GRATEFUL DEAD Fillmore West, 1969 The Complete Recordings + Bonus Disc (2005) – UPGRADED!

Fillmore West, 1969 – The Complete Recordings (2005)
The Birth Of An Art Form On 10 CDs

One of our earliest posts, from 2007. 10 CDs containing “every note” played by the Grateful Dead at The Fillmore West from February 27 to March 2, 1969. This 2005 internet-only release was limited to 10,000 hard copies, which the Dead sold on their website for an unbelievable $75. Of course, at that price, it pre-sold out before it even officially went on sale. Which makes you wonder if the Dead simply underestimated its appeal or grossly under-priced it just to be good to their ever-devoted fans. Obviously the latter… though, it’s probably a bit of both. These are the original 16 track recordings (state of the art in ‘69) that spawned the measly 1969 double LP, Live/Dead, the album that introduced the Dead’s live group dynamic on record. The Complete Recordings, however, is something else altogether. An indispensable document of the Dead’s evolution from a trippy country blues band into rock’s premier exploratory improvisers. They’d been toying with the blues/jazz/free-form concept for years, but in 1969 – and particularly here – it all came together. The lineup: Pigpen, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Tom Constanten. We’ve been meaning to upgrade this post for years, and are now able to, thanks to Don From Oregon. We’ve got more Dead in the archives, HERE. Find used hard copies (maybe even my old one) at Amazon, HERE. Track Listings in are in Comments.

Fillmore West, 1969 Bonus Disc (2005)
Because 10
CDs For $75 Wasn’t Good Enough

Here’s the bonus disc that came with the box set, Fillmore West, 1969 – The Complete Recordings. It contains almost 80 minutes of unreleased recordings from The Carousel Ballroom/Fillmore West, 1968 to 1970, kicking off with a 30 minute plus “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” (from The Fillmore East, actually) and ending with a fragile, 1970 version of “High Time,” which you can hear below.

Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) (The Fillmore East, June 14, 1968)
He Was A Friend Of Mine (June 8, 1969)
China Cat Sunflower (June 8, 1969)
New Potato Caboose (June 8, 1969)
China Cat Sunflower (February 7, 1970)
I Know You Rider (February 7, 1970)
High Time (February 7, 1970)


  • Willard
    October 3, 2007 - 14:31 | Permalink

    Search HERE

    DISC 1 – February 27, 1969
    Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
    Doin' That Rag
    That’s It For The Other One/Cryptical Envelopment

    DISC 2
    Dupree's Diamond Blues
    Mountains Of The Moon
    Dark Star
    St. Stephen
    The Eleven
    Turn On Your Love Light
    Cosmic Charlie

    DISC 3 – February 28, 1969
    Morning Dew
    Good Morning Little School Girl
    Doin' That Rag
    I'm A King Bee
    Turn On Your Love Light

    DISC 4
    That’s It For The Other One/Cryptical Envelopment
    Dark Star
    St. Stephen
    The Eleven
    Death Don't Have No Mercy

    DISC 5
    Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
    We Bid You Goodnight

    DISC 6 – March 1, 1969
    That’s It For The Other One/Cryptical Envelopment
    New Potato Caboose
    Doin' That Rag
    Cosmic Charlie

    DISC 7
    Dupree's Diamond Blues
    Mountains Of The Moon
    Dark Star
    St. Stephen
    The Eleven
    Turn On Your Love Light
    Hey Jude

    DISC 8 – March 2, 1969
    Dark Star
    St. Stephen
    The Eleven
    Turn On Your Love Light

    DISC 9
    Doin' That Rag
    That’s It For The Other One/Cryptical Envelopment
    Death Don't Have No Mercy
    Morning Dew

    DISC 10
    Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
    We Bid You Goodnight

  • Anonymous
    October 4, 2007 - 17:16 | Permalink

    Thank you very very much!

  • kreutzman
    October 4, 2007 - 17:59 | Permalink

    Nice one Willard.

  • Anonymous
    October 4, 2007 - 18:13 | Permalink

    What a treat-many thanks!

  • Anonymous
    October 4, 2007 - 18:56 | Permalink

    I'll tell you what I think of it: This is the greatest post of 2007 so far! S.ZENI.

