Band Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 10/24/69 - Friday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [[44:32 +]] ; Casey Jones [#3:49] % [0:57] ; Dire Wolf [3:53] > High Time [6:59] ; [0:58] ; Easy Wind [7:58] ; China Cat Sunflower [3:04] > Jam [1:53] > I Know You Rider [4:14] ; [0:02] % The Other One [#0:52] Cryptical Envelopment [3:06] > Jam [1:42] > Cosmic Charlie [3:15#]
Comments Phil teases Good Lovin' before Easy Wind. Most likely The Other One was preceded by Cryptical > Drums. The Jam between Cryptical and Cosmic takes the opening riff of Cosmic Charlie & blends it with the rhythms of the Jam out of Cryptical. DeadBase IX lists a Hard To Handle before China Cat and, after Cosmic Charlie, Mama Tried ; Good Lovin'. This is an excellent job of audience taping. According to Michael Parrish, who saw this show, the order of performances was "Doug Kershaw, Sons of Champlin, Dead (one set), Airplane. On the next night the Dead closed.
Recordings 45 AF
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10/25/69 - Saturday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 10/25/69 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [61:58] ; High Time [0:10] ; Dark Star [21:42] > St. Stephen [6:00] > The Eleven [9:26#] > Turn On Your Love Light [21:57] ; [2:20]
Comments There are two reels of Grateful Dead from this show in the vault and the newly circulating tape contains their complete contents as listed here, except that the first reel opens with a snippet of the end of High Time.

This Dark Star features the earliest known "Feelin Groovy" Jam or "Bridge" Jam.

The Eleven analyzes St. Stephen > 1st vocast 1:09 > transition Jam 0:15# % + #1:18 > Eleven Jam 3:48 > Eleven vocals 0:42 > Eleven Jam 2:01 > Eleven 2nd theme transition 0:13 > Turn On Your Love Light.

Responding to the applause after Turn On Your Love Light Bill Graham says: "We may be a little prejudiced but let's get one thing said -- on any given night, the very greatest rock and roll band in the world, The Grateful Dead." He goes on to introduce Stephen Stills, who plays on Turn On Your Love Light.

The old cassette copy of this show contains Dark Star through the William Tell vocals at the beginning of The Eleven. The snippet of Good Lovin' which follows this on some copies of this side does not belong to this date. On the other side of this cassette are six tunes from a Jefferson Airplane set from this date (Somebody To Love, Young Girl Sunday Blues, Wooden Ships, Volunteers, Saturday Afternoon, Uncle Sam's Blues).

On the old cassette Dark Star is preceded by a count off and a 1-note false start from Phil, followed by a second count off. This is clipped on the newly circulating copy.

According to DeadBase IX before Dark Star they played Good Lovin' ; Me & My Uncle ; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Casey Jones ; High Time. Reportedly it is not presently in the vault (12/99). Eaton lists a 28 minute SBD reel excerpt from this date, perhaps containing these tunes.

Jefferson Airplane and Sons of Champlin were also on the bill. Sons of Champlin probably opened. If these are two sets then it may mean that the Dead and the Airplane played two sets each, taking turns. DeadBase IX lists Hot Tuna as well, though they do not appear on the poster for the show ; their set could have been one of the Airplane sets, or part of one of these sets.

Eaton lists:

10/25/69 Winterland Arena, San Francisco Ca - xcerpt
4.6, 028min, Sbd, A1D0, Reel M->Reel 1->Dat 0, 48k,
7inch Master Reel@15ips 1/2trk->Technics 1st Gen Reel->3700 x 0

Recordings
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reel@15ips 1/2trk
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10/26/69 - Sunday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 10/26/69 - Sunday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [[48:07 +]] ; Jam [3:43] ; [0:14] % [0:14] ; Hard To Handle [6:38] ; [0:25] ; Cold Rain And Snow [5:20] ; [0:09] ; Me And My Uncle [3:26] ; [0:02] % Next Time You See Me [#3:41] ; [2:01] ; Dire Wolf [5:15] ; [1:14] ; Casey Jones [4:34] ; [0:53] ; Easy Wind [10:03] ; [0:10]
Comments The newly circulating 50-minute SBD tape contains the beginning of the Dead's set. Probably as much more is missing. DeadBase IX's list agrees with this tape through Casey Jones ; after Casey Jones, instead of Easy Wind it lists King Bee ; Beat It On Down The Line ; Good Lovin' ; Doin' That Rag ; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Baby Blue.

The poster for this weekend's shows at Winterland reads "2 days only - Fri+Sat Oct. 24+25." The Sunday show must have been added later -- not unusual at BGP in those days.

Jerry addresses the chorus of Dire Wolf to the "Zodiac killer."

The Dead opened for the Airplane at this show, as on Friday (the Airplane opened Saturday). A 100-minute SBD tape of the complete Jefferson Airplane set circulates ; it contains: Good Shepherd ; Wild Thyme ; Greasy Heart ; We Can Be Together ; Come Back Baby ; Martha ; Plastic Fantastic Lover ; Drifting ; It's No Secret ; The Other Side Of This Life ; Wooden Ships ; Eskimo Blue Day ; You Wear Your Dresses Too Short ; The Ballad Of You Me & Pooneil.

Eaton lists:

10/26/69 Winterland Arena, San Francisco Ca - xcerpt
4.7, 049min, Sbd, A1D0, Reel M->Cass 1->Dat 0, 48k,
7inch Master Reels@15ips 1/2trk->Tascam 122mkIII Cass 1st Gen->3800 x 0

Recordings 49 SB (reel)
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reels@15ips 1/2trk
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