Band Grateful Dead
Venue DuPont Gym - MIT
Location Cambridge, MA
Date 5/7/70 - Thursday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:06:44] ; Don't Ease Me In [3:04] ; [0:23] ; I Know You Rider (1) [7:41] ; [1:57] ; Friend Of The Devil [3:30] ; [1:15] ; Me And My Uncle [3:16] ; [0:31] ; Deep Elem Blues [6:10] ; [0:28] ; Candyman [5:39] ; [4:44] % Cumberland Blues [4:58] ; [0:17] ; New Speedway Boogie [7:23] ; [1:02] ; Black Peter [6:26] ; [0:10] ; Uncle John's Band [7:08] ; [0:22]
Two [1:14:07] ; Whatcha Gonna Do [3:51] ; [2:42] ; Six Days On The Road [3:26] ; [2:12] ; I Don't Know You [3:44] ; [2:04] ; Portland Woman [4:09#] % Henry [3:35] ; [0:56] % Workin' Man Blues [4:18] ; [1:01] ; All I Ever Wanted [7:38] ; [0:40] ; Fair Chance To Know [3:30#] % Last Lonely Eagle [5:50] ; [0:37] ; Lodi [4:13] ; [1:08] ; The Race Is On [2:38] ; [0:18#] % Seasons Of My Heart [#2:48] ; [1:06] ; Mama Tried [2:53] > Sawmill [3:44] ; [0:44] ; Honky Tonk Women [4:40]
Three [02:00:41] ; Drums [0:10] > Good Lovin' [1:40] > Drums [1:17] > Good Lovin' [5:15] % Cold Rain And Snow [5:31] ; [0:12] % [0:18] ; Dire Wolf [4:16] ; [0:55] ; Easy Wind [9:50] ; [1:22] ; Beat It On Down The Line [2:49] > High Time [6:58] ; [0:16] % Cryptical Envelopment [1:54] > Drums [2:42] > The Other One [8:57] > Cryptical Envelopment [5:57] > Cosmic Charlie [6:43] ; [0:06] % Casey Jones [4:46] ; [0:07] % I'm A King Bee [7:49] ; [0:06] % [0:17] ; The Frozen Logger [0:30] > Drums [0:40] > Not Fade Away [8:16] > Turn On Your Lovelight [17:19] > Saint Stephen Jam [1:23] > Jam [0:38] > Darkness Jam [1:07] > Jam [2:47] > China Cat Jam [1:48] > Turn On Your Lovelight [5:57] ; [0:55]
Comments Total time 4:21:32 +. These timings represent a composite of the two circulating AUD masters. On the structure of mid-70 Dead shows see Comments under 05/02/70b. SET 1 is acoustic Dead. (1) Monitor check after I Know You Rider
Jerry plays electric guitar on Cumberland and New Speedway Boogie, while Bobby continues on acoustic guitar. Apparently David Nelson adds a second acoustic guitar to New Speedway and perhaps Cumberland, since Bobby & Jerry both introduce him after New Speedway; it is very difficult to pick out his guitar on the circulating tapes, however.

SET 2 is NRPS with Garcia, pedal steel. The cut in Fair Chance To Know is the tape flip; it's harder to figure what happened with the cut before Seasons -- it may not be on the master. Somebody adds soaring harmony vocals to Last Lonely Eagle. The Race Is On, Seasons, Mama Tried and Sawmill feature vocals by "special guest star Bobby Ace, formerly of Bobby Ace And The Cards Off The Bottom."

SET 3 is electric Dead. By way of introduction to Dire Wolf Jerry says "This is a little paranoid-in-the-streets mantra -- if you want to think of it that way." Beat It On Down The Line gets 30 beats in response to an audience-member's reply to the question "What's a good number?" -- at first this query elicits cries for "Alligator" & Jerry replies "He didn't mean that kind of number. He meant the other kind of number -- you know, 'one, two...' ." The Jam after the Darkness Jam includes hints of NFA, Lovelight, Caution and the Saint Stephen Jam. There was no encore.

Together the two circulating AUD masters from this show present us with that rare thing, a recording of the (nearly) complete sequence of events at your typical mid-1970 3-set show (acoustic Dead - NRPS - electric Dead) -- and a generous high-energy show at that. Circulating copies of the more nearly complete AUD master contain the entire show except a few cuts and glitches; notably, this master has several cuts in the NRPS set (listed above), is missing the first couple bars of Easy Wind, loses levels late in this tune, and is missing The Frozen Logger and the first 2:05 of the Drums > Not Fade Away. There are at least two different copies of this master in circulation, one that's been around for more than a decade, marked by its omission of the NRPS set, and the other, apparently from a much more recent retranscription of the master, which includes the NRPS set. The more complete version tends to be cleaner as well; the other glitches are on both copies & presumably on the master.

The circulating copy of the second AUD master contains 70 minutes of excerpts from the electric Dead set, (#Cold Rain; Dire Wolf; Easy Wind; Beat It; High Time; That's It > Cosmic Charlie; I'm A King Bee; The Frozen Logger; and Not Fade Away, which breaks off near the end); this is sufficient to cover all the electric set flaws on the first master but offers no help with the NRPS set. Both masters make very listenable AUD tape. The mics for the more nearly complete master were placed further back; it has more audience noise on it, including the group among whom it was recorded, who have quite an amusing party but manage to be quiet during songs. The 70 minute excerpts tape has much less audience noise, and a crisp bass; the mics were much closer in, and this tape sometimes circulates mislabeled "SBD."
Recordings 262 A? 70 AF
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