  • Vijay from Bombay
    October 4, 2007 - 19:22 | Permalink

    NIIIIIIIIICE! Tank you beddy mouch!

  • Anonymous
    October 4, 2007 - 23:33 | Permalink

    Rock on! Thanks a million!

  • Muddy
    October 5, 2007 - 06:25 | Permalink

    divshare has worked fine for me. If you don't LUUUUUVVVV Live/Dead, you're wasting your time on this one. In my case, words fail me in expressing the gleeful delight in getting these legendary shows, since no longer hosts them.

    A million thank yous, Capt. Willard.

  • Muddy
    October 5, 2007 - 06:27 | Permalink

    One more thing… I can hardly wait until the morning to see what is on the hidden bonus disc. This is certainly one of the best posts anywhere ever. Woooooo!

  • Anonymous
    October 5, 2007 - 07:05 | Permalink

    thank you very much! great site

  • Newms
    October 5, 2007 - 14:39 | Permalink


  • one bite
    October 6, 2007 - 17:30 | Permalink

    Wonderful post!
    Thanks !!!

  • snowmonkey
    October 6, 2007 - 17:34 | Permalink

    This hungry Deadhead appreciates the tunefood. Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    October 7, 2007 - 08:30 | Permalink

    The 'Live Dead' album has been one of my fave albums for years now and was looking forward so much to 10 CD box set only to have make do with the 3 CD set.

    I really look forward to hearing the whole thing. Thank you so much.

  • Anonymous
    October 7, 2007 - 20:36 | Permalink

    Just want to say thanks man!

    I know it's a lot of work putting up such a massive post and it's really appreciated by all us music fans!


    October 7, 2007 - 23:02 | Permalink

    We agree exactly with the comment before. many many thanx for this all (this post and the others, of course…)

  • Noelemite
    October 8, 2007 - 18:30 | Permalink

    Yeah, just found your site and so far it's awesome. Love that you've not gone the RS way… Even though one of these days I'm gonna have to pony up some paper and do a mass run on them.

    I'm having a bit of trouble with the #8 MF link – the new one. It's sticking after the start DL step… but I'll give it a shot later. It's happened once or twice with MF before, seems to be self correcting.

    Thanks again. Great site. Anything you're looking for to return the favor? Just ask.

  • Anonymous
    October 9, 2007 - 14:44 | Permalink

    Thank you Willard!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    October 10, 2007 - 16:02 | Permalink

    Uhhhhhnnnnhhhhnnnn …. fnnnrrrghhh … *snork* ….


    Thenk yew.

    (There's an Amusing Yet Cogent Review of the 3 disc set over at my blog …)

    Yr pal, Pants Elk

  • Anonymous
    October 10, 2007 - 16:52 | Permalink

    Just gotta say:
    this is the singlemost awsome music i've heard all year. i've been listening to live/dead since it came out on vinyl way back in the day – albeit from across the great peaceful water…
    however, this is something else — way out there beyond the bounds…
    domo arigato, capt. trips and you too willard, and remember death don't have no mercy in this land…
    taro nombei

  • yabanjin
    October 15, 2007 - 10:44 | Permalink

    Lord, I love the Tom Constanten era of the Dead's evolution. Thank you so much for making these available. I may have been a filthy greedhog in the past and not thanked you for the Richard Thompson rarities compilations and other items that I downloaded from your site, but just for the record, you are an extremely awesome individual. Many, many thanks. I'll try to do better from now on.

    I'm a little man, I'm a little man, you're… you're a great man. I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas…

  • yesyesyes
    October 16, 2007 - 00:15 | Permalink

    WOW – The new link rocks – 5 min is much better than hours! Thank You so much~

  • Anonymous
    October 16, 2007 - 03:05 | Permalink

    GREAT!GREAT!GREAT! That's all I can say. Thanks man.

  • Anonymous
    October 16, 2007 - 08:58 | Permalink

    Wahoo!! Got the set!!!

    You should get the Nobel Peace Prize for this …

  • Anonymous
    October 17, 2007 - 03:48 | Permalink

    Just want to say thanks a lot.

