Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 2/5/70 - Thursday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:05:20] ; Seasons Of My Heart [3:42] % [0:13] ; The Race Is On [2:42] ; [0:09] % Big Boss Man [4:52] ; [0:13] ; Black Peter [9:03] ; [0:15] % [1:05] ; Mason's Children [8:12] ; [0:21] % Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > The Eleven [#9:26] > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) Jam [1:15] > And We Bid You Good Night Jam [1:44] > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) [11:40] > Not Fade Away [5:41] > Cumberland Blues [4:48]
Encore [07:30] ; Uncle John's Band [7:30]
Comments During this run of four shows at Fillmore West (Thurs. - Sun. Feb. 5-8, 1970) the Dead played one long set each night, as is clear from the tapes of 2/6/70 and as Michael Parrish, who attended the shows, confirms.

Garcia plays pedal steel guitar on Seasons and The Race Is On.

There are two different tapes from 2/5/70, a 31:07 minute AUD tape and a 42 minute SBD. The first 5 songs listed are they AUD tape. They appear as filler on the 2/08/70 AUD tape. Probably Mason's Children follows Boss Man and Black Peter. David Hollister, who finally sorted out the identity of Seasons and The Race Is On, thinks that they may belong after Mason's; my guess is they came before, but this is unclear from the tapes. During the pause before Mason's Children various audience members call out for songs and Bobby responds "Just relax and take what you get." Mason's plainly was not a set opener. In the pause after Mason's the tuning sounds like Cryptical might be next, and I have supplemented the list from the tapes based on this assumption.

The 41:43 SBD tape begins with the first 7:00 of Mason's Children, breaks off, then resumes with The Eleven already well under way. Probably this is the conclusion of the show, and Uncle John was probably encore.

DeadBase IX lists a China Cat > Rider as well. Taj Mahal and Bigfoot were also on the bill (DeadBase IX).

The Eleven analyzes Eleven Jam #3:15 > Eleven vocals 0:40 > Eleven Jam 2:46 > Eleven 2nd theme Jam 2:23 > transition 0:22 > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) Jam.

Eaton lists:

02/05/70 The Fillmore West, San Francisco Ca - xcerpt
4.8, 049min, Sbd, A1D0, Reel M->Cass 1->Dat 0, 48k,
7inch Master Reel@7.5ips 1/2trk->Tascam 122mkIII Cass 1st Gen y->3800 x0
Recordings 50 SB 25 AF
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reel@7.5ips 1/2trk
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2/6/70 - Friday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 2/6/70 - Friday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:54:59] ; Cumberland Blues [#5:44] ; [0:11] ; Cold Rain And Snow [5:37] ; [1:13] ; Dire Wolf [4:39] ; [1:08] ; Me And My Uncle [3:21] , [0:28] ; Hard To Handle [6:40] ; [0:22] ; Dancing In The Street [5:#36] ; [0:32] ; Casey Jones [4:20] ; [0:11] % [0:03] ; Mama Tried [2:36] ; [0:06] ; Good Lovin' [1:44] > Drums [3:03] > Good Lovin' [5:16] > High Time [7:23] ; [0:02] % Cryptical Envelopment [1:#25] > Drums [6:09] > The Other One [11:56] > Cryptical Envelopment [0:50] > Black Peter [9:33] ; [0:08] % [0:06] ; Turn On Your Lovelight [23:#33] ; [1:03]
Comments On the set structure of these shows see 2/5/70 Comments. This is probably the Dead's complete performance for the night, except possibly an encore.

There is a cut in Dancing In The Street at 1:22; probably several minutes of Jamming are lost here. There is a cut in Cryptical Envelopment at 1:04 with about 20 seconds missing. There is a cut of uncertain proportions at 3:23 of Lovelight.

Taj Mahal and Bigfoot were also on the bill (DeadBase IX).

Eaton lists:

02/06/70 The Fillmore West, San Francisco Ca - complete
4.8, 114min, Sbd, A1D0, Reel M->Cass 1->Dat 0, 48k,
7inch Master Reel@7.5ips 1/2trk->Tascam 122mkIII Cass 1st Gen->3800 x 0
Recordings 115 SB
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reel@7.5ips 1/2trk
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2/7/70 - Saturday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 2/7/70 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:25:12] ; Green Green Grass of Home [#4:11] ; [0:56] ; Sawmill [3:40] ; [0:21] % Seasons Of My Heart [3:42] ; [2:00] ; China Cat Sunflower [3:12] > Jam [2:36] > I Know You Rider [4:15] > High Time [6:59] ; [3:36] ; Big Boss Man [5:00] ; [0:30] ; Me And My Uncle [3:13] ; [0:35] ; Hard To Handle [7:54] ; [0:26] ; Cold Rain And Snow [5:28] > Uncle John's Band [10:07] > Black Peter [9:57] ; [0:06] % [0:17] ; Good Lovin' [1:39] > Drums [0:10] > Good Lovin' [4:06#]
Comments The timings given here are based on a composite of the AUD and SBD tapes.

