Grateful Dead – The 1968 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.

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

1968-02-02 – Crystal Ballroom Listen

1968-02-03 – Crystal Ballroom Listen

1968-02-14 – Carousel Ballroom Listen

1968-03-03 – Haight Street 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

1968-06-14 – Fillmore East Listen

1968-06-19 – Carousel Ballroom Listen

1968-08-21 – Fillmore West Listen

1968-08-22 – Fillmore West Listen

1968-08-23 – Shrine Auditorium Listen

1968-08-28 – Avalon Ballroom 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

1968-12-07 – Bellarmine College 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

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