This is only the third Good Lovin’ the band had played since the Europe 72 tour, which was Pigpen’s last hurrah. But clearly it was a sign of things to come as Bobby took over the vocal duties for this number.
I haven’t done extensive research on Good Lovin’ to know when they debuted their new arrangement, but I suspect it was in late 1977 at the earliest or sometime in 1978. I’m sure someone out there will be able to provide an accurate date for this transition. But when you think about it this arrangement of Good Lovin’ (notably the intro) was nearing the end of it’s life cycle by this point, even if no one had any conception of that at this particular show.
I do have to wonder about the newer arrangement though. Was it an attempt to breathe new life into an old song? An attempt to distance the song from the association with Pigpen? An attempt to “modernize” a classic? I’m not saying that I dislike the arrangement or even that I prefer on to another, I don’t. I just find it interesting that the song got reworked when it did.
It’s also interesting to note that Weir seemed to be much more willing to change the arrangement (or even the lyrics, see Black-Throated Wind) of one of his songs more so than Jerry. Or am I way off base here? Of course, I don’t consider tempo changes be new arrangements, necessarily.
Nevertheless, as far as Grateful Dead Good Lovin’ goes, this one’s a winner.
Complete Setlist 12/31/76
Previous Good Lovin’ DFAY Selections
[AMAZONPRODUCTS asin=”B00MHS5OHM” features=”0″ locale=”com” listprice=”0″]