Band Grateful Dead
Venue The Ark
Location Boston, MA
Date 4/21/69 - Monday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:02:16] ; Hard To Handle [5:26] ; [1:20] ; Morning Dew [8:12] % [0:22] ; Cryptical Envelopment [1:56] > Drums [0:40] > The Other One [9:00] > Cryptical Envelopment [8:#01] > Sittin On Top Of The World [2:58] ; [0:07] % [1:14] ; Alligator [3:43] > Drums [3:32] > Jam [7:24] > Doin' That Rag [6:48]
Two [1:13:32] ; Foxy Lady Jam [2:39] ; [1:00] % [0:29] ; Dark Star [22:48] > St. Stephen [5:41] > The Eleven [12:16] > Turn On Your Love Light [1:17] > Drums [0:36] > Turn On Your Love Light [4:20] > Drums [0:21] > Turn On Your Love Light [15:31] ; [6:10]
Encore [18:07] ; Viola Lee Blues [13:56] > Feedback [4:35#]
Comments Total time [2:33:55]. The Cryptical reprise fades down at 5:55 and fades back up after a 15 second silence ; probably not much more than 15 seconds is lost here.

The Eleven analyzes St. Stephen > 1st vocals 1:05 > transition Jam 1:43 > Eleven Jam 3:40 > Eleven vocals 0:40 > Eleven Jam 3:31 > Eleven 2nd theme Jam 1:44 > Turn On Your Love Light.

Eaton's list reads:

04/21/69 The Ark Club, Boston Ma - complete
4.9, 154min, Sbd, A0D1, Reel M->Dat 1, 44k,
7inch pMaster Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk->3700 x 0->3800 x 1
Recordings 154 SB reels 154 SB Owsley cassette
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk
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Contributors Jim Powell Eric Doherty Dick Latvala Rob Eaton
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4/22/69 - Tuesday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue The Ark
Location Boston, MA
Date 4/22/69 - Tuesday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:03:55] ; Sittin On Top Of The World [2:51] ; [1:14] ; Morning Dew [10:18] ; [2:50] ; Beat It On Down The Line [2:48] > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [8:30] ; [1:42] ; Doin' That Rag [7:36] ; [1:13] ; Cryptical Envelopment [2:00] > Drums [0:45] > The Other One [2:#04] > Cryptical Envelopment [9:21] > Death Don't Have No Mercy [10:20] ; [0:23]
Two [1:32:36] ; monitor levels [3:09] ; Dupree's Diamond Blues [4:21] > Mountains Of The Moon [4:30] > Jam [2:47] > Dark Star [28:09] > St. Stephen [5:27] > The Eleven [12:30] > Turn On Your Love Light [6:53] > Drums [0:28] > Turn On Your Love Light [21:32]
Comments Delicious. Total time [2:36:31 +]. Before Morning Dew Jerry says "We're gonna do some short old stuff, or, some old stuff anyways ... We're the only ones here we can do anything we like -- anything, absolutely anything, so if you can think of anything weird enough for us to do, we'd be more than delighted to do it -- perhaps ; perhaps." There is a cut in The Other One at 1:39, apparently a flip chop on the master cassette ; probably 4 to 9 minutes of Jamming are lost here. Jerry plays acoustic guitar during Dupree's and Mountains, shifting to electric at 1:46 during the Jam after Mountains.

The Eleven analyzes St. Stephen > 1st vocals 1:05 > transition Jam 1:24 > Eleven Jam 4:53 > Eleven vocals 0:40 > Eleven Jam 3:16 > Eleven 2nd theme Jam 1:12 > transition 0:05 > Turn On Your Love Light.

Eaton's list reads:

Recordings 160 SB reels 160 SB Owsley cassette
Master recording source(s): Cass Master
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Contributors Jim Powell Eric Doherty Dick Latvala
Caretaker Jim Powell email update


4/23/69 - Wednesday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue The Ark
Location Boston, MA
Date 4/23/69 - Wednesday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [1:18:40] ; Introduction [0:39] ; He Was A Friend Of Mine [10:59] ; [0:39] ; Dark Star [21:02} > St. Stephen [1:38#] % It's A Sin [#2:04] > St. Stephen [2:16] > Cryptical Envelopment [1:58] > Drums [0:45] > The Other One [8:40] > Cryptical Envelopment [6:55] > Sittin On Top Of The World [2:57] > Turn On Your Love Light [18:28]
Two [1:17:40] ; Morning Dew [9:29] ; [0:45] ; Hard To Handle [6:06] ; [0:21] ; Doin' That Rag [6:56] ; [0:24] ; Alligator [3:41] > Drums [4:40] > drummer's chant [0:22] > Jam [3:18] > The Eleven [8:59] > Jam [7:45] > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) [12:52#] % Feedback [#2:54] > And We Bid You Good Night [3:28] ; [3:24]
Encore [10:25] ; Not Fade Away tease [1:12] ; [0:54] ; It's All Over Now Baby Blue [7:39] ; [0:40]
Comments Total time [2:50:09 +]. There are probably several minutes of music missing in the tape break in the first set. This cut comes early to be a reel flip ; if it is on the master there must have been some mishap with the taping. Jerry plays slide on Hard To Handle. The Jams before and after The Eleven are in 8s. The Eleven does not include the William Tell opening vocals ; it begins with the Jam in 11s.

The Eleven analyzes Jam > Eleven Jam 5:02 > Eleven vocals 0:40 > Eleven Jam 1:37 > Eleven 2nd theme Jam 1:35 > transition 0:05 > Jam.

The second Jam in 8s includes quotations of Mountain Jam and of the instrumental bridge out of GDTRFB (resembling Bid You Goodnight). There are brief cuts in the SBD at 0:31 into the 2nd Jam in 8s and again at 1:48. The first of these cuts comes about 45 minutes into the set and probably represents a reel flip. There is a cut in Caution at 8:01 ; some vocals are lost here and the tag end of the vocals seems to fade down, making this resemble an edit and raising the question of what's on the vault copy. Caution breaks off at 12:52 ; at least 30-60 seconds of Jamming and transition to Feedback must be lost here, plus some of Feedback. The encore is preceded by 3:24 of the audience chanting "more more more." Bobby stops the NFA tease with "We're gonna take a minute here and tune up." Jerry concludes the show with: "Thanks alot. We'll see you the next time the band is in town. You've been good people."

Eaton's list reads:

04/23/69 The Ark Club, Boston Ma - complete
4.7, 166min, Sbd, A1D0, Reel M->Cass 1->Dat 0, 44k,
7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk->Tascam 122mkIII Cass 1st Gen->3800 x 0

Recordings 180 SB vault reels
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk
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Contributors Jim Powell Nathan Wolfson Thayer Jennings Christian Crumlish Kevin Weil Gordon Sharpless
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