It Hurts Me Too / Beat It On Down The Line (Hidden Track) both tracks with guest performer, Duane Allman on slide guitar
4/26/71 Fillmore East, New York, NY
Inviting guest performers to play with the Grateful Dead was always a crap shoot. Once in a while the gamble paid off and on a few very rare occasions there was magic. One fine example is the Dead’s collaborations with the Allman Brothers. For a great discussion on this pairing see http://deadessays.blogspot.
Today’s selection and hidden track feature the late Duane Allman lending his soulful slide guitar to a pair of classic cover songs during the Dead’s historic final stand at the Fillmore East in New York City. These tracks are outtakes from the Grateful Dead’s official release, Ladies And Gentlemen, The Grateful Dead. I suppose the powers-that-be could not work out a suitable arrangement that would have enabled these tracks to appear on what is otherwise an outstanding document of that four-night run.
The folks over at Wolfgang’s Vault did a nice write-up of this so I will defer to them:
The next tune is a cover of Elmore James’, ‘It Hurts Me Too.’ This is a classic performance and here Duane is in his element, wailing the blues. Everything jells here and the combination of Pigpen’s bluesy vocal and harp delivery, combined with Allman and Garcia both playing slide guitar, is irresistible. Allman also adds his distinctive signature and a sense of wild abandon to “Beat It On Down The Line,” an electrified jugband tune from the Dead’s 1967 debut album. It’s a shame they didn’t get the chance to stretch out and seriously improvise while Allman was onstage, but what is here is highly enjoyable and documents this historic meeting.
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