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The Grateful Dead at the Fillmore West, June 1970 : New Speedway Boogie   3 comments

This is the second of three blog posts on the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore West, 1969, 1970 and 1971.

Now I don’t know but I been told
in the heat of the sun a man died of cold
Do we keep on coming or stand and wait
with the sun so dark and the hour so late?

What a difference a year makes.  In June, 1969 the Dead preformed a monumental four night run at the Fillmore where they preformed as leader of a tribe of loyal psychedelic followers. Reality hit pretty heavy in 1969:

August 6, 1969 Manson Cult Murders

August 8, 1969 Hippy goes main$tream with Wood$tock  (Dead has equipment troubles and trouble connecting with the mass audience at same)

December 6, 1969 Altamont Speedway Concert/ Murder

December 31, 1969 American  annual combat deaths in Vietnam  reaches  11,616, Total combat deaths for the War reaches 47,000.  Vietnamese death toll is unknown but is thought to approach 1,000,000.

January, 1970 19 members of the Grateful Dead are bust for  illegal possession  after a concert in New Orleans.  Included in the bust was Owsley Stanley (aka The Bear).  This bust effectively ended The Bears involvement with the band as sound engineer and chemist.

May 4, 1970 At Kent State four students are murdered by panicked National Guardsmen during an anti-War protest.  Massive national anti-war protests begin.  (Neil Young writes and CSN&Y record ‘Ohio’ which is in stores in 2 and half weeks after the event).

I don’t know but I been told
if the horse don’t pull you got to carry the load
I don’t know whose back’s that strong
Maybe find out before too long

One way or another
this darkness got to give

Along the way Jerry records what is perhaps his best known mainstream riff – the petal steel guitar intro on Teach Your Children Well on CSN&Y’s mega album Deja vu (probably recorded in November, 1969). The slender  Workingman’s Dead (8 tracks)  was recorded in February, 1970 (released June 14, 1970)

New Speedway Boogie 1970-07-03

The Fillmore shows on June 05 and June 07 are both broken into two parts: separate  acoustic and electric sets.  The June 06 set was all electric.  The June 04 show is captured on two fragmentary recordings, parts of an acoustic set here and parts of the electric closer set here.

The June 05 set features fine versions of Friend of the Devil, Black Peter and New Speedway Boogie.  The electric set has a super smooth version of It’s a Man’s World with Jerry in fine form as the grandson of soul and Pig Pen is well Pig Pen.  Some don’t like the version of Uncle John’s Band here, but compared to some of the live recordings from the 1980’s this is a great Uncle John.  Cryptical Envelopment/Drums/The Other One fails to catch fire and St. Stephen just seems out of place.   All in all a Nice and Professional set,  but it is clearly no longer the summer of love or even the summer of 1969.   The Grateful Dead, like the rest of America’s under thirty set seems to have taken a deep breath and said: “What’s Next?” Or as the kids would say today: WTF.

The June 06 set is stronger and points to the future Dead. China Cat Sunflower and (the much older) I Know You Rider are joined together at last and Jerry packages his guitar work here in a much more traditional Rock context and adds those famous closing barr chords to the the of I Know You Rider that say: Wake Up!  Good Lovin is given a nice frame and the band is there, the song will not  maturity until Bob takes over all the lead singing in 1973.  Not Fade Away makes a short appearance within LoveLight and will become much more Bo Diddily form in the near future.

The June 07 performance still goes on giving after all these years.  A technically near perfectly  performed acoustical set which opens with Don’t Ease Me In (which will become a Dead staple and often a first set closer).  New Rider friends are present on stage for a near clean Friend of the Devil / Cold Jordan / Swing Low Sweet Chariot followed by a great triple play Cumberland Blues / Me and My Uncle / New Speedway Boogie. The second (electric) set includes an amazing sequence of Cryptical Envelopment/ drums/The Other One/jam(1)/drums/jam(2)/Sugar Magnolia!!! (you should listen to these tracks right now)  then the band returns to its R&B roots with a  strong This Is a Man’s World followed a strong but out of sequence Mama Tried. Cosmic Charlie sounds out of place here and Good Lovin returns to close the second set.  [Historical Note: on track 12 an audience member can clearly be heard for the Youth International Party (YIPPIE) haranguing the audience to “get off our fucking asses and act to stop the war right now”. They also seem to attempt to take the stage during The Other One. Also during The Other One you can here some really strange chanting from an audience member around the 3:00 mark til the end of the track. ]