Garcia plays pedal steel guitar on the first 3 tunes. On the AUD tape Green Grass cuts in on "as I step down from the train." In the pause after Green Grass Jerry says with droll mock sarcasm "And you thought you were gonna hear rock and roll." -- probably Green Grass opened the set. In the pause after Sawmill Jerry Teases Me And My Uncle repeatedly, but after a splice they play Seasons Of My Heart instead and when they do come around to Me And My Uncle, it's without the pedal steel. In the pause after Seasons Garcia shifts to electric guitar and they "test the monitors;" in the lengthy pause before Boss Man they again try to get the monitors working properly; Bobby remarks on the "jury-rigged house PA," observing that "I hate to point the incriminating finger but I wish he'd leave his shit home."

We are fortunate to have a fairly decent AUD tape of the first hour of this show, since the circulating SBD is rather cut up, with an additional 40 seconds missing from the beginning of Green Grass, nearly a minute missing from the end of Sawmill, 30 seconds lost from the beginning of Seasons, 15 seconds clipped from the beginning of Big Boss Man, Hard To Handle missing entirely, and 45 seconds clipped from the beginning of Cold Rain And Snow. On the other hand the circulating AUD breaks off after the first 4 seconds of Uncle John's Band, while the SBD carries on into Good Lovin'.

For reference and comparison here is a timing of the circulating SBD: Green Green Grass of Home [#3:39] ; [0:11] % [0:21] ; Sawmill [2:49#] % [0:06] % Seasons Of My Heart [#3:14] ; [2:01] ; China Cat Sunflower [3:11] > Jam [2:34] > I Know You Rider [4:15] > High Time [6:55] ; [0:31] % Big Boss Man [#4:45] ; [0:30] ; Me And My Uncle [3:11] ; [0:07] % Cold Rain And Snow [#4:46] > Uncle John's Band ... (timings from here on as above).

Compared with Friday's total of 115 minutes and Sunday's of 138, the 85 minutes of Saturday 2/7/70 preserved on tape seems obviously to fall short by at least a half hour. Obviously we are missing several tunes from the end of this set.

Taj Mahal and Bigfoot were also on the bill (DeadBase IX).

Eaton lists:

02/07/70 The Fillmore West, San Francisco Ca - xcerpt
4.8, 070min, Sbd, A1D0, Reel M->Cass 1->Dat 0, 48k,
7inch Master Reel@7.5ips 1/2trk->Tascam 122mkIII Cass 1st Gen->3800 x 0
Recordings 60 AF 70 SB (vault)
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reel@7.5ips 1/2trk
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2/8/70 - Sunday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 2/8/70 - Sunday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [02:18:25] ; Intro [0:24] ; Smokestack Lightnin' [15:10] ; [2:38] ; Morning Dew [9:07] ; [1:03] ; Dire Wolf [4:21] ; [3:10] ; Me And My Uncle [3:02] ; [0:52 "more Lesh"] ; Sittin' On Top Of The World [3:21] ; [0:57] ; China Cat Sunflower [3:09] > Jam [2:41] > I Know You Rider [4:20] ; [1:58] ; It Hurts Me Too [5:29] ; [0:09] % [0:04] ; Dark Star [26:43] > Saint Stephen [2:37] > Not Fade Away [9:18] > Saint Stephen [2:15] > Turn On Your Lovelight [35:07] ; [0:34]
Comments The timings for Dark Star through Lovelight are based on a composite of the AUD and SBD tapes. Bobby keeps singing Not Fade Away over the first 20 seconds of the Saint Stephen Jam; NFA is timed till the end of these vocals; the Stephen Reprise starts 20 seconds earlier and so actually runs 2:35, counting the overlap.

On the set structure of these shows see 2/5/70 Comments.

In his introduction Graham first presents "Mr. Garcia" with a "photo of Michael J. Brody of RCA-Victor," and then gives this introduction: "Stars of stage, screen and radio, direct from a command performance in New Orleans, these are the Grateful Dead." Bobby explains the pause after Smokestack: "We're waitin' for the Bear to turn on his lovelight" -- then, after a blast of Feedback, "He just did." In the long tuning pause after Dire Wolf Phil Teases Lovelight and Jerry enjoins "everybody just relax," several times.

It is possible that one or more tunes are missing between It Hurts Me Too and Dark Star; it is also possible that nothing is missing here.

The AUD tape has a cut at the end of Dark Star, in which the first 39 seconds of Saint Stephen are lost. This looks like the taper taking the opportunity to flip; the AUD runs unbroken to the end of Lovelight after this cut.

The SBD tape in circulation begins 3:42 before the end of Dark Star and runs for 33:04, cutting off 15:12 into Lovelight; the AUD supplies the remaining 19:55 of Lovelight. This odd scrap, too, suggests there was something unusual about the dimensions of the set. There is a passage of Tighten Up Jam during Lovelight.

The AUD tape of 2/8/70 usually circulates as 2 90-minute cassettes with filler from 2/05/70 (Seasons, The Race Is On, Mason's, Boss Man, Peter). Taj Mahal and Bigfoot were also on the bill (DeadBase IX).

Eaton lists:

02/08/70 The Fillmore West, San Francisco Ca - xcerpt
4.8, 042min, Sbd, A1D0, Reel M->Cass 1->Dat 0, 48k,
7inch Master Reel@7.5ips 1/2trk->Tascam 122mkIII Cass 1st Gen->3800 x 0
Recordings 135 AF 42 SB
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reel@7.5ips 1/2trk
Download Sources
Contributors Jim Powell Michael Parrish David Hollister
Caretaker Jim Powell email update