Two from the Vault

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Two from the Vault
Grateful Dead - Two from the Vault.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMay 1992
RecordedAugust 23 – 24, 1968
GenreRock, psychedelic rock
LabelGrateful Dead GDCD40162
ProducerDan Healy
Grateful Dead chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Two from the Vault is a two-CD live album by the rock band the Grateful Dead. It was recorded at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on August 24, 1968. The event was left unreleased for nearly 25 years, before being mixed down from the original multi-track reels and released on Grateful Dead Records in 1992.


The concert was recorded on a then-state-of-the-art, one-inch 8-track tape machine that was supplied by the band's record label, Warner Bros. The record company also insisted on supplying engineers who turned out to be unfamiliar with the close miking technique involved in recording rock music. Consequently, each of the eight tracks contained significant leakage from all of the other instruments in the band, resulting in severe phase cancellation problems.

Almost twenty-four years later, Don Pearson and producer Dan Healy solved this problem by employing a B&K 2032 Fast Fourier transform (FFT) digital spectrum analyzer to measure the delay in time between the different microphones, using the track of bassist Phil Lesh as the time centerpiece. The delay times were fed into a TC1280 stereo digital delay, which, along with careful mixing, resulted in a nearly perfect stereo image.


An expanded edition of the album, with a third CD, was released in 2007 featuring the three songs (from August 23, 1968) previously released as bonus tracks on the 2003 reissue of Anthem of the Sun .[2]

Two from the Vault was released by Light in the Attic Records as a four-disc vinyl LP on December 9, 2014.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one

  1. "Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl" (Sonny Boy Williamson) – 15:59
  2. "Dark Star" > (Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Ron McKernan, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Robert Hunter) – 11:20
  3. "St. Stephen" > (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter) – 4:40
  4. "The Eleven" > (Lesh, Hunter) – 14:27
  5. "Death Don't Have No Mercy" (Reverend Gary Davis) – 8:23

Disc two

  1. "That's It for the Other One" > (Garcia, Kreutzmann, Weir) – 15:40
  2. "New Potato Caboose" > (Lesh, Robert Petersen) – 14:16
  3. "Turn On Your Lovelight" (Joseph Scott, Deadric Malone) – 17:13
  4. "(Walk Me Out in the) Morning Dew" (Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose) – 7:13
Note: "Morning Dew" ends abruptly as the power is turned off due to curfew

Disc three (2007 expanded edition)

  1. "Alligator" > (McKernan, Lesh, Hunter) – 18:43
  2. "Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)" > (McKernan, Grateful Dead) – 11:30
  3. "Feedback" (Grateful Dead) – 4:01
Note: Tracks on this disc, recorded the previous night, also appear as bonus tracks on Anthem of the Sun


Grateful Dead[edit]


  • Dan Healy – producer
  • Jeffrey Norman – engineer
  • Don Pearson – engineer
  • Joe Gastwirt – mastering
  • Dick Latvala – tape archivist
  • Timothy Harris – cover art


Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1992 The Billboard 200 119[4]


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Two from the Vault". AllMusic. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  2. ^ Two from the Vault at the Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Grateful Dead Set Two From the Vault Release",, November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "Two from the Vault album info". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2011.

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