Breakfast Blend: Johnny B. Goode

I was listening to the Pink Fairies today and thought I heard a piece of the Dead in their version of Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode. So, I found a live dead version from Winterland in 1978. Here it is.

What I like about the Fairies is they respect the structure of Berry’s song, but they twist it into something a little faster, a little more grand, without losing the rock. The sound here sucks, but as much as I cherish my memory of the Dead playing this classic, I’m loving this contemporaneous mess from the Pink Fairies. And this was 1971, when analog reigned. On the stream I was getting today from Google Music the sound had been cleaned up considerably.

Of course, Chuck Berry’s version is the best.

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