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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 1 - May 1969 - New release

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Road Trips: Road Trips Vol  4 No. 1 - May 23 & 24, 1969 - Grateful Dead
Vol. 4 No. 1
May 23 & 24, 1969
Big Rock Pow Wow '69
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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 1 - May 1969 - New release

Road Trips Vol. 4, No. 1
Big Rock Pow Wow '69
May 23 & 24, 1969

Volume 4 No. 1 of the Road Trips series packages two complete 1969 Grateful Dead performances on three discs. The order of the songs needed to be rearranged for space purposes. The release comes with informative liner notes that touch on the Miami scene in 1969, and the agricultural crops, namely orange juice. There is also plenty of background about the Big Rock Pow Wow Festival where these concerts took place to read about. The Grateful Dead were the headliners two evenings of the festival, May 23 and 24, 1969 (Rhinoceros on the third). Since the event offered a multi-band line-up, the Grateful Dead's sets are more concise than some of their other concerts from 1969. 

The first night starts and ends with Pigpen led songs, both covers. It opens with "Hard to Handle," a beat to get the crowds attention. Jerry changes moods with "Morning Dew." Bobby's turn yields a forgettable "Me and My Uncle." The heart of the show is the non-stop sequence of "Dark Star" > "St. Stephen" > "The Eleven" > "Turn On Your Lovelight." This is the famed song sequence of the opening from their Live Dead release. The performance is well executed, 70 minutes without a breath. 

Disc 2 starts with the same song that ending the previous evening, "Turn On Your Lovelight," clocking in at nearly 30 minutes. The set that follows is quite remarkable. The flow from song to song was smooth. I especially enjoyed hearing "He Was A Friend Of Mine" segue into "China Cat Sunflower." The outro jam features a little of the Rider transition before a flawless move into "The Eleven"; very impressive. Jerry hits the slow blues theme with a cover of "Death Don't Have No Mercy." Outstanding! The set continues on the third disc, pretty standard 1969 material. The drums that lead into to "St. Stephen" is pretty cool. The intensity of "Feedback" flows right into "We Bid You Goodnight."

Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 1 isn't my top pick for 1969 Grateful Dead, Dick Picks Vol. 16 gets that honor. For fans of this era, the sound is quite good, so you won't regret adding this to your collection, especially disc 2. The two versions of "Lovelight" are the longest I recall.  My hope was when the next 1969 release came around it would include some of never yet released material that featured Jerry playing pedal steel on a few songs like "Slewfoot," and "Silver Threads And Golden Needles." Perhaps next time around. 

by Barry Small 

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 1 - May 1969 - New release
Track List

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CD 1: 
May 23, 1969

1. Hard To Handle (See disc 3 for the tracks between ...)
2. Dark Star
3. St. Stephen
4. The Eleven
5. Turn On Your Lovelight

CD 2:
May 24, 1969

1. Introduction
2. Turn On Your Lovelight
3. Doin' That Rag
4. He Was A Friend Of Mine
5. China Cat Sunflower
6. The Eleven
7. Death Don't Have No Mercy
...Continued on disc 3

CD 3:
May 23, 1969
1. Morning Dew
2. Me and My Uncle
3. Yellow Dog Story

May 24, 1969
4. Alligator
5. Drums
6. St. Stephen
7. Feedback
8. We Bid You Goodnight

This release does not contain a bonus disc. 

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 1 - May 1969 - New release

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Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums
Tom Constanten - Keyboards

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 1 - May 1969 - New release

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Released - November 2010 
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by David Lemieux and Blair Jackson
Recording -
Owsley Stanley - Bear
CD mastering - Jeffrey Norman 
Cover Art - Scott McDougall
Photos - Rosie McGee / Jim Wiseman
Package Design - Steve Vance

From Deadlists 

Venue Seminole Indian Village
Location West Hollywood, FL
Date 5/23/69 - 
One - [1:26:47] Intro [0:02] ; Hard To Handle [4:31] ; [0:15] ; Morning Dew [9:13] ; [0:06] ; Me And My Uncle [3:05] ; [0:12] ; Dark Star [18:47] > St. Stephen [6:10] > The Eleven [13:26] > Turn On Your Love Light [30:37] ; [0:22] %

Comments The Eleven analyzes St. Stephen > 1st vocals 1:05 > transition Jam 1:53 > Eleven Jam 3:39 > Eleven vocals 0:40 > Eleven Jam 2:25 > Eleven 2nd theme Jam 3:45 > transition 0:05 > Turn On Your Love Light.

Venue Seminole Indian Village
Location West Hollywood, FL
Date 5/24/69 
One -  [1:28:04 +] Intro [1:04] ; Turn On Your Love Light [26:25] ; [0:08] % Doin' That Rag [6:37] > He Was A Friend Of Mine [6:47] > China Cat Sunflower > [2:43] > Jam [1:51] > The Eleven [9:03] > Death Don't Have No Mercy [6:42] ; [0:06] % Alligator [3:54] > Drums [7:03] > drummers' chant [0:15] > Drums [0:11] > St. Stephen [6:11] > Feedback [3:58] > And We Bid You Good Night [3:00] ; [0:13] %

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 1 - May 1969 - New release
From the Grateful Dead website
Road Trips Stops at Big Rock Pow Wow 1969!

The winter and spring of 1969 was a particularly exciting time for the Grateful Dead. They were finishing up their long-awaited third album, Aoxomoxoa, and playing with a passionate intensity unequaled in their nearly five years together. The group’s epic Fillmore West run at the end of February gave us most of their masterpiece, Live Dead — not to mention the gargantuan, out-of-print, 10-CD Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings (and the superb 3-CD compilation from those shows). This is the era when “Dark Star” really blasted off into space, when tunes like “St. Stephen” and “The Eleven” were peaking (along with the audience!), and just about every night was a wild adventure for both the crowd and the band. The Dead played 146 shows that year—the most of any year—criss-crossing the country a couple of times and playing all sorts of interesting and far-flung destinations, blowing minds at every bend in the road.

