Big Boss Man from 4/26. Back in 1973 we saw nothing of any taping
of 4/25's show. I have asked Buddy about it and, after 29 years, he doesn't
believe he recorded it, which would be consistent with 4/26 being #1. Just a
guess: since the record company was there to record the run, our
surrepticious broomcloset tapers just lay low the first night to make sure it
was clear to try to tape. I know there has been a high-gen fragment of 4/25
that has circulated for years that supposedly came from cassette masters that
were also made of these shows. While anything is possible, if this were true
one would have to wonder why no material from cassette has ever surfaced of
any of the other 4 nights. The mystery remains, but one day I am gonna have
to put this mystery to rest.

I hope everyone enjoys these new and improved versions of the 4/71 Fillmore
East shows.  They have always been the heart of my Dead collection and many
others as well, I suspect.

Bill Gadsden

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MSR > (Reel post-Bird Song)... (2) MR> R> CDR and MR> CDR;... (1) MR>R>CDR and MR>CDR with... (4) flac24; SBD MR>R@ 7... (0) flac16; Recording... (0) flac24; Recording... (0) flac16; Lineage:MR@... (2) flac24; Lineage:MR@... (0) flac16; Lineage:MR@... (0)
Date User Comment
08/12/2002 Mr.Marmar Wouldn't this be considered a violation of the band's taping policies? Using the released material can't be good...especially when they say once they release it we can't use the released souce....?
08/12/2002 Jon Pavuk The did not use the entire show. "Ladies and Gentleman" is a compilation of all 5 nights from the Fillmore East.
(4/25-29/71) It is really unclear if you can still trade a show that only has bits and pieces released. Any help?
08/12/2002 Tom Anderson Actually, it is not unclear and this is OK to trade. See
08/13/2002 Diana Hamilton Two issues raised above: 1) Yes, you can trade a different recording of a show whether or not a commercial version has been released (see url Tom gave). You could trade these reels. 2) The well-intentioned action here was to just patch the existing noncommercial reels with bits. In contrast, a "shady intent" case (say "patching" a whole DP with other bits and circulating it) would be a cause for more concern and outcry.
06/30/2009 cryptical17 A "Lovelight" at the end of this show would have been great. I don't know why the Dead decided to end it on Not Fade Away. One of my biggest gripes about 1971 shows.