Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Limited Edition Vinyl Coming For Record Store Day’s Black Friday Event

Rhino Readies Grateful Dead Double-LP Winterland 1971

Available November 23 At Select Independent Retailers

The Grateful Dead made Winterland its home for years until 1978, when the band closed Bill Graham’s legendary venue for good with a spectacular New Year’s Eve blow out. The friendly confines of the former ice-skating rink always seemed to bring out something special in the band. That’s certainly true of the group’s May 30, 1971 performance, which was the second night of a homestand during the era later immortalized on the 1971 live collection Skull and Roses.

For Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 23, and Rhino will release a portion of that show (all that the band has in their vault) for the first time, offering it on 180-gram vinyl as a limited edition double-LP set of 7500 copies. WINTERLAND 5/30/71 will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers for a suggested price of $34.98. Visit for a list of participating stores.

Sourced from the original reels of ¼” tape, the music was mastered by Jeffrey Norman and the vinyl lacquers were cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and then pressed at RTI. Grammy®-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike evokes the Skull and Roses album cover for this set’s gorgeous gatefold.

It’s over one hour of Dead classics that covers nearly the entire second set, which was packed with crowd pleasers like “Sugar Magnolia,” “Truckin’” and “Deal.” One entire LP side is dedicated exclusively to “Turn On Your Lovelight,” a 15-minute-plus romp led by singer/organist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. For its encore, the band – Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and McKernan – capped the evening off with raucous “Johnny B. Goode.”

Side One
1. “Sugar Magnolia”
2. “Cumberland Blues”
3. “Big Boss Man”

Side Two
1. “Me And My Uncle”
2. “Deal”
3. “Truckin’”

Side Three
1. “Turn On Your Lovelight”

Side Four
2. “Uncle John’s Band”
3. “Casey Jones”
4. “Johnny B. Goode”


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Oswald55's picture
Joined: Mar 23 2010
Glad to hear you were able to

Glad to hear you were able to snag one. The stores by me were all sold out.

segan63's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2010
Limited copies

I got up to go to my neighborhood Newbury Comics at 3AM to get this limited release. This store only had two copies. I was able to wrestle one copy away from someone else trying to buy two...Haven't listened yet. I'm wondering if I should just leave it in the wrapper...

HenryLee's picture
Joined: Nov 4 2012
Well Alright!!

Add it to the collection, gonna be nice.

peetstr50's picture
Joined: Jun 25 2009
Re: 30May71 - But What About the Infamous 29 May 1971 Show?

This 2-LP release looks like it has the second set for 30 May 1971 with the exception of the China/Rider opening. But the million-shekel question I have is: Does the vault have the infamous $2 'acid punch' show from 29 May 1971? My late brother-in-law, who worked for Bill Graham and later FM productions told me that Uncle Bobo was NOT a happy camper about what happened during the show on the 29th lol
The Winterland concert on 29 May 1971 was one big, long set. A reschedule of concert dates was done. And apparently there was a show booked for the 31st but did not happen.

The Weve's picture
Joined: Feb 16 2010
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Joined: May 4 2012
Too bad that half of these will never be opened...

The Dark Star 12" release was the biggest pain to get ahold of on RSD, with people just buying them to flip on ebay like they were Beanie Babies. I waited in lines, drove around for hours, and came up empty handed. Oddly enough, a few days later I went back into the first store I checked and one copy had randomly appeared! Thank god I didn't have to pay $50 to a record scalper.

I appreciate a good vinyl release but have become cynical about this "holiday" after only a few years. $80 for a repress of a Fleetwood Mac album that sold millions of copies and goes for 25 cents at every yard sale in America? Oh wait, this version is LIMITED, that's different...

Joined: Jul 15 2008
this sounds like great

this sounds like great stuff...however...
"Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 23. Winterland 5/30/71 consists of a number of as yet unreleased tracks from the Grateful Dead’s May 30, 1971 performance at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco."

so sayeth spin records here in the uk...and note the "as yet unreleased"... whats the betting we have the full set out on CD by april 2013...think i can wait..

mp51's picture
Joined: Sep 19 2007
record store days...

i'd like to commend rhino for participating in RSD. with the demise of the borders and barnes/nobles, etc. in the world, the last few good book stores and record stores are now mostly independent. the big boys tried to squeeze them out, and i'm sure many were squeezed out, but now we have some really good new/used record and book stores out there that are local and independent, and i applaud rhino for supporting them. i think it's cool that they find something unique and dead related to put out there. from what i gather, 5/30/71 isn't anything over the top special, PLUS it's not a complete show, since the entire show doesn't exist in the vault. so it's just something cool they can do to help promote local and independent record stores (which also fits a double lp format). so if you want it, you must go and visit and support your local/ind record store. why's that bad? if they also put it out in other formats, it kind of defeats the purpose, know what i mean? and as someone else said, you can always go to

i think rhino has been doing a pretty good job. i'm not always in agreement with them, but everyone's like that. i buy some, not all. just what i can or like. but i do want to thank them for putting out so much wonderful grateful dead music, and i want to thank them for supporting local record stores.

if you haven't noticed, i love used record stores! (used book stores. too) more than complete shows!!!! i was just in portland for the further shows and my poor friend had to take me to every used record store he knew of. powell's is a pretty cool book store, too!

One Man's picture
Joined: May 17 2011
Spoke Too Soon

This contains what has to be the funniest Lovelight rap I've ever heard, and I've heard a LOT of them. This will forever be known as "The Breakfast Version" in my mind. Besides that there is a great Big Boss Man and the UJB is pretty special, with a guitar solo that brings chills. I stand by what I said earlier about this not rating release back in 1971 but as an artifact in 2012 it is about half great. Pigpen's organ is absent in the mix. The Johnny B. Goode does not exist on

Joined: Aug 27 2008
5/30/71 as a Dave's Pick in 2013?

I wouldn't mind having the complete 5/30/71 show available as a Dave's Pick in 2013 or '14 or in an other series or as a standalone release or as a lossless or mp3 download. Because I rarely use that turntable anymore.


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