Without a doubt one the coolest places the Dead played that year was the Seminole Indian Reservation in Hollywood, Florida, just north of Miami, at a rock festival known as the Big Rock Pow Wow, May 23-25, 1969. The Dead headlined the first two days of the festival, and their complete sets from the Pow Wow, recorded by the Dead’s inimitable soundman in that era—Owsley “Bear” Stanley—are spread across the three discs that constitute Road Trips Vol. 4, No. 1. Whoo-hoo! Unlike some of the other huge festivals held during 1969, the Big Rock Pow Wow was a fairly low-key affair—it attracted just a few thousand folks, mostly locals, many of whom camped in the woods and meadows of the sprawling reservation grounds and convened each afternoon and evening for ten or more hours of music featuring the likes of Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, Joe South, The Youngbloods, Sweetwater, Aum, NRBQ, Rhinoceros and a handful of South Florida favorites. There was Seminole dancing and chants onstage and off—and the adjacent restored Seminole village was bustling with native crafts-makers (and sellers), as well as various hippie merchants peddling their wares. Because the festival took place on Seminole land, there were no police or conventional security. Timothy Leary’s “people” were somehow involved in putting on the event and Dr. Tim wandered the grounds and occasionally spoke from the stage. “Orange sunshine” acid was everywhere.

The Dead provided their own very psychedelic soundtrack for the weekend with two fiery sets that show the group at their exploratory best. The first show was built around what would become known as the Live Dead sequence: “Dark Star” > “St. Stephen” > “The Eleven” > “Turn On Your Lovelight,” each piece jammed powerfully and with purpose, flowing like electric lava—bubbling and spurting and occasionally exploding as it erupts out of the speakers and into the crowd. There are all sorts of fascinating twists and turns in the jams (including a couple prompted by Garcia breaking strings!) and the “Lovelight” has Pigpen leading the charge for a very funky half-hour rock’n’soul romp. Also notable from the first show is a superb “Morning Dew” (which appears on Disc 3 due to the timing limitations of the CD format)...

The next night (beginning Disc 2 here) the Dead open with another excursion through “Lovelight,” but as you might expect, this one has its own unique feeling—same song, different vibe. From there it’s a tour through some of the other chestnuts of the era, including the then-new “Doin’ That Rag,” the wonderful ballad “He Was a Friend of Mine,” which eases into “China Cat Sunflower,” followed by another slammin’ “Eleven,” before arriving at a haunting and potent “Death Don’t Have No Mercy.” What a rollercoaster! The reminder of the second show (on Disc 3) includes “Alligator”—appropriate for what is most definitely alligator-country!—a drum duel with Mickey and Bill calling on the native spirits, and a version of “St. Stephen” that begins unlike any other version from this era… and ends in eerie feedback before a final “We Bid You Goodnight.” Saturday evening reportedly ended with Timothy Leary requesting that all stage lights be turned off and then speaking quietly to the dazed and buzzed crowd about the light show going on in the sky above—planets and constellations and shooting stars. Ya gotta love the ’60s!

Road Trips Vol 4. No 1—Big Rock Pow Wow 1969 is yet another sonic gem from Bear’s reel to reel master tapes, and mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman for maximum fidelity and punch. As always, it includes a beautifully designed booklet with period photos and an essay about the shows. There’s some pretty amusing stage patter you won’t want to miss, too. We think it’s one of our best releases yet, but judge for yourself: You can get more info and order this latest Road Trips by going here.

- Blair Jackson

Our popular Road Trips series begins its fourth big year with just our second release from the 1960s, and Vol. 4, No. 1 is a certifiably great one: Two complete performances from the Big Rock Pow Wow festival on the Seminole Indian reservation in Hollywood, Florida, May 23 and 24, 1969. If you dig ’69 Dead—and let’s face it, who doesn’t?—then these two sets, spread across three discs, will be right in your wheelhouse. Beautifully recorded by the inimitable Owsley Stanley, aka “Bear,” just three months after the amazing Fillmore West shows that gave us Live Dead (and the fantabulous Fillmore West 1969 box and compilation), and a month after the Midwest shows immortalized on Dick’s Picks 26, the Big Rock Pow Wow set gives us the ragin’ beast that was ’69 Dead at its most feral and wild.

On Disc One we have the full Live Dead sequence of “Dark Star” > “Saint Stephen” > “The Eleven” and “Lovelight,” but each component of this quartet of tunes is loaded with unique moments and fiery interplay. “The Eleven” is particularly ferocious, and the half-hour “Lovelight” will definitely get you shakin’ your groove thang as you bop along to the Mighty Pig & Company. 

The next day’s set (and Disc Two of RT 4.1) begins with a smokin’ “Lovelight”; same song, totally different feel and vibe, as the band eases into the set and builds to its first few climaxes, with Pig once again in firm control, making damn sure that nobody has their hands in their pockets. Then it’s on to a fine “Doin’ That Rag” (from their soon to-be-released third album, Aoxomoxoa), a truly stirring version of the relatively rare “He Was a Friend of Mine,” which charges into “China Cat,” followed by another scorching “Eleven,” and capped by a dire and emotional “Death Don’t Have No Mercy.” 

Disc Three includes a charged “Morning Dew,” “Alligator,” “St. Stephen” exploding out of “drums” (for the only time during its ’68-’71 incarnation) and more. Nothin’ tame about this mind-blowing stuff!

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 1 - May 1969 - New release