BILL KREUTZMANN Mahalo (2003) – Private Promo CD From The Grateful Dead Drummer – First Time Online!

Mahalo (2003)
Privately Released CD-R

Mega-rare CD from Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann. This privately made disc features five unreleased tracks, nearly an hour of Kreutzmann’s work with The Dead, Merl Saunders/Jerry Garcia, Brent Mydland’s Go Ahead, Trichromes and BBDK. It was only made available (as far as we can tell) at a 2003 Kreutzmann art showing in Los Angeles, and was given out as a gift for friends and supporters. When we first posted this in 2011 – the first time it was ever online – there was absolutely nothing about it to be found anywhere on the web. How many were even made is hard to guess, as the original disc is a CD-R, with label and custom cover, issued on Kreutzmann’s own label imprint, Ocean Spirit. This impossible-to-find rarity comes to us from Adam Dean, who was kind enough to rip this from his personal collection to share with us (with complete scans). It’s a rewarding listen, too. One standout is the (then) unreleased (but freely circulating) Saunders/Garcia track from an early 1974 Keystone date. “Are You Lonely For Me” is a 22 minute groove-fest, built on a satisfying, “Season Of The Witch”-style chord progression – and it smokes, smolders and grooves from start to finish. You can listen below to a rare, 2003 rehearsal tape from the newly christened ‘The Dead.’ As usual, we’ve got too much Dead to list in the archives, HERE.

Girl Like You (Jennings/Seals) (4:06)
BBDK – Front Street 7/24/85
Bill Kreutzmann, David Margen, Brent Mydland, Kevin Russell

Are You Lonely For Me (Berns) (21:42)
MERL SAUNDERS & JERRY GARCIA – Keystone, Berkeley 1/17/74
Martin Fierro, Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Bill Kreutzmann, Merl Saunders

10,000 Mics (Dipirro/Kreutzmann/Woodson) (8:58)
TRICHNOMES – Sy Klopps Studios 3/30/02
Mike Dipirro, Bill Kreutzmann, Ralph Woodson

Hey Jude > Dear Mr. Fantasy (Lennon/McCartney+Winwood/Capaldi) (14:47)
GO AHEAD – Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 10/31/86
Jerry Cortez, Bill Kreutzmann, Alex Ligertwood, David Margen, Brent Mydland

Eyes Of The World (
Hunter/Garcia) (9:41)
THE DEAD – Rehearsal 5/27/03
Rob Barraco, Jeff Chimenti, Mickey Hart, Jimmy Herring, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Joan Osborne, Bob Weir


  • Willard
    January 4, 2011 - 15:29 | Permalink

    Search HERE.

  • yotte
    January 5, 2011 - 15:45 | Permalink

    Holy Smokes, Willard! Many Thanks to both you and Adam!

  • Pete
    January 5, 2011 - 17:19 | Permalink

    Gracias! Thinking of Kreutzmann, have you heard 7 Walkers? I like it a lot.

  • W
    January 5, 2011 - 19:03 | Permalink

    Haven't heard them, but saw the product at Kreutzmann's website.

  • yotte
    January 5, 2011 - 21:31 | Permalink

    Hey, thanks for stopping by and saying hi, Willard. Thanks, too, for adding my new place to your list.

    Much appreciated.

  • Anonymous
    January 5, 2011 - 21:35 | Permalink

    Thanks Captain,
    I have this song on a tape I found at the dump with somebody's whole collection of dead tapes. Been looking for a good copy thanks, but mine has that taped off the radio sound that makes it even funkier.

    Thanks for all the great posts. Digging The Morricone spaghetti westerns stuff!

    The Cap'n coast of Maine

  • Adam Dean
    January 5, 2011 - 22:51 | Permalink

    Great job here, Willard. I loved it. My pleasure to share this with the world. By the way, 7 Walkers is a tremendous listen – definately does not sound like The Dead – and Willie Nelson does a nice vocal on one of the tracks.

  • Duncanmusic
    January 5, 2011 - 23:04 | Permalink

    Just the kind of posting I've come to expect from this site. You never cease to surprise and delight. Definitely brightens up my day when I open the reader and see that W there.

  • nick
    January 6, 2011 - 01:20 | Permalink

    Well how about that? nice one! Thanks to you both, Adam and Willard. What a treat!

  • Timmy
    January 6, 2011 - 01:20 | Permalink

    Thank you for another premiere batch!

  • W
    January 5, 2011 - 23:10 | Permalink

    Thanks again, Adam.

    Thanks for the kind words, Duncan. I just wish I’d done some of the work on this one.

  • Goose
    January 7, 2011 - 17:19 | Permalink

    This is a nice find! I know I've said it before but your blog kicks some major ass!! Be cool Cap! Thx

  • Anonymous
    February 25, 2016 - 10:55 | Permalink

    Thanks very much Willard. This looks like a real treat!

  • Adam Dean
    March 6, 2016 - 11:04 | Permalink

    Thanks for keeping the spirit alive, Willard – and for keeping me “in the loop”. I got this in trade from a fellow fan who (possibly) got it at the art show. Beyond that, I don’t know much more about it expect that I treasure it and am thrilled it has been shared. Been listening to a lot of Jerry & Merle lately from Keystone era – great stuff! Your READERS LINKS and SON OF READERS LINKS is also a treasure trove! Well done, friend.

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