Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore East
Location New York, NY
Date 5/15/70a - Friday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [58:21] ; Intro [0:58] ; Don't Ease Me In [2:52] ; [0:58] ; I Know You Rider [7:56] ; [1:06] ; The Rub [3:06] ; [3:08] ; Friend Of The Devil [3:16] ; [0:32] ; Long Black Limousine [4:30] ; [0:53] ; Candyman [5:23] ; [1:41] ; Cumberland Blues [4:27] ; [0:22] ; New Speedway Boogie [6:00] ; [0:46] ; Cold Jordan [2:30] ; [0:51]
Two [45:04] ; Intro [1:23] ; Six Days On The Road [3:33] ; [0:44] ; Watcha Gonna Do [4:09] ; [0:33] ; I Don't Know You [3:50] ; [0:33] ; Henry [3:25] ; [0:31] ; Portland Woman [4:30] ; [0:20] ; Fair Chance To Know [4:11] ; [0:45] ; Last Lonely Eagle [2:01#] % Mama Tried [3:00] ; [0:09] ; Sawmill [3:22] ; [0:39] ; Me And My Uncle [3:35] ; [1:25] ; Connection [5:06] ; [0:10] %
Three [59:04] ; Intro [0:06] ; Casey Jones [4:20] ; [1:30] ; Easy Wind [7:52] ; Attics Of My Life [5:13] ; [1:22] ; Saint Stephen [5:49] > Cryptical Envelopment [1:56] > Drums [6:54] > The Other One [11:09] > Cryptical Envelopment [4:22] > Cosmic Charlie [7:31]
Encore Tuning [2:28] ; New Minglewood Blues [3:20] ; [0:54]
Comments This is the Early Show. Early Show total time 2:49:01 +. On the structure of mid-70 Dead shows see Comments under 05/02/70b. SET 1 is the Early Show acoustic Dead set. Bill Graham Intro. On Cumberland and New Speedway David Nelson joins in on acoustic guitar while Jerry shifts to electric. On Cold Jordan Nelson switches to mandolin. Marmaduke adds harmony vocals to the last three tunes. Pigpen plays organ on New Speedway. SET 2 is the Early Show NRPS set with Garcia, pedal steel. Everything after the Last Lonely Eagle fragment is missing on the surreptitious master of this show. Evidently it has been supplemented from another master on the newly circulating Cds, which now add different versions of the tunes following Eagle. One wonders if this other master could also complete the Eagle, which usually features a big pedal steel solo. SET 3 is electric Dead. Before Saint Stephen Pigpen says "Alright you people, you know who you are."