  • Crux
    October 17, 2007 - 16:37 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard. Listening to this recording reminds me of those concert days in Philly, D.C., Kansas City, Dallas, Des Moines, L.A. and San Diego.


  • Anonymous
    October 21, 2007 - 02:55 | Permalink

    Thank you!

    October 23, 2007 - 04:01 | Permalink


  • Anonymous
    November 5, 2007 - 00:24 | Permalink

    dude, it's rare to see someone try so hard to keep a post alive. i've had the post since early on, but only recently found the prob with lovelight. shazaam! – already fixed. cheers and thanks!


  • dr. kittybrains
    November 5, 2007 - 04:07 | Permalink

    Amazing! Thanks, Willard!! This is truly one of the best music blogs I've ever seen.

  • Anonymous
    November 6, 2007 - 18:24 | Permalink

    this is absolutly awsome!!!

    i bought my first dead lp in 1973 (live/dead) just because i liked the cover art … then a 13 year old teen the music occured to me as a load of real shit … the lp sat untouched in my shelf ever since … now 35 years later i thought ill give it one more try … hmmm … and what shall i say… i am absolute fanatic about the record now … funny, took me 35 years to bring out the deadhead in me – lol – thank you so much for this beautiful post willard …

    if somebody knows where to dl the dead box-sets "beyond description" and/or "golden road", plz plz lemme know ;-)

    a new born deadhead

  • ianinspain
    November 9, 2007 - 14:37 | Permalink

    Are any of you dead-heads from outside the U.S., I know it's sacrilege to say that non-yanks can appreciate the dead , but some of us brits do as well. Does anyone recall seeing the dead in Hollywood, (not L.A., but a very rainy weekend in the north of England). How about the Ally-Pally, or the Rainbow, still, the road goes on forever, thanks Willard for this, and the bonus as well. Incidentally, not just 'B.D.' or 'G.R.', but the set produced by Arista back in '99, 'So Many Roads', that's a brilliant set, anyway, keep on truckin'.

  • ianinspain
    November 13, 2007 - 10:38 | Permalink

    All i can say is WOW!!, I thought the original 'Live/Dead' was good, then they brought out 'Golden Road', and it got better, now this. Pride of place, along with all the other 'Dead' stuff I have, and one more reason to believe that truly great music really does get better with age, both that of the music itself, and me. Thanks again Willard.

  • Anonymous
    November 26, 2007 - 07:07 | Permalink

    Good morning, Willard (well, it's morning in France)! The new link for CD1 works perfectly. At this point, I'd be well inspired to transfer the box-set into CDRs in order to avoid other losses. Thanks a lot for your great, great job, mate!!! S.ZENI.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 27, 2007 - 02:07 | Permalink

    My pleasure, many thanks for the follow up comment.

  • Moses
    December 4, 2007 - 23:25 | Permalink

    Most excellent…now I know what to get my deadhead friend for xmas!!

  • progfreak
    December 31, 2007 - 22:10 | Permalink

    you are the king of uploading thanks for posting a pure treasure dead heads are still alive

  • freakypete
    January 20, 2008 - 11:24 | Permalink

    thanks i am most grateful

  • Anonymous
    January 26, 2008 - 19:37 | Permalink

    Thanks, W…Some great taste in music on this blog.

  • M
    February 25, 2008 - 18:25 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this Live stuff

    Grateful Dead fan

    Heavypsych dude

    See my way cool blog!

  • Netanderthalian
    March 2, 2008 - 10:53 | Permalink

    Oh, mamma…. Great stuff, m8 :) This is my first time on your blog, but I really, really happy with what I see here :) Come check my blog. Cheers.

  • Heli0tr0pe
    March 13, 2008 - 01:13 | Permalink

    Finally went ahead and grabbed all this (thank gawd it's still up and running) – thank you, thank you, 1000 times THANK YOU! This might be the most valuable post in history…cheers!


  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2008 - 01:21 | Permalink

    Gosh Willard, This package is the BEST! Just to hear the Mountains of the Moon melt into Dark Star on disk two is a dream come true. I never thought I'd get to hear this stuff. Thanks loads.

