Grateful Dead Shares Remastered ‘Bertha’ From ‘Skull & Roses’ Reissue

By Scott Bernstein Apr 28, 2021 11:34 am PDT

On June 25, Rhino will reissue the Grateful Dead‘s self-titled 1971 live album known as Skull & Roses in honor of the LP’s 50th anniversary. Newly remastered audio of “Bertha” from the forthcoming set has been released.

Skull & Roses features 11 tracks recorded between March 24 – April 29, 1971. The 50th anniversary reissue adds previously unreleased recordings from the band’s July 2, 1971 concert at Fillmore West in San Francisco. Skull & Roses is due on vinyl, CD and digitally as both downloads and through streaming services.

“Kicking off Skull & Roses, Bertha is the first official recording of a Garcia-Hunter song since the remarkably strong batch of 1970’s double bill of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, and it certainly keeps up the A-level songwriting from the previous year’s magnificent output,” GD archivist David Lemieux, who produced the set, wrote. “Bertha remained an important part of the Dead’s live repertoire, played consistently from 1971 to 1995, a testament to both how much the band loved playing it, and how much Dead Heads loved hearing it.”

“Bertha” was recorded on April 27, 1971 at Fillmore East in New York City. The show is best known for The Beach Boys' guest appearance with the Grateful Dead.

Stream “Bertha” from the 50th anniversary reissue of Skull & Roses below:

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