Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 8/17/70 - Monday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [10:12] ; Truckin' [#0:17] ; Let Me In [4:00] % Attics Of My Life [5:37] ; [0:14] ; Friend Of The Devil [0:04#] % Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Two Six Days On The Road % Honky Tonk Woman
Three Dancing In The Street % Mama Tried % It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World % Not Fade Away
Comments On the structure of mid-70 Dead shows see Comments under 05/02/70b. SET 1 is acoustic Dead. The tape containing the timed tunes usually circulates as unidentified filler, but a few copies bear this date, which seems plausible. Someone shouts for Kesey before Let Me In, which produces a mocking comment from Phil; the vibe strongly suggests the Fillmore West.

DeadBase IX lists a Casey Jones for this date. Set 2 was a NRPS set and SET 3 was electric dead. There is a review of this show by Michael Lydon posted on the Rolling Stone website. The untimed tunes are from the review.

Teddy GoodBear and Dave Tamarkin strongly dissent from this dating of the tape. They point out that the best copies they've located appear as filler on Ken Leigh's NYC area AUD masters. They believe that this tape is probably Ken's master from a show in fall '70 in the NYC area. They may be correct.

"Grateful Dead I Have Known," by Ed McClanahan (Playboy, March 72), is based on this run of shows. He doesn't get all the details right (or necessarily mean to -- he doesn't aim to publish a setlist) and it's definitely self-indulgent writing in the manner of Hunter Thompson & Tom Wolfe, but he does catch a hint of the flavor of the venue and the event, if from a tourist's point of view. A copy of the text of the article is available at ftp://gdead.berkeley.edu/pub/gdead/miscellaneous/gd-pboy- 3-72
Recordings 11 AF
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8/18/70 - Tuesday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 8/18/70 - Tuesday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [49:18] ; Intro [0:12] ; Truckin' [5:44] ; [1:20] ; Dire Wolf [3:53] ; [0:32] ; Friend Of The Devil [3:31] ; [0:23] ; Dark Hollow [3:05] ; [0:12] ; Ripple [4:15] > Brokedown Palace [4:16] ; [0:25] % Operator [2:27] ; [0:25] ; Rosalie McFall [2:57] ; [0:19] ; New Speedway Boogie [9:22] ; [0:53] ; Cold Jordan [2:22] > Swing Low Sweet Chariot [3:40] ; [0:42]
Two [20:39] ; Intro [0:04] ; Six Days On The Road [3:56] % [0:10] ; Watcha Gonna Do [4:16] ; [0:13] % Glendale Train [4:11] ; [0:10] % [0:07] ; Brown Eyed Handsome Man [3:23] ; [0:08] % Fair Chance To Know [4:09] ; [0:02]
Three [1:24:06] ; Intro [0:04] ; Dancing In The Street [14:08] ; [0:25] ; Next Time You See Me [3:03] ; [0:17] ; Mama Tried [2:38] ; [0:11] % Cryptical Envelopment [2:02] > Drums [4:00] > The Other One [8:50] > Cryptical Envelopment [2:03] > Sugar Magnolia [3:54] ; [0:09] % Attics Of My Life [6:45] ; [0:33] ; It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World [12:02] ; [0:25] ; Drums [0:11] > Not Fade Away [10:20] ; [0:21] % Casey Jones [4:58] > Uncle John's Band [6:33] ; [0:14]
Comments Total time 2:34:03. On the structure of mid-70 Dead shows see Comments under 05/02/70b. SET 1 is acoustic Dead; this is the complete set. Monitor issues after Truckin'. Pigpen plays piano on Truckin', Ripple & New Speedway. Jerry switches to electric guitar on New Speedway. David Nelson plays mandolin on Rosalie McFall, Cold Jordan & Swing Low. Marmaduke adds bass vocals to Cold Jordan and Swing Low. The introduction goes: "Good evening and welcome to the Fillmore West. Tonight you're going to spend an evening with the Grateful Dead."

SET 2 is NRPS w/ Garcia, pedal steel, and possibly Lesh on bass. They are introduced with "A hearty hi ho silver for the New Riders Of The Purple Sage." The circulating copy of this tape contains less than the first half of the complete NRPS set. Marmaduke introduces Brown Eyed Handsome Man as "a little Chuck Berry action for ya."

SET 3 is electric Dead. The introduction is "For those of you who follow baseball, direct from the Woodacre training camp, the Grateful Dead."

