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Three From the Vault Print E-mail
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Written by mike greenhaus   
Wednesday, 16 May 2007

After a fifteen year delay, the Grateful Dead will release the final installment in its From the Vault series. The archival recording, Three from the Vault,  captures the group’s February 19, 1971 show at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre. The 20-song performance features the return of the group’s original lineup, which includes Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and Bob Weir, shortly after the start of Mickey Hart’s brief hiatus from the band. The album was mixed, mastered, and originally slated as a follow-up to Two From The Vault, before being put on the back burner and forgotten for a decade and a half. During the more than two hour show, the Dead debut "Bird Song" and "Deal," from Garcia’s then new self-titled solo album, and  offer the second-ever performances of "Loser," "Bertha," "Playing In The Band " and "Wharf Rat." The two-disc set also includes an early version of "Greatest Story Ever Told, still known at the time by its working title, “Pump Song.” The primitive version of the song is missing its "Abraham and Isaac" bridge, offering listening a look at the number’s evolution. Other key tracks include “Casey Jones,” "Truckin'," "China Cat Sunflower," "I Know You Rider, ""Easy Wind" and "That's It For The Other One." The album will be available on June 26.

In other news, the Grateful Dead’s official webpage , www.dead.net, will re-launch later this month. The new site is being modeled after the Grateful Dead Almanac and is expected to offer a variety of interactive components,  including message boards.

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