Fillmore West: 1970-06-05

  • 01 08:41 I Know You Rider Listen
  • 02 04:02 Silver Threads & Golden Needles Listen
  • 03 05:11 Friend Of The Devil Listen
  • 04 03:42 Me & My Uncle Listen
  • 05 07:46 Black Peter Listen
  • 06 06:29 New Speedway Boogie% Listen
  • 07 05:13 Cold Rain & Snow Listen
  • 08 04:50 Easy Wind% Listen
  • 09 01:16 Stage Banter Listen
  • 10 02:44 Mama Tried Listen
  • 11 02:52 Cryptical Envelopment–> Listen
  • 12 00:39 Drums–> Listen
  • 13 09:37 The Other One–> Listen
  • 14 09:01 Cryptical Envelopment//–> Listen
  • 15 02:08 Attics Of My Life Listen
  • 16 07:04 Hard To Handle Listen
  • 17 12:52 It’s A Man’s, Man’s World Listen
  • 18 06:41 Uncle John’s Band Listen
  • 19 06:16 St. Stephen–> Listen
  • 20 05:26 Casey Jones ListenConcert Length: 01:26:22Fillmore West: 1970-06-06
  • 01 08:44 Morning Dew Listen
  • 02 03:32 Me And My Uncle Listen
  • 03 04:04 Casey Jones Listen
  • 04 13:14 Dancing In The Street Listen
  • 05 03:57 Next Time You See Me Listen
  • 06 05:13 China Cat Sunflower -> Listen
  • 07 04:51 I Know You Rider Listen
  • 08 02:10 Good Lovin’ -> Listen
  • 09 03:56 Drums -> Listen
  • 10 03:16 New Orleans -> Listen
  • 11 03:14 Good Lovin’ Listen
  • 12 06:40 Attics Of My Life Listen
  • 13 03:54 Dire Wolf -> Listen
  • 14 03:55 Alligator -> Listen
  • 15 05:44 Drums -> Listen
  • 16 14:47 Jam -> Listen
  • 17 24:13 Turn On Your Lovelight -> Listen
  • 18 04:17 Not Fade Away -> Listen
  • 19 10:21 Turn On Your Lovelight Listen
  • 20 06:34 Uncle John’s Band ListenConcert Length: 02:08:36Fillmore West: 1970-06-07
  • 01 03:22 Don\’t Ease Me In Listen
  • 02 03:39 Silver Threads And Golden Needles Listen
  • 03 00:08 My Dog Has No Nose Listen
  • 04 03:36 Friend Of The Devil Listen
  • 05 06:27 Candyman Listen
  • 06 02:24 Cold Jordan Listen
  • 07 03:42 Swing Low Sweet Chariot Listen
  • 08 04:23 Cumberland Blues Listen
  • 09 03:37 Me And My Uncle Listen
  • 10 09:08 New Speedway Boogie Listen
  • 11 02:21 Cryptical Envelopment Listen
  • 12 01:48 drums Listen  {YIPPIE @ ~1:00}
  • 13 09:33 The Other One Listen {YIPPIE @ ~2:00}
  • 14 11:12 Cryptical Envelopment \> Jam Listen
  • 15 01:14 drums Listen
  • 16 04:52 Main Ten jam Listen
  • 17 05:12 transition \> Sugar Magnolia Listen
  • 18 00:50 Louie Louie tease Listen
  • 19 08:10 It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World Listen
  • 20 03:20 Mama Tried Listen
  • 21 03:15 Sittin On Top Of The World Listen
  • 22 05:32 Teddy Bears Picnic tease \> \’waiting for a good idea\’ \> tuning Listen
  • 23 07:59 Cosmic Charlie Listen
  • 24 05:20 Casey Jones Listen
  • 25 02:42 drums \> Good Lovin\’ Listen
  • 26 03:43 drums Listen
  • 27 11:15 Good Lovin ListenConcert Length: 01:42:28
    China Cat Sunflower / I know You Rider: September, 1970 (A Night At the Family Dog)

    Next up: The Big Time!

