Three from the Vault

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Three from the Vault
Grateful Dead - Three from the Vault.jpg
Live album by Grateful Dead
Released June 26, 2007
Recorded February 19, 1971
Genre Rock, country rock, psychedelic rock, jam
Length 142:42
Label Rhino
Producer Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead chronology
Live at the Cow Palace
(2007)Live at the Cow Palace2007
Three from the Vault
Road Trips Volume 1 Number 1
(2007)Road Trips Volume 1 Number 12007
Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz(not rated) [1]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [2] rated) [3]
The Music Box3.5/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [5]
Starpulse(not rated) [6]

Three from the Vault is a live album by the Grateful Dead. It contains the complete show recorded on February 19, 1971 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York. It was released on June 26, 2007.[7][8][9]

The Capitol Theatre show[edit]

The February 19, 1971 Port Chester concert marked the beginning of Mickey Hart's temporary departure from the band. The previous night's show would be his last with the Grateful Dead until his return on October 20, 1974. The February 19 concert included the first live performances of the songs "Bird Song" and "Deal", and the second performances of "Loser", "Bertha", "Playing in the Band", "Greatest Story Ever Told", and "Wharf Rat". The concert, which was on a Friday night, was the second of a series of six shows in seven days at the Capitol Theatre.[10]

The opening act for this series of concerts, and for many other shows of that era, was the New Riders of the Purple Sage. At that time the lineup of the New Riders featured Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead playing pedal steel guitar. The band also included John Dawson, David Nelson, Dave Torbert, and Spencer Dryden. Songs that they recorded at the February 21 and February 23, 1971 shows at the Capitol Theatre were released as an album called Vintage NRPS.

Other live Grateful Dead albums recorded in early to mid 1971 with the same band membership as on Three from the Vault are Skull and Roses, Ladies and Gentlemen... the Grateful Dead, Dick's Picks Volume 35, and Road Trips Volume 1 Number 3.

Track listing[edit]

Disc One[edit]

  1. Two Ditties: "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" (Friend, Franklin), "Spring Song" (Mendelssohn) — 1:19
  2. "Truckin'" (Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Hunter) — 8:09
  3. "Loser" (Garcia, Hunter) — 6:23
  4. "Cumberland Blues" (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter) — 4:58
  5. "It Hurts Me Too" (Elmore James, Tampa Red) — 6:10
  6. "Bertha" (Garcia, Hunter) — 5:21
  7. "Playing in the Band" (Weir, Hart, Hunter) — 5:14
  8. "Dark Hollow" (Bill Browning) — 3:15
  9. "Smokestack Lightning" (Howlin' Wolf) — 14:42
  10. "China Cat Sunflower" > (Garcia, Hunter) — 3:24
  11. "I Know You Rider" (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) — 7:02

Disc Two[edit]

  1. "Greatest Story Ever Told" > (Weir, Hunter) — 4:22
  2. "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) — 3:26
  3. "Bird Song" (Garcia, Hunter) — 7:04
  4. "Easy Wind" (Hunter) — 8:17
  5. "Deal" (Garcia, Hunter) — 4:22
  6. "Cryptical Envelopment" > (Garcia) "Drums" > (Kreutzmann) "The Other One" > (Weir) — 16:09
  7. "Wharf Rat" (Garcia, Hunter) — 9:08
  8. "Good Lovin'" (Artie Resnick, Rudy Clark) — 18:43
  9. "Casey Jones" (Garcia, Hunter) — 5:00


Grateful Dead[edit]


  • Produced by Grateful Dead
  • Recorded by Bob Matthews & Betty Cantor
  • Mixed by Dan Healy
  • Engineered by Jeffrey Norman & Don Pearson
  • Mastering by Joe Gastwirt at Joe's Mastering Joint
  • Tape Archivist: Dick Latvala
  • Cover & Package Design: Steve Vance
  • Photos by Fred Ordower (live), Bob Seidemann


Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
2007 The Billboard 200 112[11]


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  2. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff. Three from the Vault at AllMusic
  3. ^ Ray, Randy (June 25, 2007). Three from the Vault,
  4. ^ Metzger, John (August 2007). Three from the Vault, The Music Box
  5. ^ Fricke, David (August 23, 2007). Three from the Vault, Rolling Stone
  6. ^ Three from the Vault, Starpulse, July 4, 2007
  7. ^ Three from the Vault at the Grateful Dead Family Discography
  8. ^ Greenhaus, Mike (May 16, 2007). Three from the Vault, Relix
  9. ^ Three from the Vault at
  10. ^ Scott, John W; Dolgushkin, Mike; Nixon, Stu. (1999). DeadBase XI: The Complete Guide to Grateful Dead Song Lists, DeadBase, ISBN 1-877657-22-0, pp. 19, 565.
  11. ^ Three from the Vault, Billboard