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Posted by Gordon Rekcikssa 
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May 17, 2017 07:07PM
Grateful Dead - Fillmore East 2-11-69
Rhino Records, 1997




This 2-CD set documents the two sets the Dead played at Bill Graham's east coast venue opening for Janis Joplin during her New York solo debut. There were two separate shows that night, and the band had roughly an hour for each to get across with the audience. Despite the fact that they were never know for their brevity, they manged to do just that.

They kick off the early show with Good Morning Little Schoolgirl then dive straight into the psychedelic adventure of Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Enveloment. After a couple more numbers, Pigpen riles up the crowd with a killer Turn On Your Lovelight before they close out the early show with a cover of Hey Jude that starts out kind of sloppy but reaches a nice peak as the set comes to an end.

For the late show, they opened with Dupree's Diamond Blues and Mountains Of The Moon before blowing everyone's mind with Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Drums > Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks) > Feedback and finishing their portion of the evening with We Bid You Goodnight, which is followed by a partial take on Cosmic Charlie that's not included on the track listing for the disc. This track is incomplete simply because the tape reel ran out and there wasn't enough time to slap another one in place before the band finished up.

For a recording from 48 years ago, the sound here is astonishing, maybe slightly better in the second set than the first.











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May 23, 2017 04:06PM
Grateful Dead - Live To Air: The Ultimate New Year's Party
The Store For Music, 2011




This 2-CD set is lifted from the Dead's 1987 New Year's Eve show at the Oakland Coliseum. I attended this show, and it was a great night.

Be forewarned of a couple things if you're thinking about buying this set. First, it's a European gray market product, not officially licensed by the band. Second, this is not the complete show. What's here is taken from the VHS/DVD release Ticket To New Year's. (See video below) The show was simulcast on Pay-Per-View, and an edited version was subsequently ran as part of The King Biscuit Flour Hour on radio stations.

The Neville Brothers opened up and joined in for a nice long set of encores. Most of those songs have been cut from these CDs, however. Only the closing cover of Knockin' On Heaven's Door makes an appearance. Also cut is a stellar take on Promised Land.







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