  • WK
    March 16, 2008 - 19:35 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard! I'm experiencing a mid-life Dead resurgence and finding this post nearly caused a major health event. I'll be checking your other posts, too, to see what damage I can do to myself.

  • Anonymous
    March 17, 2008 - 21:05 | Permalink

    Willard….Grate hookup – Thank you much!!! Do you happen to have the album Art as well… I to Downloaded this 10disc jem from a friend not to long ago. So I have 10 discs + the Bonus disc in flimsy plastic jewl cases…and wanted to be a little creative and make a replica of the original box set. I have all the literature but not the pictures OR Album Art. What I am really looking for is the album Art so I can make this box set look like a real deal box set. Thanks in advance…and keep on truckin'

  • Capt. Willard
    March 17, 2008 - 21:31 | Permalink


    Sorry… I don't post album art. I'm sure there are a few places out there that do, though. If it matters, the artwork was pretty crappy (NOT the box or its contents… just the actual art) – using the same cover for each disc package, just in different colors. Good luck on the quest.

  • FellowHead
    March 18, 2008 - 22:32 | Permalink

    Like said before. You're a GOD. I WORSHIP YOU.
    Not joking.

  • Anonymous
    April 16, 2008 - 23:03 | Permalink

    Willard – I came late to this–so glad it's still available! Sincere thanks for making this piece of alternative history accessible to those of us who love and still live the music.

  • Anonymous
    May 9, 2008 - 07:37 | Permalink

    Thanks for your efforts. This will be a nice treat to listen to this weekend.

  • Anonymous
    June 3, 2008 - 16:24 | Permalink

    Thanks so much for these great recordings. The lighten up y life.

  • monk
    June 5, 2008 - 13:16 | Permalink

    Thanks very much for uploading 8 and 10 again!

  • Anonymous
    June 6, 2008 - 07:29 | Permalink

    This looks great! I am new to this though…is downloading this stuff kosher? Or am I at risk? It seems this stuff is all out of print though…

  • Anonymous
    June 8, 2008 - 18:43 | Permalink

    Capt. Willard. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I REALLY wanted to buy this set but was diagnosed with a pretty severe bone cancer that put me in the hospital for a month and reset my priorities. Short of it is, I missed the sale date and needed the funds for other things. I finally found it here and am beyoned jammed that you offered this. You rule!! Thanks again!

  • Anonymous
    June 9, 2008 - 01:44 | Permalink

    The 10 CD box-set is not commanding as high a price as it did a few months ago on Ebay. Maybe people are realizing that the music can be found for free here?

  • Anonymous
    June 27, 2008 - 22:00 | Permalink

    Hi Willard,

    Thanks a million for this terrific box set! You are a real saint, and I'm sure glad I found you. I just don't see why this isn't available commercially, at least as a download, geez, they could sell this set till judgement day.

  • Pher
    July 18, 2008 - 20:22 | Permalink

    THanks Willard…
    It's working now….i was getting prematurely dramatic. Thanks for the post!

  • Capt. Willard
    July 18, 2008 - 21:06 | Permalink

    Cool… thanks for the followup.

  • Anonymous
    August 5, 2008 - 20:52 | Permalink

    What a marvellous idea to propose this 10 box set, now so expensive to buy! Thanks a lot.

  • Anonymous
    August 6, 2008 - 06:17 | Permalink

    1000 thanks for your quickness!

    Nice job.

  • Anonymous
    August 29, 2008 - 18:38 | Permalink

    Thank you for helping us save our money. Stuff like this site is part of the green economy,LOL.

  • John
    September 3, 2008 - 08:39 | Permalink

    Thank you soooo much!
    I've been wanting this forever!
    You've totally made week!
    Thanks again.

  • Anonymous
    September 11, 2008 - 16:44 | Permalink

    thanks a lot

  • Anonymous
    September 13, 2008 - 15:15 | Permalink

    Yes, thank you mr. Willard. It´s working and I´m so-o thankful. Thank you mr. man and keep up the good work. Mooneyrooney (that´s da name, I misspelled it last time)

  • steve
    September 16, 2008 - 02:12 | Permalink

    Just completed the download of all 10 discs in about 30 minutes.

    I've been looking for these for quite awhile in all the usual places without luck, so a big big thanks to you…..

