The Grateful Dead Concert Tapes On The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive’s Grateful Dead is a great collection of concert tapes. There are over 2,000 unique concerts. There are multiple recordings of most concerts. This series attempts to provide a simple interface to this collection by selecting one recording for each concert on a given date. Preference is given to tapes processed by the great Charlie Miller and sound board tapes. Not all shows are well recorded but the there are great moments here. Dig in and enjoy! You didn’t have to be there. Good Luck.
The Grateful Dead: Dark Star Rising (1966 – 1969)
After leaving the Army in 1960 (the story goes that he lost a tank) Jerry Garcia gravitated towards bluegrass (playing banjo in his band Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions
and LSD (1964). Jerry, Pigpen, Phil, Bill and (the under aged) Bob formed the Warlocks in 1965 playing as the ‘house band’ with Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests in San Francisco. Tom joined in 1968 and
was very important to the massive Dark Stars of yore. Owsley Stanley (The Bear) was both chemist and sound man for the Grateful Dead. Between 1965 and 1967, Stanley produced and help distribute more than 1.25 million doses of LSD.
Owsley helped develp the distinctive ‘Steal You Face’ Skull logo for the Dead. Many of the early live recordings of the Grateful Dead where due to Owsley’s efforts and his unique approach to clairity and simplicity in miking allows us to experence much of the early shows ‘as they were.’
In 1968 The Grateful Dead included these members:
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan
In This Series:
Additional details of the Internet Archive Collection and how these lists were generated can be found here.
My blogs on individual Grateful Dead show can be found here.
A list of all soundboard tapes of Dark Star performances on the Internet Archive can be found here.
A list of all soundboard tapes of Scarlet Begonia -> Fire On The Mountain performances on the Internet Archive can be found here.
1968-00-00 – unknown venue Listen
1968-01-17 – Carousel Ballroom Listen
1968-01-20 – Eureka Municipal Auditorium Listen
1968-01-22 – Eagles Auditorium Listen
1968-01-23 – Eagles Auditorium Listen
1968-01-27 – Eagles Auditorium Listen
1968-02-03 – Crystal Ballroom Listen
1968-02-14 – Carousel Ballroom Listen
1968-03-16 – Carousel Ballroom Listen
1968-03-29 – Carousel Ballroom Listen
1968-03-30 – Carousel Ballroom Listen
1968-03-31 – Carousel Ballroom Listen
1968-05-00 – Unknown Listen
1968-05-18 – County Fairgrounds Listen
1968-06-19 – Carousel Ballroom Listen
1968-08-22 – Fillmore West Listen
1968-09-02 – Betty Nelson’s Organic Raspberry Farm Listen
1968-09-20 – Community Theatre Listen
1968-10-08 – The Matrix Club Listen
1968-10-10 – The Matrix Listen
1968-10-12 – Avalon Ballroom Listen
1968-10-13 – Avalon Ballroom Listen
1968-10-20 – Greek Theatre – University of California Listen
1968-10-30 – The Matrix Listen
1968-11-01 – Silver Dollar Fair Listen
1968-11-06 – Pacific High Recording Listen
1968-11-22 – Veterans Hall Listen
1968-12-16 – The Matrix Listen
1968-12-20 – Shrine Exhibition Hall Listen
1968-12-21 – Shrine Exhibition Hall Listen
1968-12-29 – Gulfstream Park Race Track Listen
1968-12-31 – Unknown or Various Listen