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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