Grateful Dead – The 1970 Tapes On The Internet Archive   30 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.

  • Grateful Dead Members During the  1970’s
  • Jerry Garcia
  • Bob Weir
  • Phil Lesh
  • Bill Kreutzmann
  • Ron “Pigpen” McKernan  (Left in June, 1972)
  • Mickey Hart  (Left in Febuary, 1971  and rejoins in October 1974 for the duration)
  • Keith Godchaux  (Joins In October, 1971 and left in Febuary, 1979)
  • Donna Godchaux – (Joins In March 1972 and left in Febuary, 1979)
  • Brent Mydland (Joins in April 1979 and left in July 1990)

The Grateful Dead In The 1970 – From The Hippie Cowboys of 1970 to the Jazz Age

While the core Grateful Dead members (Garcia, Weir, Lesh & Kreutzmann) remain members through out the 1970’s there were several changes in the band line up during this time.  PigPen left the band in ill health in 1972. Keith Godchaux joined that same year on key boards (primarily on a concert Grand piano but also on a Hammond B3 organ).  His wife Donna joined as a vocalist that same year.  Both of the Gordchaux’s left the band in Febuary, 1979.   Brent Mydland joined the band as a key board player and vocalist in April 1979).  Micky Hart (whose father controversially manager the band for a while) left the band under a cloud in 1971 but later rejoined in 1974.  This decade began with  signature songs such as Truckin’, Me & My Uncle and Jack Straw.  The Grateful Dead Movie (filmd in 1974) solidified the band’s image in the public mind.  Later in the decade the band sound changed considerably.  The massive Scarlet Begonias –> Fire On The Mountain –> Estimated Prophet was perfected on stage and redefined the band.  The colorful marital discord and unhealthy lifestyle choices of the Godchaux (and Jerry and Bob’s search for a different (more electric and funk oriented) keyboard sound lead to the Godchaux leaving the band and Brent Mydland  joining the band in 1979.

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.

1970-00-00 – Studio Listen

1970-01-01 – Studio- Workingman’s Dead Outtakes Listen

1970-01-02 – Fillmore East (Early and Late Shows) Listen

1970-01-03 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-01-10 – Golden Hall – San Diego Community Concourse Listen

1970-01-16 – Springer’s Inn Portland Listen

1970-01-17 – Oregon State University Listen

1970-01-23 – Honolulu Civic Auditorium Listen

1970-01-24 – Honolulu Civic Auditorium Listen

1970-01-30 – The Warehouse Listen

1970-01-31 – The Warehouse Listen

1970-02-01 – The Warehouse Listen

1970-02-02 – Fox Theatre Listen

1970-02-04 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1970-02-05 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-02-06 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-02-07 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-02-08 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-02-11 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-02-12 – Ungano’s Night Club Listen

1970-02-13 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-02-14 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-02-23 – The Auditorium Listen

1970-02-27 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1970-02-28 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1970-03-01 – Family Dog at the Great Highway Listen

1970-03-07 – Civic Auditorium Listen

1970-03-08 – Star Theatre Listen

1970-03-20 – Capitol Theater Listen

1970-03-21 – Capitol Theater Listen

1970-03-24 – Pirates World Listen

1970-04-03 – The Field House, U. of Cincinnati Listen

1970-04-09 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-04-11 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-04-12 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-04-15 – Winterland Arena Listen

