Band Grateful Dead
Venue Avalon Ballroom
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 10/11/68 - Friday posters tickets, passes & laminates
Comments
Recordings None in circulation as of 2/02.
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Contributors David Sorochty, , "The Art Of Rock" book p103 [FD 141], Adrian M. Johnson Brian Pollard
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10/12/68 - Saturday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Avalon Ballroom
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 10/12/68 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One Banter (1) [0:23] % [0:37] ; Dark Star [14:53] > Saint Stephen [4:51] > The Eleven [9:58] > Death Don't Have No Mercy [7:#52] (2) [0:31]
Two Cryptical Envelopment [#1:28] > Drums [0:10] > The Other One [7:08] > Cryptical Envelopment [8:30] > New Potato Caboose [3:28] > Jam [3:11] > Drums (3) [1:35] > Jam (4) [7:12] > Feedback [7:15#]
Comments Pigpen was absent. This show has circulated for years mislabeled "10/13/68", but it's really 10/12/68. It wasn't FM broadcast live, but there was a mid-1970's KSAN broadcast of this show (up through the Jam after New Potato) and that is the source of the "10/13/68" tapes. Dick Latvala found the master reel in the vault of the complete set 2, which was not in circulation till recently. Dick has said that this is one of his favorites and he calls it "primal Dead". (1) Before Dark Star: Jerry says "Hold onto your bodies and relax, everybody. Everybody relax for crissakes, everybody just cool it. Everything's gonna be alright. We're gonna play here until, until uh, until we drop." Then Bobby says off mic "you won't remember."
The timed copy has Bobby saying: "Ok, we're gonna do a, we're gonna do a elementary dance number now. It's a foxtrot and it's also a ladies' choice. and uh..." Jerry then says off mic "no, not gonna dance", followed by Dark Star without an audible splice. Different versions of this show have one, or the other, or both of these pieces of banter. Some also have a KSAN announcer's lines spliced in as well. Dark Star: verse 1 at 4:28; Dark Star theme at 8:03; Climax at 10:30; Birth of a Star (a.k.a. Telstar) at 11:46; verse 2 at 13:24. After "one man gathers what another man spills" in Saint Stephen, Bobby says "funniest thing I ever heard". Death Don't: there is a neat splice at 0:12, right at beginning of first verse. (2) Jerry says "We're gonna, uh, we're gonna just, uh, just stop for about five minutes, and uh, get our hands dry. and then we're gonna play some more. But, but in the meantime, you can do whatever you like, while we're, while we're waiting around." (3) the Drums following the 13 Jam ends with distinct Phil bomb (a la Other one). (4) there are Caution motifs during the Jam, but no real Caution Jam.
Recordings 80 SB (complete), 65 FM-SB (incomplete)
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reel @7.5ips 1/2trk
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Contributors Dwight Holmes, David Gans , Jeff Tiedrich, The Compendium Contributors' Mailing List, David Sorochty, , Teddy GoodBear , "The Art Of Rock" book p103 [FD 141], Adrian M. Johnson
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10/13/68 - Sunday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Avalon Ballroom
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 10/13/68 - Sunday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One Dark Star [#13:31] > Saint Stephen [4:53] > The Eleven [13:#12] > Death Don't Have No Mercy [9:07] ; [0:08]
Two Cryptical Envelopment [1:51] > Drums [0:13] > The Other One [7:39] > Cryptical Envelopment [8:38] > New Potato Caboose [3:#00] > Drums [4:40] > Jam [2:10] > Feedback [5:19] ; [0:22]
Comments Pigpen was absent. This list is for the real 10/13/68 (see comments for 10/12/68). Dark Star: Beginning is missing; no banter before Dark Star; verse 1 at 2:15; Dark Star theme at 6:56; Climax at 8:44; Birth of a Star at 10:07; verse 2 at 12:06. After "one man gathers what another man spills" in Saint Stephen, Bobby says "ha ha ha; yeah, that's right". There is a lot of microphone feedback during the William tell verses. The Eleven: neat splice at 12:44. New Potato: Immediately following "all a seer can own" is a splice which cuts back to the ending chord & beginning of drums. Someone shouts "Alligator!". Drums: "Bol" vocals during drums (as in Indian classical). Feedback: As final note fades, someone says "Good Night", then applause, then the emcee says "Ladies & gentlemen, the Grateful Dead!"
Recordings 75 SB
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk
Download Sources
Contributors Dwight Holmes, David Gans , Jeff Tiedrich, The Compendium Contributors' Mailing List, David Sorochty, , Teddy GoodBear , "The Art Of Rock" book p103 [FD 141], Adrian M. Johnson
Caretaker David Sorochty email update