  • gkapageridis
    September 30, 2008 - 07:53 | Permalink

    This something beyond words. This is a…masterpiece.
    What more can I say?.
    Thank you very much indeed.

  • Anonymous
    November 17, 2008 - 23:25 | Permalink

    Far out, Man! This is better than those unexpected flashbacks I get from days past!!!

  • walk_the_earth
    November 24, 2008 - 20:24 | Permalink

    Great Stuff…Thank You VERY Much…the world needs more like you

  • Anonymous
    December 17, 2008 - 15:53 | Permalink


  • adamdean
    January 15, 2009 - 15:45 | Permalink

    Hmmm….I tried the links on 6 and 9 again after clearing my Temp File and Cookies cache and they worked fine. Must be ghosts in the machine. Post a response if you are in need of a comp Dead ticket.

  • Capt. Willard
    January 15, 2009 - 18:34 | Permalink

    Hi Adam,
    No, but thanks for the offer.

  • Anonymous
    February 15, 2009 - 05:27 | Permalink

    YOU DA MAN! Been looking for this one since I passed up buying it in 2005 (like an idiot) and missed the boat! Been kicking myself ever since! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS! A true gift!

  • DeadMan
    March 18, 2009 - 05:30 | Permalink

    Thank You for this wonderful gift!

  • Anonymous
    April 13, 2009 - 19:13 | Permalink

    Willard—thank you, thank you! A truly wonderful gift. And to think I just stumbled upon it. I had no idea. WOW! Mark in Austin

  • Sven DiMilo
    June 18, 2009 - 18:35 | Permalink

    Thank you, stranger…thank you very much!

    -a happy deadhead

  • Anonymous
    June 21, 2009 - 19:28 | Permalink

    Hey Willard so many thx 4 this golden post.
    Realy a gr8 work to let this post
    live 4 years

    Have a good live and a gratefull dead

  • Anonymous
    September 23, 2009 - 12:03 | Permalink

    Oooof. That is good. That is very good. I thank you.

  • Anonymous
    October 6, 2009 - 21:40 | Permalink

    Thanks a lot.

  • Anonymous
    December 7, 2009 - 20:35 | Permalink

    dec.7,2009 thank you, willard!!!
    I have been looking all over to try to get these recordings. I missed out on the dead release, no money. I have tried for 4 yrs. I am unemployed at the moment and not much money. you have given me the greatest gift and it is my special Xmas gift. there wont be much around the tree this year but my heart is filled with these 10 discs. let there be songs to fill the air. I will pass on the gift you gave me. I will do something good for someone I do not know and for someone who needs help through the holidays. I will do a food drive to benefit the local foodbank.
    I will give to those who need, even when I am unemployed and lost my job. wow, hope this thread goes out into cyberspace and may give others ideas. I know I cant change the world, but my actions help my little town. everybody help out in your own town, and city. then we all can do something good. stay positive.

  • Capt. Willard
    December 7, 2009 - 23:00 | Permalink

    Cool. What can I say? A nobel idea. I'm sure The Dead – and your recipients of kindness – will appreciate that. Thanks for commenting.

  • Anonymous
    January 31, 2010 - 00:30 | Permalink

    thanks for taking the time to make this available. much appreciated.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2010 - 16:23 | Permalink

    Willard – You are the MAN! Thank you so much! Great box set!! Dead on. Goose

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 - 14:19 | Permalink


    Brilliant – thanks. I missed out on the original sale because GD didn't supply to Spin (their usual UK outlet) even though it was pre-ordered – and have tried and failed a few times on eBay as I'm not willing to go over £150/$200. This fills a big gap in my GD listening.

  • Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 - 18:39 | Permalink

    I'm a newly converted Dead fan and this has been a great listen. I've played the whole thing straight through at my record store, on Disc 7 right now. Thanks a bunch

  • Anonymous
    December 22, 2010 - 00:27 | Permalink

    thank you so much, this is an era that is remarkably different … The energy and invention on these is totally beyond comparison…

  • W
    April 22, 2011 - 14:22 | Permalink

    Thanks for all the comments. They're very appreciated.