The best copies of this show currently circulating have the following lineage:

MAC > R @ 7.5 ips > R @ 3.75 ips > PCM/Beta > DAT

Unfortunately this transcription contains only the Dead sets. The 20 minutes of NRPS from this date circulates on the B side of a cassette transcript of the master of uncertain lineage. We need a fresh transcription of these masters.

The Taper's Compendium seriously misrepresents the quality of this AUD master, and of the next night's. The NRPS material circulates on side B of the acoustic set cassette, following Cold Jordan > Swing Low. Probably the rest of the NRPS set is on the master & needs to be put into circulation.
Recordings 155 AF
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8/19/70 - Wednesday
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 8/19/70 - Wednesday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [39:02] ; Monkey And The Engineer [1:46] ; [0:04] % How Long Blues [4:10] % Friend Of The Devil [3:24] % Dark Hollow [2:51] % Candyman [6:30] % Ripple [4:21] > Brokedown Palace [4:19] % Truckin' [5:22#] % Tell It To Me [1:57] % Rosalie McFall [3:14] % Cumberland Blues ; Wake Up Little Susie ; New Speedway Boogie ; Cold Jordan ; Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Two Six Days On The Road % Whatcha Gonna Do % Glendale Train % Henry % Dirty Business % Lodi % The Weight ; Honky Tonk Women
Three [1:44:54] ; Intro [0:10] ; Cold Rain And Snow [5:46] ; [1:02] ; Me And My Uncle [3:17] ; [0:32] ; Easy Wind [7:50] ; [0:17] % China Cat Sunflower [2:33] > Jam [2:08] > I Know You Rider [4:21] ; [0:37] ; Saint Stephen [5:50] > Sugar Magnolia [3:55] ; [1:22] ; Drums [0:35] > Good Lovin' [1:52] > Drums [1:22] > Good Lovin' [7:38] ; [1:13] ; New Minglewood Blues [3:39] ; [0:37] ; Casey Jones [4:35] ; [0:11] ; Drums [0:20] > Not Fade Away [8:19] > Turn On Your Lovelight [29:56]
Comments Total time 2:33:56 +. On the structure of mid-70 Dead shows see Comments under 05/02/70b. SET 1 is acoustic Dead. David Nelson plays mandolin on Friend Of The Devil, Dark Hollow, Tell It To Me, Rosalie McFall, Cold Jordan and Swing Low. Pigpen plays piano on How Long Blues, Candyman, Ripple, Truckin', and New Speedway. There's a hint of harmonica at the beginning of Ripple; it seems too discreet to be Pigpen's. Jerry plays electric guitar on Cumberland and New Speedway while Bobby continues acoustic. Marmaduke provides bass vocal accompaniment on Cold Jordan and Swing Low. It seems probable that this set as listed is missing a tune from Pigpen (compare Operator the previous night). This set was preceded starting at 8:00 by an unbilled opening set from a bluegrass vocals quartet, possibly the Rowan Bros.

SET 2 is from the NRPS set with Garcia, pedal steel, and possibly Lesh on bass. Six Days On The Road opened the set and The Weight followed by Honky Tonk Women closed the set, which included a half dozen more tunes from the first NRPS album. The 3 tunes circulating on tape mis-labeled from this set (a fragmentary Six Days, Whatcha Gonna Do, and Glendale Train) are actually from 8/18/70.

SET 3 is electric Dead. The introduction goes: "Out of the backwoods of Marin County, sometimes known as the Kodiak Woodchuck Motherfuckers, The Grateful Dead!" After Easy Wind Jerry announces "the first broken string in this set." Sugar Magnolia concludes without Sunshine Daydream. The third guitar in Not Fade > Lovelight is probably David Crosby. "Excuse me, young lady, would you like to fuck?" is the approach Pigpen recommends around 12 minutes into this epic Lovelight -- then, at the end, "See y'all later." There was no encore.

The best copies of this show currently circulating have the following lineage:

MAC > R @ 7.5 ips > R @ 3.75 ips > PCM/Beta > DAT

Unfortunately this transcription contains only the Dead sets. The 12 minutes of NRPS from this date circulates separately on a cassette of unknown lineage. We need a fresh transcription of these masters.

The Taper's Compendium seriously misrepresents the quality of this AUD master, and of the previous night's.
Recordings 157 AF (Uher Reel)
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Contributors Jim Powell brian@hotrats.mit.edu Harvey Lubar
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