Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore East
Location New York, NY
Date 2/11/70b - Wednesday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:20:46] ; Intro [0:30] ; Not Fade Away [11:58] ; [0:02] % Cumberland Blues [4:39] % [0:08] ; Cold Rain And Snow [5:16] ;[0:04] % [0:14] ; High Time [6:48] % [0:09] ; Me And My Uncle [2:58] ; [0:06] % [0:07] ; Dark Star [16:20] > Spanish Jam [9:23] > Turn On Your Lovelight [32:49] ; [0:49]
Encore [5:51] ; Intro [0:13] ; Uncle John's Band [5:14] ; [0:24]
Comments Late Show. Total time 1:26:37 +. Intro by Keeva Krystal. Arthur Lee of Love adds percussion to the Dark Star. The third guitarist audible starting about 2:30 into Dark Star and for several minutes thereafter is Peter Green. Duane Allman on slide guitar enters around the middle of Dark Star. Gregg Allman adds organ & vocals during Lovelight, and Barry Oakley plays a second bass on Lovelight. Richard Pipes believes Fleetwood Mac-member Danny Kirwan's guitar is also to be discerned in the background. The encore is acoustic Dead, with only one acoustic guitar. The timings are from the AUD supplemented by the SBD. The Allman Bros and Love were also on the bill.

There are also two SBDs in circulation. The one that has circulated for many years starts 10:23 minutes into the Dark Star, with the best copies breaking off 3:41 before the end of the Lovelight (or cutting to an AUD patch); however, most copies of the SBD in circulation break off about a minute earlier. Usually the beginning of this tape is patched in from the AUD. Recently a new copy of a SBD has come into circulation. It includes the entire Late Show but at 6:58 into the Dark Star it has a cut in which 3:52 is missing; there are also copies of this SBD in circulation with this cut patched from the AUD. It also has a cut at 30:16 of Lovelight, with 0:27 missing; this also can be patched from the AUD. Probably the older circulating SBD comes from the surreptitious master (see below) while the recent copy comes from the vault master (this is speculation, however).


Reportedly it was during this Late Show that clever and industrious Fillmore East stagecrew members including John Chester and Alan Mande managed to patch a Revox reel-to-reel deck with 15-inch reels into the PA feed underneath the stage, and the moment when our circulating SBD tape picks up the Dark Star, 10:23 after its opening, is the moment when they managed to get their jury-rigged system up and running. Circulating copies of this SBD master break off 3:41 before the end of the Lovelight; perhaps this cut is on the master. In addition to this 45 minute from 2/11/70 our enterprising heroes taped the Late Shows on the 13th and 14th (but apparently not the Early Shows), and copies of these tapes have been in circulation since the early 70s.

Bear also ran SBD masters of the 13th and 14th, and much of this material has now been released on Bear's Choice and Dick's Pick 4. However, it is unclear whether there is any SBD from the 11th in the vault. For the Dick's Picks 4 release, Jeffrey Norman patched gaps in the vault SBDs of the 13th and 14th using the surreptitious second SBD masters -- good karma all around. The GD Records / Polygram Records CD, "Allman Bros Band Fillmore East February 1970," (GDCD 4063) releases tape of the Allmans from this run and may contain tunes from this date.

Recently, SBD tapes of the Early Shows from 2/13 and 2/14 have come into circulation, in FM and pre-FM copies.

Besides the several SBDs from this run there are also two AUD tapes in circulation, one of the 2/11/70 Late Show and one of the 2/13/70 Early Show (see Comments under this date). There is a complete copy of the 2/11/70 AUD master in circulation, and it also appears as patches for the first 10:23 of the Dark Star and last 3:41 of the Lovelight, otherwise missing on the older circulating SBD tape, and in patches of the missing 3:52 starting at 6:58 of the more recently circulated SBD. The AUD of the 2/13/70 Early Show could easily be by the same taper as the 2/11/70 AUD. Both tapes have strong saturation and strong bass, and both have decent but not perfect mic placement, and as a result boomy in the bass with considerable hall resonance and audience noise. There is no evidence of AUD tape from the 14th in circulation.

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02/11/70 The Fillmore East, New York City Ny - xcerpt
4.9, 115min, Sbd, A0D1, Reel M->Dat 1, 44k,
7inch Master Reels@15ips 1/2trk->3700 x 0->3700 x 1
Recordings 90 A? 45 SB
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reels@15ips 1/2trk
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