Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings

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Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings
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Live album by
ReleasedNovember 2005
RecordedFillmore West, February 27 - March 2, 1969
GenrePsychedelic rock, folk rock, jam
LabelGrateful Dead
ProducerDavid Lemieux, Jeffrey Norman
Grateful Dead chronology
Grateful Dead Download Series Volume 7
(2005)
Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings
(2005)
Fillmore West 1969
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
All About Jazz(favorable) [1]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [2]
The Music Box5/5 stars [3]

Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings is a limited edition box set (10,000 copies), released in November 2005, featuring four complete concerts by the Grateful Dead on 10 CDs. These concerts, performed on four consecutive nights from February 27 through March 2, 1969, were the basis for Live/Dead (rock's first 16-track live album).[4][5]

Released separately was Fillmore West 1969, a three-disc distillation that included highlights of the four nights that did not appear on Live/Dead (with the exception of "Feedback" and the full-length version of "And We Bid You Good Night", which had appeared in truncated form on Live/Dead).

A bonus disc released with the set includes selections from two additional Fillmore West shows; June 8, 1969 and February 7, 1970. It also includes a blistering 30-minute version of "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)" that was recorded on June 14, 1968 during the band's debut run of shows at Bill Graham's newly opened Fillmore East in New York, which had the Grateful Dead headlining over the Jeff Beck Group. Many of the band's recordings from 1968 have been lost and what remains is often incorrectly labeled.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

On AllMusic, Lindsay Planer said, "Few concert runs... are as highly lauded by Grateful Dead enthusiasts as February 27 through March 2, 1969, at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.... At the very heart of what made the Grateful Dead an anomaly in rock & roll was their ability to improvise and interact in order to make each and every experience different from the last, or the next. Over the course of the Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings are nine and a half hours of proof.... Curious parties might find the Fillmore West 1969 three-disc distillation an adequate substitute. However, earnest Deadheads should take whatever measures necessary to obtain this package."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1

February 27, 1969 — First set:
  1. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (Sonny Boy Williamson) - 11:47
  2. "Doin' That Rag" (Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia) - 7:53
  3. "That's It for the Other One" (Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir) - 20:03[a]
Notes
  1. ^ Previously released on So Many Roads (1965–1995)

Disc 2

February 27, 1969 — Second set:
  1. "Dupree's Diamond Blues" > (Hunter, Garcia) - 3:57
  2. "Mountains of the Moon" > (Hunter, Garcia) - 5:57
  3. "Dark Star" > (Hunter, Garcia, Mickey Hart, Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Pigpen, Weir) - 21:44[a]
  4. "St. Stephen" > (Hunter, Garcia, Lesh) - 8:22[a]
  5. "The Eleven" > (Hunter, Lesh) - 13:03
  6. "Turn On Your Lovelight" (Joseph Scott, Deadric Malone) - 19:21
February 27, 1969 — Encore:
  1. "Cosmic Charlie" (Hunter, Garcia) - 5:52
Notes
  1. ^ a b Previously released on Live/Dead

Disc 3

February 28, 1969 — First set:
  1. "(Walk Me Out In The) Morning Dew" (Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose) - 11:04
  2. "Good Morning Little School Girl" (Williamson) - 11:00
  3. "Doin' That Rag" (Hunter, Garcia) - 6:56
  4. "I'm a King Bee" (Slim Harpo) - 7:09
  5. "Turn On Your Lovelight" (Scott, Malone) - 19:09

Disc 4

February 28, 1969 — Second set:
  1. "That's It for the Other One" > (Garcia, Kreutzmann, Weir) - 19:46
  2. "Dark Star" > (Hunter, Garcia, Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, Pigpen, Weir) - 19:45
  3. "St. Stephen" > (including William Tell Bridge)" (Hunter, Garcia, Lesh) - 7:51
  4. "The Eleven" > (Hunter, Lesh) - 15:12
  5. "Death Don't Have No Mercy" (Reverend Gary Davis) - 10:38

Disc 5

  1. "Alligator" > (Hunter, Pigpen, Lesh) - 4:08
  2. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzmann) - 4:02
  3. "Jam" > (Grateful Dead) - 14:57
  4. "Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)" > (Grateful Dead) - 8:47
  5. "Feedback" > (Grateful Dead) - 5:40
  6. "And We Bid You Goodnight" (traditional, arr. Grateful Dead) - 1:08

