Grateful Dead – The 1969 Tapes On The Internet Archive   29 comments

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:

Jerry Garcia
Bob Weir
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan
Phil Lesh
Bill Kreutzmann
Mickey Hart
Tom Constanten

In This Series:

____ 1970 1980 1990
____ 1971 1981 1991
____ 1972 1982 1992
____ 1973 1983 1993
____ 1974 1984 1994
____ 1975 1985 1995
1966 1976 1986 ____
1967 1977 1987 ____
1968 1978 1988 ____
1969 1979 1989 ____

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.

I personally like the three night run at the the Boston Tea Party 12-29 through 12-31 and the Avalon first set on 04-05.

1969-01-17 – Civic Auditorium Listen

1969-01-18 – CBS Studios in West Hollywood Listen

1969-01-24 – Avalon Ballroom Listen

1969-01-25 – Avalon Ballroom Listen

1969-01-26 – Avalon Ballroom Listen

1969-02-02 – Labor Temple Listen

1969-02-04 – The Music Box Listen

1969-02-05 – Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium Listen

1969-02-06 – Kiel Auditorium Listen

1969-02-07 – Stanley Theater Listen

1969-02-12 – Fillmore East Listen

1969-02-14 – Electric Factory Listen

1969-02-15 – Eaton’s list reads: Listen

1969-02-21 – Dream Bowl Listen

1969-02-22 – Dream Bowl Listen

1969-02-27 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-02-28 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-03-01 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-03-02 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-03-15 – Hilton Hotel Listen

1969-03-22 – Rose Palace Listen

1969-03-28 – Student Center Listen

1969-03-29 – Ice Palace Listen

1969-04-04 – Avalon Ballroom Listen

1969-04-05 – Avalon Ballroom Listen

1969-04-06 – Avalon Ballroom Listen

1969-04-11 – University Auditorium, University of Arizona Listen

1969-04-12 – Student Union Ballroom, U. Utah Listen

1969-04-13 – Ballroom Listen

1969-04-15 – The Music Box Listen

1969-04-18 – Purdue University Listen

1969-04-20 – Clark University Listen

1969-04-21 – The Ark Listen

1969-04-22 – The Ark Listen

1969-04-23 – The Ark Listen

1969-04-25 – Electric Theater Listen

1969-04-26 – Electric Theater Listen

1969-04-27 – Labor Temple Listen

1969-05-03 – Winterland Arena Listen

1969-05-07 – Polo Field – Golden Gate Park Listen

1969-05-10 – Rose Palace Listen

1969-05-11 – Aztec Bowl, San Diego State U. Listen

1969-05-16 – Campolindo High School Listen

1969-05-23 – Seminole Indian Village Listen

1969-05-24 – Seminole Indian Village Listen

1969-05-29 – Robertson Gym, U.C.S.B. Listen

1969-05-30 – Springer’s Inn Listen

1969-05-31 – McArthur Court, University of Oregon Listen

1969-06-05 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-06-06 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-06-07 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-06-08 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-06-13 – Fresno Convention Center Listen

1969-06-14 – Monterey Performing Arts Center Listen

1969-06-20 – Pacific Recording Studios Listen

1969-06-21 – Fillmore East Listen

1969-06-22 – Central Park Listen

1969-06-27 – Veterans Auditorium Listen

1969-06-28 – Veterans Auditorium Listen

1969-07-03 – Reed’s Ranch Listen

1969-07-04 – Electric Theater Listen

1969-07-05 – Electric Theater Listen

1969-07-07 – Piedmont Park Listen

1969-07-11 – NY State Pavilion, Flushing Meadow Park Listen

1969-07-12 – NY State Pavilion, Flushing Meadow Park Listen

1969-08-02 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1969-08-03 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1969-08-16 – Woodstock Music Listen

1969-08-21 – Aqua Theater Listen

1969-08-23 – Pelletier Farm Listen

1969-08-28 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1969-08-29 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1969-08-30 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1969-09-01 – Baton Rouge International Speedway Listen

1969-09-06 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1969-09-07 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1969-09-11 – The Family Dog at the Great Highway (?) Listen

1969-09-26 – Fillmore East Listen

1969-09-27 – Fillmore East Listen

1969-09-29 – Cafe au Go-Go Listen

1969-09-30 – Cafe au Go-Go Listen

1969-10-24 – Winterland Arena Listen

1969-10-25 – Winterland Arena Listen

1969-10-26 – Winterland Arena Listen

1969-10-31 – San Jose State University Listen

1969-11-01 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1969-11-02 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1969-11-07 – Fillmore Auditorium Listen

1969-11-08 – Fillmore Auditorium Listen

1969-11-15 – Lanai Theater Listen

1969-11-21 – Building A, Cal Expo Listen

1969-12-04 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-12-05 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-12-07 – Fillmore West Listen

1969-12-10 – Thelma Theater Listen

1969-12-11 – Thelma Theater Listen

1969-12-12 – Thelma Theater Listen

1969-12-13 – Swing Auditorium Listen

1969-12-19 – Fillmore Auditorium Listen

1969-12-20 – Fillmore Auditorium Listen

1969-12-21 – Fillmore Auditorium Listen

1969-12-26 – McFarlin Auditorium, SMU Listen

1969-12-28 – International Speedway Listen

1969-12-29 – Boston Tea Party Listen

1969-12-30 – Boston Tea Party Listen

1969-12-31 – Boston Tea Party Listen

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