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.
PLUS… THE BONUS DISC
Fillmore West, 1969 Bonus Disc (2005)
Because 10CDs 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)