  • Anonymous
    July 8, 2011 - 09:38 | Permalink

    I wish you could see the smile on my face. Many many thanks!

  • Goose
    August 25, 2011 - 18:37 | Permalink

    Cap, this is awesome! Thanks a million man. I’ve been jonesing for some 60’s Pigpen-Era DEAD. This should do it :)

    Check out what this Box Set is going for at Amazon these days…. Holy s&%$!!!

    I really regret not grabbing this back in ’05 for the ultra low price of $75

    • Willard
      August 25, 2011 - 19:15 | Permalink

      Just looked (click the cover art). Whoo-hoo! Guess I should have held on to mine a bit longer. I think I got $400 (or was it $500) for mine… and was quite happy about it (then).

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2013 - 19:07 | Permalink

    I JUST found your music Blog.I truly don’t know how I have missed it for this long. You may have one of the greatest blogs ever. Thanks for all these outstanding posts/contributions. Again THANKS.

  • Myk
    May 16, 2013 - 06:53 | Permalink

    Thanks for this box set. Disc 9 needs a fix, the rest work fine.

    • Willard
      May 16, 2013 - 07:01 | Permalink

      Just tried #9 and it seems to be working fine. I usually advise using a different browser, but if the others are working OK for you that shouldn’t be the issue. Try it again later and, if it’s not working, describe in detail what it’s doing.

  • Myk
    May 16, 2013 - 08:03 | Permalink

    So it worked in chrome after not working in safari, opera, and firefox. weird. Thanks for the tip.

    • Willard
      May 16, 2013 - 08:07 | Permalink

      Wish I could explain it. I’ve had some people just go back to posts later with the same browser and it works fine. Doesn’t make any sense though. Thanks for the follow up.

  • Jack Straw
    July 17, 2013 - 15:38 | Permalink


    iMuchas gracias!

  • Anonymous
    November 2, 2013 - 23:22 | Permalink

    Man. Thanks. Worst internet-related decision I ever made was shelling out $300 for a bogus copy of this from eastern Europe after missing out on the presale. Kicked myself in the rear for a long time about that one, but this makes it all ok. Spent many many mornings in my high school parking lot listening to Live/Dead, really looking forward to hearing it all. Never wire money overseas. Thanks again.

  • apf
    September 21, 2014 - 00:37 | Permalink

    Amazing! Thank you so much!

  • zappahead
    September 21, 2014 - 09:08 | Permalink

    Must have missed this 1st time around….great stuff…cheers.

  • beemer
    September 22, 2014 - 14:29 | Permalink

    Thanks very much. I had the double LP and Cd version but now I can immerse myself in this!!!

  • peacenik
    September 23, 2014 - 12:23 | Permalink

    Thanks for the re-up!

  • bslakie
    September 23, 2014 - 22:32 | Permalink

    Agreed! Thanks for the re-up. Lord knows u have better things to do… :)

    • Willard
      September 23, 2014 - 22:49 | Permalink

      Apparently not.

  • Anonymous
    September 24, 2014 - 01:28 | Permalink

    Many thanks.
    Apologies if it is just me but I am unable to d/l disc 5 via mega. OK for all the others

    • Willard
      September 24, 2014 - 08:20 | Permalink

      Yeah, it’s was malfunctioning. There’s a new link up for #5, thanks.

  • solcofn
    September 28, 2014 - 14:18 | Permalink

    This is EPIC. Thanks so much. Your site is awesome! So many off the beaten path albums that are hard to find. :)

  • buzzk
    September 30, 2014 - 19:38 | Permalink

    – the description on song one of the Bonus says ‘Fillmore EAST’ – surely this isn’t EAST, right?

    • Willard
      September 30, 2014 - 19:50 | Permalink

      Yep. That’s why I drew attention to it in the text.

  • Christoph
    April 6, 2015 - 21:19 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard I’ve missed out on that one. I did buy the May ’77 box, though Belgian customs kept it just ’til I payed a bit extra ($ 50,00).

  • Forrest
    July 30, 2015 - 21:54 | Permalink

    I found the links.Everything working fine.Wonderful set.Thank you!

  • jack bond
    December 2, 2015 - 11:05 | Permalink

    Thank you! Amazing!

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