Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore Auditorium
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 11/8/69 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:06:51] ; Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [#12:43] ; [0:18] % Casey Jones [4:14] ; [0:09] % Dire Wolf [7:44] ; [0:08] % Easy Wind [8:24] ; [0:12] % [0:06] ; China Cat Sunflower [3:00] > Jam [3:03] > I Know You Rider [3:18] > High Time [7:16] ; [0:22] ; Mama Tried [2:39] ; [0:09] ; Good Lovin' [1:37] > Drums [2:19] > Good Lovin' [4:34] ; [0:12] % [0:06] ; Cumberland Blues [4:08] % [0:30]
Two [1:36:32] ; Dark Star [14:08] > The Other One [12:05] > Dark Star [1:08] > Uncle John's Jam [2:25] > Dark Star [3:05] > St. Stephen [6:32] > The Eleven [15:03] > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) [16:22#] > Jam with recitation [#0:52] > Main Ten Jam [3:04] > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) [8:40] > space [8:10] > Feedback [4:16] > And We Bid You Good Night [3:02] ; [0:56]
Comments Total time [2:43:23 +]. It is impossible to tell from the tapes in circulation whether this is two sets or one, but it seems long for one (notice also the 1st-set-concluding Cumberland on 12/11/69). Circulating tapes are superceded by the release of this show as a Dick's Picks selection.

The China Cat > Rider circulates in rather poor AUD. There are no other signs of the rest of this AUD master in circulation. The tape of Dark Star through Uncle John's Jam in circulation labeled "AUD" is in fact a very degraded copy of the SBD.

The Eleven analyzes: 1st vocals [1:13] > transition Jam [1:31] > Eleven Jam [5:02] > Eleven vocals [0:44] > Eleven Jam [3:09] > Eleven 2nd theme Jam [2:53] > transition Jam in 8s [0:32] > Caution ...

On the circulating tape the second part of Caution breaks off at 16:22, as Pigpen is winding it down. This could be an hour-long reel running out. There must be from 40 seconds to 2 minutes or more of transitional Jamming missing here. When the recording resumes after this splice the band is playing a Jam in 4s. After 12 seconds of this someone recites:

When ya goin truckin down the line,
just past that neighbor,
you're fine,
give him that bright eye,
a saaaaad smile,
and know that we've all been walkin
this same long mile.

The voice is not a bandmember's. Hunter and Kesey have been suggested but it sounds like neither. The recitation is mildly mannered, and slightly suggestive of Dylan's phrasing in Clothesline Saga and other Basement Tapes. Following these verses the Dead almost immediately dissolve the Jam and transit into the Main Ten. The Jam in 4s shares thematic elements with the Main Ten. Perhaps these verses are a first attempt at finding words to go with the Main Ten. On the other hand, the recitation sounds improvised. The identity of the speaker is a mystery still to solve.

Eaton lists:

11/08/69 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco Ca - complete
4.8, 181min, Sbd, A0D2, Reel M->Cass 1->Dat 0, 44k,
7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk-> cTascam 122mkIII Cass 1st Gen->3800 x0

Recordings 155 SB reels 10 A? Dick's Picks #16
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk
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