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Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings Box set


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Grateful Dead Records
  • ASIN: B000MK2W40
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Whatever you pay, it will be worth it.
J. Merritt
The set captures the historic run of shows at the legendary Fillmore West in San Francisco giving us both shows of each night.
R. Greenbaum
The second set starts with good versions of Dupree's Diamond Blues->Mountains Of The Moon.
Grateful Jerry

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on September 17, 2010
This was released as a 10,000 limited edition set. Sales had fallen off the last couple of years on Grateful Dead releases before this was released and it was thought that 10,000 would be enough for everyone who wanted one to be able to get one. Unfortunately, this was not the case. At the time, the Dead still hadn't entered into a full time contract with Rhino/Warner Bros and this box was sold by the Dead without Rhino's help as Rhino choose to go with a three cd edit believing that people wouldn't be buying different versions of the same song. There currently is a push by some inside GD folks to get this rereleased in some form. Part of the hold up seems to be something to do with the artwork. The Dead are currently about halfway into their contract with Rhino/Warner Bros. at the end of which alo the rights will return to the band. I think that this will more than likely be rereleased with slimmed down artwork and/or rereleased at the end of the Dead's current contract with Rhino/Warner Brothers.

By late '68, the Dead had become in debt to their then record company Warner Brothers. The band had begun recording their third album for the label and were experimenting with the then new 16 track recorder. It was during this period that an idea arose, "why not use the 16 track tape recorder to record live shows and make a live album?". This also meant that, since making an live album was relatively inexpensive, they could pay off some of the debt. The band originally tried recording the New Year's Eve show but as is the case with new recording gear, it didn't go well.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Merritt on November 9, 2009
Obviously, you can't buy this. You know that if you're here looking. Maybe if you're lucky Amazon will point up a few used copies for sale. If there are any, be aggressive and get one. If there aren't, go to ebay and do a search. Because frankly, my friend, if you are a deadhead, there is no greater grail than this. Only 10,000 copies were originally issued and they are now very eagerly sought after. I had to pony up more than $200 for my copy, and it doesn't have a case, a bonus disc, or particularly good packaging (the booklet is falling apart). But ya know what? I don't care. I'm ecstatically happy, because I have two versions of "Dark Star" (February 1 and 2, 1969) that you can't get anywhere else. For those alone, this was worth it. And the topper: Those weren't even the best part. The highlight was hearing the "Dark Star" that we all know so well from 'Live/Dead' in the fresh context of coming out of "Mountains of the Moon." I mean, I knew that in these early sessions "Mountains" tended to precede DS, but it wasn't until I heard this rendition, with newly remastered sound, that I was able to rediscover my all-time favorite piece of music in a thrilling new way. The evocation of the intro is different, the sound of the guitars is different (it has to do with reverb)...

I really can't be much more specific. All I can say is: If "Dark Star" is as fundamentally essential a piece of music to you as it is to me, you HAVE TO track this down. Not: You ought to. Not: Hey, it would be a good idea. No. You: HAVE TO.

Regardless of cost. Whatever you pay, it will be worth it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Riley on March 4, 2009
A marvel to hear, you get every note recorded in state of the art (for that time) sound, which means it sounds amazing.

If you can get your hands on this set in a reasonable way please do so but over $600 is too much.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Isaiah Lawson on June 2, 2010
I didn't get into the Grateful Dead until 2007, long after this set was sold out for good. Over the last 3 years I have eagerly snapped up whatever recordings i could find, but this one had ALWAYS been out of my reach. I was NOT going to pay more than $200 for this set for the simple fact that it isn't worth it. Not that the music isn't good (believe me, it's beyond great!) but because having to pay exorbitant sums for these recordings is just plain stupid and completely the fault of the record company. There is absolutely no reason that all of these "limited pressing" box sets and "bonus discs" have to be released like this. For guys late to the game, like me, that got into the Dead well after releases from the Vault started coming out and WAAAAY after the original albums were released (i wasn't even born when my favorite period of the Dead occurred...) what are we supposed to do if we want to hear this music? I suggest that you do what i have done: Find a torrent website and download them for free. I now can listen to any and all of the bonus discs that came with various releases from [...] whenever i please. I have listened to this run of shows from 69 for 2 weeks straight now and it is a mind blowing experience to hear this stuff. The worst part of all this is I WOULD have paid for all of this "out of print" material if the record company had only given me an option to do so. There's no reason they can't offer all of the bonus discs and this 1969 box set as digital downloads, they do for the Winterland box sets. But they won't, they want to be greedy, so to hell with them. I hate doing it, but i'll rip them off in a heartbeat before i let their greedy practices enable someone to rip me off. I have seen this set posted for over $2,000!!! Allow me to repeat that because it is pretty important.Read more ›
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