I kind of wish that One More Saturday Night maintained the same level of energy and grit throughout the Grateful Dead’s career as it received on this evening in Austin, Texas.
It’s a rip-roaring good time and it sounds like the band is going to self-destruct if they don’t get the energy out. I know that One More Saturday Night was new to the repertoire in late 1971 but I didn’t realize how new apparently. It debuted on the first night of the tour in Minneapolis (10/19/71) along with several other tunes, and this was the 15th performance. That may help explain some of the explosive energy as well. It’s similar to the zeal with which a kid plays with a new toy. This also reminds me why I’ve developed such an affinity for 1971. There’s just something about the bar-band Dead that really does it for me.
It’s hard not to have a good time listening to this song and it’s equally fun to play. I tend to have a bit of trouble with the precise timing of the walk-ups but haven’t woodshedded the song in years. Perhaps it’s time to do just that. It’s not terribly complex, as it’s based on a basic blues template, but the timing of the walk-ups are probably the hardest part to nail in the song.