Disc 6

March 1, 1969 — First set:
  1. "That's It for the Other One" > (Garcia, Kreutzmann, Weir) - 21:22
  2. "New Potato Caboose" > (Bobby Petersen, Lesh) - 11:43
  3. "Doin' That Rag" > (Hunter, Garcia) - 5:58
  4. "Cosmic Charlie" (Hunter, Garcia) - 5:51

Disc 7

March 1, 1969 — Second set:
  1. "Dupree's Diamond Blues" > (Hunter, Garcia) - 4:48
  2. "Mountains of the Moon" > (Hunter, Garcia) - 5:04
  3. "Dark Star" > (Hunter, Garcia, Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, Pigpen, Weir) - 23:01
  4. "St. Stephen" > (Hunter, Garcia, Lesh) - 8:06
  5. "The Eleven" > (Hunter, Lesh) - 5:47
  6. "Turn On Your Lovelight" (Scott, Malone) - 23:59
March 1, 1969 — Encore:
  1. "Hey Jude" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 7:44

Disc 8

March 2, 1969 — First set:
  1. "Dark Star" > (Hunter, Garcia, Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, Pigpen, Weir) - 21:09
  2. "St. Stephen" > (Hunter, Garcia, Lesh) - 8:21
  3. "The Eleven" > (Hunter, Lesh) - 12:43
  4. "Turn On Your Lovelight" (Scott, Malone) - 15:25

Disc 9

March 2, 1969 — Second set:
  1. "Doin' That Rag" (Hunter, Garcia) - 7:38
  2. "That's It for the Other One" > (Garcia, Kreutzmann, Weir) - 22:44
  3. "Death Don't Have No Mercy" (Davis) - 11:21[a]
  4. "Morning Dew" (Dobson, Rose) - 10:16
Notes
  1. ^ Previously released on Live/Dead

Disc 10

  1. "Alligator" > (Hunter, Pigpen, Lesh) - 4:15
  2. "Drums" > (Hart, Kreutzmann) - 6:52
  3. "Jam" > (Grateful Dead) - 25:31
  4. "Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)" > (Grateful Dead) - 9:13
  5. "Feedback" > (Grateful Dead) - 7:54[a]
  6. "And We Bid You Goodnight" (trad., arr. Grateful Dead) - 2:01[b]
Notes
  1. ^ Previously released on Live/Dead
  2. ^ Previously released in edited form on Live/Dead

Bonus disc

June 14, 1968 Fillmore East New York, New York
  1. "Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)" (Grateful Dead) - 30:07
June 8, 1969, Fillmore West:
  1. "He Was a Friend of Mine" > (Traditional) - 12:14
  2. "China Cat Sunflower" > (Garcia, Hunter) - 4:15
  3. "New Potato Caboose" (Lesh, Peterson) - 13:36
February 7, 1970, Fillmore West:
  1. "China Cat Sunflower" > (Garcia, Hunter) - 5:29
  2. "I Know You Rider" > (Traditional) - 5:08
  3. "High Time" (Garcia, Hunter) - 7:04

Personnel[edit]

Grateful Dead

Production

  • David Lemieux – producer
  • Cameron Sears – executive producer
  • Bob Matthews – recording engineer
  • Betty Cantor – recording engineer
  • Jeffrey Norman – mixing, mastering, producer
  • Eileen Law – archival research
  • Rosie McGee – photography
  • Herb Greene – photography
  • Michael Merritt – photography
  • Baron Wolman – photography
  • Peter Simon – photography
  • Amalie R. Rothschild – photography
  • Suanne C Skidd – photography
  • Sylvia Clarke Hamilton – photography
  • Richard Biffle – cover lettering
  • Brian Connors – art coordination
  • Robert Minkin – package design
  • Dennis McNally – booklet essay

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collette, Doug (January 14, 2006). Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings, All About Jazz
  2. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. "Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings". AllMusic. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Metzger, John (December 2005). Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings, The Music Box
  4. ^ Selvin, Joel. "Every single note of Dead's famous 4-night run is finally out in a CD set. Good luck finding it.", San Francisco Chronicle, November 8, 2005
  5. ^ Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings at the Grateful Dead Family Discography
  6. ^ Ashes, Light Into (2014-09-05). "Grateful Dead Guide: Missing 1968 Shows". Grateful Dead Guide. Retrieved 2017-01-15.