Band Grateful Dead
Venue Meramec Community College
Location Kirkwood, MO
Date 5/14/70 - Thursday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [28:21] ; Intro [1:51] ; Don't Ease Me In [2:54] ; [1:35] ; Friend Of The Devil [3:27] ; [0:42] ; Deep Elem Blues [6:07] ; [0:13] ; Silver Threads And Golden Needle [3:36] ; [1:55] ; Candyman [5:26] ; Tuning [0:34] % [0:06]
Two [56:55] ; Six Days On The Road [3:23] ; [0:42] ; Whatcha Gonna Do [4:38] ; [1:16] ; Brown Eyed Handsome Man [3:59] ; [2:31] ; I Don't Know You [4:00] ; [0:41] ; Cecilia [4:04] ; [0:22] ; Can't Pay The Price [4:27] ; [0:33] ; Henry (1) [0:33#] % [2:25] ; Henry [1:11#] % Garden Of Eden [6:21] ; [0:35] ; Fair Chance To Know [4:09] ; [0:11] ; Last Lonely Eagle [5:50] ; [0:20] ; Lodi [4:05] ; [0:11] ; Honky Tonk Women False Start [0:20] ; [0:10] ; The Weight [0:16#]
Three [1:44:29] ; Intro [0:06] ; Casey Jones [4:43] % China Cat Sunflower [3:02] > Jam [2:00] > I Know You Rider [4:03] ; [0:04] % Mama Tried [2:28] > High Time [6:41] % Drums [0:22] > Good Lovin' [1:36] > Drums [3:20] > Good Lovin' [6:16] ; [0:08] % Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [10:47] ; [0:10] % Me And My Uncle [3:19] ; [0:02] % Dire Wolf % Cold Rain And Snow [5:59] ; [0:18] ; Attics Of My Life [5:09] ; [0:09] ; Cumberland Blues [4:14] % New Speedway Boogie [6:25] > Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam [1:13] > New Speedway Boogie [1:29] > Saint Stephen [6:26] > Not Fade Away [6:44] > Turn On Your Lovelight [17:11] ; [0:05]
Encore Cold Jordan
Comments Total time 3:09:45 +. On the structure of mid-70 Dead shows see Comments under 05/02/70b. SET 1 is acoustic Dead. Throughout the first five tunes they are plagued by monitor sound problems and the pauses between songs are full of efforts to fix them. After Candyman Bobby says "Jerry broke a string, and so, we're gonna do some more relaxin'." On the circulating tape this is followed by a splice, after which Sam Cutler comes up on the PA and says "Can Bob Matthews come up on stage and sort out the sound system which isn't working." After another splice the NRPS set opener follows (SET 2). It's hard to guess whether there are acoustic tunes missing after Candyman. The NRPS set is substantially complete except for most of Henry and most of The Weight. (Some copies have the 5/1/70 SBD Little Susie and Uncle John's as fill on II B -- not to be mistaken for part of the missing acoustic set of 5/14/70.)

SET 2 is the NPRS set with Garcia, pedal steel. After Whatcha Gonna Do someone asks Jerry if it's OK, then announces "Alright we're gonna open the back doors and let everybody else in free." Monitor level problems continue during this set. (1) Marmaduke introduces Henry as "our dope-smuggler song -- it's a fantasy." The tape cuts 33 seconds into this tune; when the signal resumes they are yet again trying to get the monitors and PA working right. Marmaduke wonders if the theatrical lighting is drawing power off the PA & suggests turning it down. 2 minutes later they restart Henry but this version too fades down incomplete. After another splice Garden Of Eden begins. After Lodi the drummer starts Honky Tonk Women but the band doesn't follow, he drops it, they pause, then start The Weight instead (which cuts off after only 13 seconds on the circulating tapes). Both tunes were set-closers for NRPS; they might have closed this set with The Weight or gone on to close with Honkytonk. These various cuts aside (some arising from technical difficulties at the show), the tape in circulation appears to represent a complete set. It seems possible the master includes the rest of The Weight.

SET 3 is electric Dead. There are two circulating sources for this show's electric set, an 80 minute SBD and a 45 minute FM-SBD. The 45 FM-SBD contains Casey Jones % China Cat > Rider % Mama Tried > High Time % Good Lovin' % Good Morning Little Schoolgirl. The 80 minute circulating SBD tape has the entire electric set except China Cat > Rider, Good Lovin', and Dire Wolf, with the sequence of tunes misarranged before Cold Rain. David Gans reports this sequence as the contents of vault reels 3, 4 & 5.

The encore is with David Nelson, mandolin, and Marmaduke, bass vocals; it does not appear on the circulating tapes.

Eaton lists:

05/14/70 Merramec College, Kirkwood Mo - complete
4.7, 150min, Sbd, A1D0, Reel M->Cass 1->Dat 0, 48k
7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk->Tascam 122mkIII Cass 1st Gen->3800 x 0
Recordings 190 SB
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk
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Contributors Jim Powell Gordon Sharpless citing Ed Lammer David Gans Dick Latvala Rob Eaton
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