Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 12/4/69 - Thursday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:54:39] ; Intro [1:32] ; Casey Jones [4:10] ; [1:04] ; Black Peter [12:27] ; [2:49] ; Big Boss Man [4:20] ; [0:18] ; Me And My Uncle [3:38] ; [0:40] ; Cumberland Blues [4:56] ; [0:48] ; Dire Wolf [1:08#] % Dark Star [29:28] > High Time [7:00] ; [0:25] ; Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [12:40] > Good Lovin' [1:58] > Drums [5:38] > Good Lovin' [5:06] ; [0:36] ; China Cat Sunflower [3:07] > Jam [3:04] > I Know You Rider [3:50] ; [0:34] ; Uncle John's Band [5:53] ; [0:30]
Comments The copy of the SBD newly circulating on CD is still somewhat degraded, and the mix isn't great, but is a major improvement on the old circulating cassette copy and quite listenable.

The introduction centers on discussion of the free concert scheduled for December 6. Originally the Dead were supposed to close this concert, headlined by the Rolling Stones, and including Santana, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. It was planned for Golden Gate Park, and the agreement was that the concert would be announced just a few days beforehand, to keep the park and city from being over-impacted. When Mick Jagger announced the concert early to the press, San Francisco Parks & Recreation backed out. As of 12/4 (as another announcement after Black Peter makes clear) concert planners thought they would be staging the show at Sears Point Raceway, but over the next 24 hours the site would be shifted a third and final time, to Altamont Speedway.

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12/04/69 The Fillmore West, San Francisco Ca - complete
4.2, 115min, Sbd, A0D1, Cass M->Dat 1, 44k,
Ampex C-90 Master Cass/no dolby->3700 x 0->3800 x 1

Recordings 115 SB
Master recording source(s): Ampex C-90 Master Cass/no dolby
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12/5/69 - Friday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 12/5/69 - Friday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:47:41] ; Me And My Uncle [3:16] % [0:55] % Casey Jones [4:#22] % Black Peter [9:10] % Mama Tried [2:20] % It Hurts Me Too [#5:16] % Cumberland Blues [6:51] % Cryptical Envelopment [2:02] > Drums [4:#45] > The Other One 8:#23] > Eleven Jam [1:30] > The Other One [2:37] > Cryptical Envelopment [2:13] > Cosmic Charlie [5:#53] % Dancing In The Street [8:34] % Dire Wolf [4:40] % China Cat Sunflower [#3:01] > Jam [5:00] > I Know You Rider [4:03] > High Time [7:04] % Uncle John's Jam [#0:39#] > The Main Ten [#2:43] > It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [11:14]
Comments During the pause after Me & My Uncle, referring to the free concert the next day at Altamont Bobby says "Bear wants me to tell you to bring dope" and Jerry adds "Not only that but it's something to do."

Harry Ely mastered this AUD tape. He was a little fast on his pause button at this show. He clips several songs and pauses three times during Drums. Otherwise, he made quite a decent audience tape for '69 Dead.

Jerry introduces Dire Wolf saying "This is a song you can all sing along on" and as it turned out "Don't murder me, I beg of you, don't murder me" was a good refrain at Altamont. Jerry uses this intro the night before as well.

The longest China Cat > Rider bridge Jam yet features a Caution tease from Phil among its divagations.

The Uncle John's Jam is just a scrap from the song's Jam in 7s. Apparently the previous night was the song's premier (there are Uncle John's Jams on 11/7 and 11/8) but as far as we know they didn't play the tune again till 12/12. Given this taper's fast pause button finger, he's quite capable of having clipped the transition from Uncle John's Jam into the Main Ten, but unless he ran into serious trouble it's difficult to figure how he lost nearly the whole of Uncle John in a flip (he had a flip coming, probably, after Dire Wolf). The evidence leaves it totally unclear whether they played the tune or just the Jam.
Recordings 135 A? cassette
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12/7/69 - Sunday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 12/7/69 - Sunday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:45:45] ; Tuning [0:12] ; Black Peter [9:35] ; [0:27] ; Hard To Handle [5:38] ; [0:05] % [0:13] ; Cumberland Blues [5:00] ; [0:11] ; Mama Tried [2:30] > Easy Wind [8:02] ; [0:59] ; Dancing In The Street [7:44#] % Good Lovin' [#1:28] > Drums [0:14] > Good Lovin' [5:33] ; [0:37] ; China Cat Sunflower [3:14] > Jam [3:14] > I Know You Rider [3:15] > St. Stephen [6:35] > The Eleven [14:18] > Turn On Your Love Light [26:33] ; [0:30]
Comments The circulating soundboard tape is somewhat degraded ; Dancing In The Streets cuts off as the Jam is starting to turn back toward the vocal reprise and the first 20-30 seconds of Good Lovin' are clipped.

Black Peter makes a suitably mournful opener for the night after Altamont.

The Eleven analyzes: 1st vocals [2:10] > transition Jam [1:47] > Eleven Jam [5:05] > Eleven vocals [1:41] > Eleven Jam [3:43] > Eleven 2nd theme Jam [1:52] > Turn On Your Love Light ...

Eaton lists:

12/07/69 The Fillmore West, San Francisco Ca - complete
4.2, 092min, Sbd, A0D1, Cass M->Dat 1, 44k,
Ampex C-90 Master Cass/no dolby->3700 x 0->3800 x 1
Recordings 96 SB
Master recording source(s): Ampex C-90 Master Cass/no dolby
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Contributors Jim Powell
Caretaker Jim Powell email update