Band Grateful Dead
Venue Harpur College - State University Of New York
Location Binghamton, NY
Date 5/2/70 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
Acoustic [57:42] ; Tuning [1:45] ; Don't Ease Me In [3:41] ; [0:15] ; I Know You Rider [6:52] ; [0:58] ; Friend Of The Devil [3:31] ; [2:27] ; Dire Wolf [3:25] ; [1:31] ; Beat It On Down The Line [2:44] > Black Peter [7:31] > Candyman [1:46] > Cumberland Blues [5:00] ; [0:48] ; Deep Elem Blues [5:19] ; [2:09] ; Cold Jordan [2:22] ; [0:12] ; Uncle John's Band [6:11] ; [0:15]
One [58:40] ; Workin' Man Blues [3:34] ; [0:27] ; Watcha Gonna Do [3:44] ; [0:33] ; Glendale Train [1:55#] % Brown Eyed Handsome Man [4:09] ; [0:18] ; Truck Drivin' Man [2:53] ; [0:28] ; Can't Pay The Price [4:45] % All I Ever Wanted [6:40] ; [0:36] ; Henry [3:18] % Lodi [4:15] ; [0:36 Intro] ; Sawmill [3:20] ; [0:12] ; The Race Is On [1:59] ; [0:18] ; Mama Tried [3:00] ; [0:30] ; Me And My Uncle [3:27] ; [0:10] % The Weight [6:19] ; [0:08]
Two [1:22:36] ; Saint Stephen [#3:33] > Cryptical Envelopment [1:55] > Drums [3:28] > The Other One [13:55] > Cryptical Envelopment [8:59] > Cosmic Charlie [7:23] ; [0:49] ; Casey Jones [4:45] ; [0:09] ; Drums [0:29] > Good Lovin' [1:55] > Drums [3:03] > Good Lovin' [9:29] ; [0:15] % Cold Rain And Snow [7:30] % [0:04] ; It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World [8:45] ; [1:17] ; Dancing In The Street [14:57] ; [0:45]
Three [32:25] ; Morning Dew [11:41] ; [1:00] ; Viola Lee Blues [15:19] > Feedback [1:19] > And We Bid You Good Night [3:06] ; [1:50]
Comments AN EVENING WITH THE GRATEFUL DEAD MID-1970

Harpur College, Binghamton 5/2/70 is the first show from 1970 where we have tape of the complete three-part concert that comprised a Dead show in mid-1970. Speaking to Dick Lawson in England around 5/24/70, Garcia said:

"We're going through some transitions. Our music is not what it was: it's continually changing. What we've been doing in the States lately is having like 'an evening with the Grateful Dead.' We start off with acoustic music with Bobby and I playing guitars, light Drums and very quiet electric bass. Pigpen plays the organ. Then we have a band we've been travelling with, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, where I play pedal steel, not guitar, Mickey plays Drums, and three of our friends from the coast, musicians that we've known for a long time, are fronting the band. So we start off with acoustic muisc and then The New Riders of the Purple Sage -- it's like very snappy electric country-rock; it's kinda hard to describe -- and then we come on with the electric Dead, so it keeps us all really interesting, and it's six hours of this whole development thing. By the end of the night it's very high."

(Dick Lawson, "What Will Be The Answer To The Answer Then?," Friends, 12 June 1970, p. 11)

Eaton lists:
05/02/70 Harpur College, Binghampton Ny - complete
4.8, 182min, Sbd, A0D1, Reel M->Dat 1, 44k,
7inch Master Reel@7.5ips 1/2trk->3700 x 0->3800 x 1

Total time 4:01:11 + (including 05/02/70b SET 1). The SBD of the Dead's portion of this show, minus Cold Rain And Snow, has been released as Dick's Picks 8. Timings are based on these CDs except for the NRPS set and Cold Rain, which are from the circulating SBD cassettes.
David Nelson plays acoustic guitar on Cumberland Blues while Jerry switches to electric. Nelson plays mandolin on Cold Jordan and Marmaduke adds bass harmony vocals.

Set One is the complete NRPS set, with Garcia on pedal steel guitar. Sawmill through Me And My Uncle feature vocals by "special guest Bobby Ace, formerly of Cards Off The Bottom (haw)." There are two tapes from this set in circulation. 9 of the last 11 tunes of the set appear following Uncle John on side B of a cassette containing the rest of the 5/2/70 acoustic set on side A. The complete set except The Weight appears on another circulating 90 SBD cassette, following the last six tunes of the 5/1/70 NRPS set; this cassette probably stems from a band work tape (see Comments under 05/01/70). Set Two is the first electric Dead set. The first 1:45 of Saint Stephen are missing on the master. There is a Tighten Up Jam starting about 5:30 into Dancin.

Set Three is the the second electric Dead set
Recordings 245 SB Dick's Picks 8
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reel@7.5ips 1/2trk
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