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West 1969 - Compilation
The Grateful Dead's
Fillmore West shows from 2/27 - 3/2/69 are classic performances that
truly catch the band at the peak of their psychedelic era of
their musical genius. This period has been represented with an excellent Dick's Picks release,
but Fillmore West 1969 trounces that both musically and
Fillmore West 1969 is a compilation
and each evening is represented. Even if 2/27 and 3/1 are minimal
contributions. All in all, the track selection includes a version of
all but two songs performed at the run, and the key one, "New
Potato Caboose," is included with the GDM exclusive pre-order
Grateful Dead's classic, Live Dead, was largely taken from
this venue, and their box-set So Many Roads includes
"The Other One" from 2/27/69. The selection of tracks for the
Fillmore West 1969 - Compilation attempts to avoid duplication. But
with the smart decision to include a major section of the March 2,
1969's, second set, "Feedback" and "And We Bid You
Goodnight" are repeated, as they are also on Live Dead.
Thankfully, as taking disc three's glorious "Jam" through the
conclusion of the disc would not
be as awesome taken out of context of the whole by eliminating
those two songs. You won't hear
"Feedback" on the radio, but it certainly flows as part of
the musical sequence and statement.
for the addition of "Cosmic Charlie," the
first disc is all from 2/28. A
good jam is present in "Morning Dew," but the highlights
of the set are "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"
and "Turn On Your Lovelight."
second disc is built around "Dark Star." And while the Stars
of this era are joyous, it is just the beginning of the journey.
The landing into the powerful, driving "St. Stephen" is sure
to grab the attention of those that may have lost their direction. While more
predicable than "Dark Star," "The Eleven" is a
key ingredient of this segment of the show. The rhythmic pattern
is hypnotizing, with Phil being expectedly aggressive. And when he
starts nudging Jerry, Garcia responds with biting, scary, and lightning
fast guitar runs.
third disc is the crown jewel of the release. While not in the complete
sequence of the concert, all of the material is from the 3/2 show. Not
included is "Death Don't Have No Mercy (released on Live
Dead)" and "Morning Dew;" they were performed
after "Cryptical Envelopment,"
and before "Alligator." The track entitled "Jam"
is crushing. One of the exciting things with pre 1971 Grateful Dead
music is that you can often hear the invention of musical lines that would
later become staples. While you can sample the development of the "Feeling
Groovy" line on Dick's Picks
Vol. 16's "Dark Star," this instrumental
segment hints at their
infamous "GDTRFB" jam. While it is more liquid and
smooth as demonstrated on Ladies
and Gentlemen, this rendition is raw and intense. But that
is just the start as there is top notch frenzied jamming that continues throughout
till the end of "Caution," 35 minutes of bliss.
certain conclusion is that many fans will be so thrilled with the
music within these three discs that there will be kicking themselves
for not taking advantage of the sold-out limited addition box-set, Fillmore
West Complete. If you missed that, the compilation is more
Grade A +
West 1969 Complete
So Many Roads (The Other One
show reviews by Ramble on Joe
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All from 2/28 except "Cosmic Charlie" 2/27.
1 Morning Dew 11:05 (Rose, Dobson)
2 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 11:00 (Williamson)
3 Doin' That Rag 6:56 (Garcia, Hunter)
4 I'm A King Bee 7:31 (Moore, Arr. By Grateful Dead)
5 Cosmic Charlie 6:02 (Garcia, Hunter)
6 Turn On Your Lovelight 19:09 (Scott, Malone)
1 Dupree's Diamond Blues 4:48 (Garcia, Hunter)
2 Mountains Of The Moon 4:52 (Garcia, Hunter)
3 Dark Star > 19:43 (Garcia, Kreutzmann, Lesh, McKernan, Weir,
4 St. Stephen > 7:51 (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter)
5 The Eleven > 15:13 (Lesh, Hunter)
6 Death Don't Have No Mercy 9:58 (Davis)
All from 3/2
1 That's It For The Other One 23:30
Cryptical Envelopment (Garcia)
The Other One (Kreutzmann, Weir)
Cryptical Envelopment (Garcia)
2 Alligator > 4:00 (McKernan, Hunter)
3 Drums > 6:52 (Hart, Kreutzmann)
4 Jam > 25:31 (Grateful Dead)
5 Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > 9:13 (Grateful Dead)
6 Feedback > 7:54 (Grateful Dead)
7 We Bid You Goodnight 2:01 (Trad. Arr. By Grateful Dead)
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Jerry Garcia: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Mickey Hart: Drums
Bill Kreutzmann: Drums
Phil Lesh: Bass, Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan: Keyboards, Vocals
Bob Weir: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Tom Constanten: Keyboards
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Released - Nov.
Label - Grateful Dead
Produced by : David Lemieux and Jeffrey Norman
Executive Producer : Cameron Sears
16 Track Recording by : Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor
Mixed and Mastered at : Club Front, Novato, CA
Archival Research by : Eileen Law/Grateful Dead Archivist
Package Design and Production by : Robert Minkin / minkindesign.com
Photography by : Rosie McGee, Herbie Greene, Baron Wolman, Michael Merritt, Peter Simon and Amalie R. Rothchild
Cover Lettering by : Richard Biffle
Art Coordinator : Brian Conners
Liner Notes by : Dennis McNally
Cover Art and Package Design: Robert
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an effort to provide the very best of the already-legendary and
sold-out Fillmore West 1969 Box Set in a convenient form
(with the big box's fine pictures and notes), Rhino and Grateful
Dead Productions will issue a 3-CD "best-of" selection.
The package will not generally include the material that was later
selected for Live/Dead, since that's already available.
Instead, the triple CD package will give you the hits, all housed in
a hard-cover book, with a 72-page booklet featuring almost 100 rare
and unseen photos: a 55-minute "Alligator > Caution"
jam that is simply cosmic, the complete "We Bid You
Goodnight" from 3/2/69 (the version on Live/Dead was
cut!), and Friday night's deservedly famous "Dark Star > St.
Stephen > The Eleven >Death Don't Have No Mercy" that
could easily have been the album. What a weekend!
And here's the best for you: all pre-orders will receive an
exclusive bonus CD containing previously unreleased Grateful Dead
performances recorded at the Carousel Ballroom and Fillmore West
between 1968-1970, including a just-unearthed 30-minute version of
"Caution" from June 1968 and a "He Was A Friend Of
Mine>China Cat Sunflower>New Potato Caboose" jam from
June 1969, amongst other great material.