1970-04-24 – Mammoth Gardens Listen

1970-05-01 – Alfred College Listen

1970-05-02 – Harpur College Listen

1970-05-03 – Field House, Wesleyan University Listen

1970-05-06 – Kresge Plaza – MIT Listen

1970-05-07 – DuPont Gym – MIT Listen

1970-05-08 – Farrell Hall (SUNY) Listen

1970-05-09 – Worcester Polytechnic Institute Listen

1970-05-14 – Merramec Community College Listen

1970-05-15 – Fillmore East (Late Show) Listen

1970-05-16 – Temple University Listen

1970-05-24 – Unknown Venue Listen

1970-06-04 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-06-05 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-06-06 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-06-07 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-06-13 – Red Vest Listen

1970-06-21 – Pauley Ballroom, U. of California Listen

1970-06-24 – Capitol Theater Listen

1970-07-00 – Festival Express Train Listen

1970-07-01 – Winnipeg Fairgrounds Listen

1970-07-10 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-07-11 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-07-12 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-07-14 – Euphoria Ballroom Listen

1970-07-16 – Euphoria Ballroom Listen

1970-07-30 – The The Matrix Listen

1970-08-05 – Golden Hall – San Diego Community Concourse Listen

1970-08-17 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-08-18 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-08-19 – Fillmore West Listen

1970-08-30 – KQED Studios Listen

1970-09-17 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-09-18 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-09-19 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-09-20 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-10-04 – Winterland Arena Listen

1970-10-10 – Colden Auditorium, Queens College Listen

1970-10-11 – Marion Shea Auditorium, Paterson State College Listen

1970-10-23 – McDonough Arena – Georgetown University Listen

1970-10-24 – Kiel Opera House Listen

1970-10-30 – University Gymnasium, SUNY Stony Brook Listen

1970-10-31 – University Gymnasium, SUNY Stony Brook Listen

1970-11-05 – Capitol Theater Listen

1970-11-06 – Capitol Theater Listen

1970-11-07 – Capitol Theater Listen

1970-11-08 – Capitol Theater Listen

1970-11-09 – Action House Listen

1970-11-10 – Action House Listen

1970-11-11 – 46th Street Rock Palace Listen

1970-11-16 – Fillmore East Listen

1970-11-20 – The Palestra, U. of Rochester Listen

1970-11-21 – Sargent Gym, Boston University Listen

1970-11-23 – Anderson Theatre Listen

1970-11-29 – Club Agora Listen

1970-12-00 – Radio Apology Ad Listen

1970-12-12 – Santa Rosa Fairgrounds Listen

1970-12-17 – The Matrix Listen

1970-12-23 – Winterland Arena Listen

1970-12-26 – Legion Stadium Listen

1970-12-27 – Legion Stadium Listen

1970-12-28 – Legion Stadium Listen

1970-12-31 – Winterland Arena Listen

Dark Star – A 1970 Performance   19 comments

What a difference two months can make.  The ever chameleonic Grateful Dead were mellow hippie cowboys at the (West Coast) Euphoria Ballroom Concert on 1970-09-04; but on 1970-09-19 they were back at the Filmore East with an excellant Psychedelic set which includes a remarkable Dark Star.  You can listen to it here on the Internet Archive.

Dark Star

The third set that night included:

Dark Star ->
St. Stephen ->
Not Fade Away ->
Darkness Jam ->
China Cat Jam ->
Not Fade Away ->
Turn On Your Lovelight

Indeed!

This is a true dark star, long and forbidding with primal tentacles reaching deep into the synergistic reality sphere, where all truths fit together.   (See chronosynclastic infundibulum for details),  Jerry does not so much play Dark Star here as join Dark Star, which is already in progress, and is probably playing out there someplace to this day. Jerry just borrowed it from time to time.

The unfortunate Youngbloods had to follow this monumental set.  There opening number of there popular “Get Together” is completely drowned out by crys of “MORE DEAD”, “MORE DEAD”.  Eventually Phil and Pig Pen are sent out to ask the crowd to allow the Youngblood to continue playing.  When this request was drowned out by more crys of “MORE DEAD”, “MORE DEAD”.  Pig Pen addressed the crowd thusly:

“Why don’t you guys go home and fuck somebody?”

The true hippie political program in a nutshell.

RIP, Jerry

Posted 2010/09/27 by Cloud2013 in 1970's, Dark Star, Grateful Dead

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