Enterprising Fillmore East stagecrew patched a reel-to-reel machine underneath the stage into the PA feed and saved most of this show for us and eternity. They were busy setting up for the Early Show electric Dead set and blew their flip during the Early Show NRPS set, losing the second half of that set as a result, but the rest of this enormous evening's proceedings are recorded in their entirety. The master has only the left channel through the middle of Candyman (there are also splitter-generated 2-channel mono copies circulating). Around 4 hours of this show were broadcast by KPFA-FM Berkeley in 1971, further speeding the propagation of this tape (some early FM copies are dated "6/21/71;" this may be the date of the broadcast). For many years 5/15/70 was THE representative 1970 Dead tape -- Harpur College 5/2/70 and Winterland Arena 10/4/70 its only rivals for wide circulation. Recently a version of the NRPS set for this Early Show has come into circulation, as noted above, apparently supplemented by a second SBD master, presumably from the vault.
Recordings 360 SB (total for 05/15/70a&b)
Master recording source(s): 10inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk
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5/15/70b - Friday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore East
Location New York, NY
Date 5/15/70b - Friday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [45:24] ; The Ballad Of Casey Jones [2:25] ; [0:40] ; Silver Threads And Golden Needle [3:29] ; [0:20] ; Black Peter [7:01] ; [0:24] ; Friend Of The Devil [3:47] ; [2:00] ; Uncle John's Band [6:18] ; [0:32] ; Candyman [5:05] ; [2:16 Intro] ; She's Mine [2:40] ; [0:17] Katie Mae [4:00] ; [1:26] ; A Voice From On High [2:41] ; [0:09]
Two [1:15:26] ; Intro [3:22] ; Brown Eyed Handsome Man [3:51] ; [0:32] ; Louisiana Lady [5:50] ; [0:26] ; Can't Pay The Price [4:38] ; [0:04] % Truck Drivin' Man [3:33] ; [0:30] ; All I Ever Wanted [7:34] ; [0:51] ; Workin' Man Blues [4:10] ; [0:42] ; Henry [3:27] ; [3:34 broken string] ; I Don't Know You [3:52] ; [0:25] ; Lodi [3:45] ; [0:38] ; Last Lonely Eagle [6:05] ; [0:45] ; Mama Tried [2:58] ; [0:09] ; Sawmill [3:#09] % [0:09] ; Me And My Uncle [3:32] ; [1:26] ; Connection [5:10] ; [0:21]
Three [[1:55:50 +]] ; Intro (1) [0:06] ; China Cat Sunflower [2:24] > Jam [2:06] > I Know You Rider [4:13] ; [0:09] ; Cumberland Blues [4:45] ; [1:02] ; Hard To Handle [5:05] ; [1:41] ; Beat It On Down The Line [2:47] ; [0:47] ; Morning Dew [10:25] ; [0:30] ; Drums [0:58] > Good Lovin' [1:49] > Drums [3:13] > Good Lovin' [7:01] ; [1:12] ; Dire Wolf [3:42] ; [0:39] ; Next Time You See Me [3:21] ; [1:21] % Dark Star [19:29] > Saint Stephen [4:#02] > Drums [0:25] > Not Fade Away [6:28] > Turn On Your Lovelight [26:#16]
Encore [8:44] ; Tuning [3:52] ; Cold Jordan [2:15] ; [2:37]
Comments This is the Late Show. Late show total time 3:58:55 +. Early & Late Shows total time 6:33:29 +. SET 1 is the Late Show acoustic Dead set complete. David Nelson plays mandolin on A Voice From On High and Marmaduke adds bass vocals. SET 2 is the complete Late Show NRPS set with Garcia, pedal steel. Bob Weir guests on vocals for Mama Tried, Sawmill and Me And My Uncle. There is a brief cut in Sawmill, with less than 10 seconds lost. After this set the master contains 15:13 of continuing signal, comprising parts of Side B of Abbey Road (playing on the PA during the break) interspersed with the sounds of the stage being rigged -- Drums nailed down, etc -- followed by the sounds of tuning up. SET 3 is electric Dead. (1) Bill Graham Intro.
Beat It On Down The Line gets 14 beats. In the pause after Next Time You See Me Pigpen says, in response to an audience request for Alligator, "Don't be hollerin no emergency warnings in a place like this. An alligator in here could chomp off a buncha feet." Phil meanwhile is teasing Dark Star. Just before the cassette side cuts off, Jerry Teases the introductory riff of Attics. When the tape resumes on the next cassette Dark Star begins. From the tape it's impossible to tell whether or not in the interval they repeated Attics from the Early Show but it seems likelier that they didn't. There is a cut 2:17 into Saint Stephen; probably around 60 - 90 seconds are missing here. There is a cut 13:33 into Lovelight, but probably only a few seconds are lost. Over the last year it has been rumored that there is another SBD master of this show in the vault, which includes the rest of the Early Show NRPS set (and which would probably allow us to patch the few other glitches on the circulating master); however, nothing has emerged besides rumors thus far. Meanwhile, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those resourceful Fillmore East crewmembers who took the bull by the horns and MADE TAPE. Muchas Garcias, guys.

Eaton lists:

05/15/70 The Fillmore East, New York City Ny - early acoustic
4.8, 060min, Sbd, A0D3, Reel M->PCM 0->Dat 2, 44k,
10inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk->PCM x 0->Dat x 2
05/15/70 The Fillmore East, New York City Ny - early electric
4.8, 069min, Sbd, A0D3, Reel M->PCM 0->Dat 2, 44k,
10inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk->PCM x 0->Dat x 2
05/15/70 The Fillmore East, New York City Ny - late acoustic
4.8, 071min, Sbd, A0D3, Reel M->PCM 0->Dat 2, 44k,
10inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk->PCM x 0->Dat x 2
05/15/70 The Fillmore East, New York City Ny - late electric
4.8, 119min, Sbd, A0D3, Reel M->PCM 0->Dat 2, 44k,
10inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk->PCM x 0->Dat x 2
Recordings 340 SB (total for 05/15/70a&b)
Master recording source(s): 10inch Master Reels@7.5ips 1/2trk
Download Sources
Contributors Jim Powell Alan Mande Tim Anderson
Caretaker Jim Powell email update