Band Grateful Dead
Venue Avalon Ballroom
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 4/5/69 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [52:30] ; Intro [0:07] ; Dupree's Diamond Blues [3:51] > Mountains Of The Moon [3:48] > Jam [2:14] > Dark Star [17:32] > St. Stephen [5:40] > The Eleven (1) [1:11] > Turn On Your Love Light [17:23]
Two [1:24:06] ; Hard To Handle [#5:52] > Cosmic Charlie [7:44] ; [0:13] ; China Cat Sunflower [3:26] > Jam [2:20] > Doin' That Rag [7:41] ; Cryptical Envelopment [2:03] > Drums [0:25] > The Other One [9:30] > Cryptical Envelopment [5:#58] > The Eleven [9:07] > It's A Sin [4:57] ; [1:12] ; Alligator [3:52] > Drums [3:52] > drummers' chant [0:15] > Drums [0:12] > Feedback [8:12] > And We Bid You Good Night [3:07]
Comments Total time [2:13:48]. Jerry plays acoustic guitar during Dupree's and Mountains, switching to electric just short of 2 minutes into the following Jam. The beginning of Hard To Handle is clipped on the circulating tape, which also has a cut, probably brief, 5:30 into the Cryptical reprise.

The Eleven analyzes ... St. Stephen > (1) 1st vocals 1:11 ... ... The Other One > Eleven Jam 3:02 > Eleven vocals 0:40 > Eleven Jam 4:08 > Eleven 2nd theme Jam 1:01 > transition 0:13 > It's A Sin.

Just before Cryptical Envelopment and again before Alligator Bobby noodles the opening chords of Weather Report Prelude.

In the pause after It's A Sin Jerry asks the audience "What do you want to hear that lasts 10 minutes" -- obviously he'd just been told by the Avalon's stage manager that they had 10 minutes left on the set. The following sequence beginning with Alligator runs 19:56, mostly on the strength of a monumental passage of Feedback. Perhaps this has a bearing on the stage manager's draconian behavior in unplugging the Dead the following night during Viola Lee.

Eaton's list reads:

04/05/69 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco Ca - complete
4.9, 133min, Sbd, A0D1, Reel M->Dat 1, 44k,
7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk->3700 x 0->3800 x 1

Recordings 134 SB reels
Master recording source(s): 7inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk
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