It's a Beautiful Day

Last Flight: The Closing of the Fillmore West July 1, 1971

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Dominated by songs from their first three albums, this is a very good-sounding bootleg of a lengthy It's a Beautiful Day live set from the final days of the Fillmore West in San Francisco. There's also little overlap between the nine songs here and the tunes performed on their official 1972 concert release, Live at Carnegie Hall, though it does have the one number most associated with the band, "White Bird." The sound might be one or two percent below the standard associated with most official live releases, but really there's no reason why this couldn't be unleashed on the official marketplace by some adventurous soul. The band perform well, with somewhat more raucous energy than was evident on most of their early studio tracks. They take "White Bird," for example, at a much faster pace with a generally rockier attack, and while it's not as good as the more famous delicate studio arrangement, at least it's substantially different than the one listeners are accustomed to hearing. The live setting also gives them a chance to stretch out in the improvised manner expected of San Francisco hippie bands -- the final track lasting a good 18 minutes -- and on a few songs, a more country-rock side of the group comes through than was sometimes evident on their records.