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Fillmore West 1969

Grateful DeadAudio CD
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listen  1. Morning Dew [Live at Fillmore West February 28, 1969]11:05Album Only
listen  2. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [Live at Fillmore West February 28, 1969]10:59Album Only
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listen  5. Cosmic Charlie [Live at Fillmore West February 27, 1969] 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Turn On Your Lovelight [Live at Fillmore West February 28, 1969]19:08Album Only
listen  7. Dupree's Diamond Blues [Live at Fillmore West March 1, 1969] 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mountains Of The Moon [Live at Fillmore West March 1, 1969] 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Dark Star [Live at Fillmore West February 28, 1969]19:43Album Only
listen10. St. Stephen [Live at Fillmore West February 28, 1969] 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Eleven [Live at Fillmore West February 28, 1969]15:12Album Only
listen12. Death Don't Have No Mercy [Live at Fillmore West February 28, 1969] 9:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. That's It For The Other One [Live at Fillmore West March 2, 1969]23:30Album Only
listen14. Alligator [Live at Fillmore West March 2, 1969] 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Drums [Live at Fillmore West March 2, 1969] 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Jam [Live at Fillmore West March 2, 1969]25:31Album Only
listen17. Caution [Do Not Stop On Tracks] [Live at Fillmore West March 2, 1969] 9:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Feedback [Live at Fillmore West March 2, 1969] 7:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. We Bid You Goodnight [Live at Fillmore West March 2, 1969] 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B000B6VUA2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The 1969 double album Live/Dead holds a special place in the Deadhead universe; indeed, many band members and their inner circle consider it to be the band’s best overall collection as well. This expanded, three-CD edition is culled from the same February/March ’69 shows at the Dead’s de facto live home, San Francisco’s Fillmore West. What’s documented here are not only some of the greatest performances of the band’s early era, but the still-evolving template for much of the band’s later flights of improvisation. The first, blues-dominated disc pays tribute to a band that a couple years earlier had been but an ambitious bar covers ban! d, while the second chronicles the Dead’s expansive "Dark Star/St. Stephen/The Eleven" triptych wed to a cover of the Rev. Gary Davis’ "Death Don’t Have No Mercy," 2/28/69 performances that turn on the freeform interplay that would become their trademark for decades to follow. The set’s final disc is highlighted by a vigorous, nearly hour-long workout that jams its way through the band’s early "Alligator," "Caution" and the obligatory drum break to the traditional closer, "We Bid You Goodnight." Said to be the first 16-track live recording, the epochal performances here are burnished to near sonic perfection via HDCD mastering, a heady, if ironic wedding of technology and the band’s rootsy, musical humanity. --Jerry McCulley

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Jerry will always be known for his resonant and distinctive versions of songs by his friend and fellow icon Bob Dylan. Whether with the JGB or the Dead, Garcia's interpretations of the Dylan canon are rich renditions that embody the very soul of American roots music. This two-disc collection gathers over two hours of unreleased performances from the vaults, including 'I Shall Be Released', 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door', and 'Tangled Up In Blue'. Remastered in glorious HDCD. Rhino. 2005.

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119 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rest of "Live/Dead" November 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you're not already a fan of the Grateful Dead, then move on; there's nothing here for you to see (or hear). This 3-CD set will drive you just as crazy as any of the other 3,687 or so `Live Dead' collections. If, on the other hand, you are a `Deadhead' and buy into their marketing concept of eventually releasing virtually every recorded performance, then you have just stumbled upon the Rosetta Stone of `Live Dead' recordings.

The first `officially' released live recording of the Grateful Dead appeared in 1969, entitled "Live/Dead". To this day, a large percentage of fans consider this to be the band's best album, their shining moment. `Fillmore West 1969' is compiled from the same set of shows that were excerpted for "Live/Dead". It is special for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it captures the band just as they are discovering their own ability to explore the outer regions of their spontaneous compositional abilities. During a four-night run from February 27- March 2, 1969, in San Francisco, the Grateful Dead were the perfect band in the perfect place at the perfect time.

The `Live/Dead" album was a two disk set, approximately eighty minutes in length. At the time, this was fairly lavish, but by necessity, it represented only a fraction of the music from this historic stand. "Fillmore West" is compiled from the best parts of those shows that did not `make the cut' for "Live Dead". The 3-CD package generously triples the playing time of the original album, and structures itself as if it were one incredibly long, exhaustive set. A 20-minute version of "Dark Star" is the centerpiece, and segues beautifully into "St. Stephen," followed by "The Eleven," all of which capture the rich, exploratory nature of a band that was at the nascent crest of its powers.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes Off Where "Live Dead" Started. December 11, 2005
By Anthony
Format:Audio CD
Now that I have this set I am gonna be sorry I never sprung for the 10 disc complete Fillmore 69 stand. That was limited to 10,000 copies. Guess that's how the Dead pays the bills these day. We keep buying this stuff.

The sound quality is amazing. This was the first live recording to use a 16 track. Darkstar is amazing, but different than the performance on "live dead." Unlike the original Allman Brother's Live at Fillmore, there are no splices, every performance is as it happened. Morning Dew is one of the three best I have ever heard. Get it.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have It December 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Highlights:

Disk one: Morning Dew: grittier version while retaining staggering beauty. Doin' That Rag: quirky song that sticks in your mind, then really pays off with kewl Jerry guitar solo at the end.

Disk two: DARK STAR: Energetic as well as psychedelic; if you're a lover & collector of Dark Stars...you gotta have it.

The Eleven: Other than the "Filmore East 2/11/69" version, this is the best Eleven jam I've ever heard...very creative.

Disk three: JAM: Fantastic jam, goes through several changes...

all extraordinary. It really has a power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Dead March 2, 2006
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This 3 disc compilation provides an excellent distillation of the four night run at the Fillmore West in 1969 that yielded much of the Live Dead album. The whole run is 10 discs, but this complilation has been done with a loving ear and eliminates duplicate tunes. Not that duplicated tunes are redundant in the Grateful Dead canon - each time a song is performed live it is a new musical adventure, especially the longer jamming vehicles that make up the bulk of this material. So, I disagree with an earlier reviewer that this set renders the 10 disc set redundant. However, given that the 10 disc set was sold out months before its release, that observation is itself redundant for most.

This is a superb release, ranking with the very best Grateful Dead music available.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Deadhead deal is right here. November 21, 2005
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This is by far the best pre 70's Grateful Dead music out there. This is a small slice of the four night show in 1969 at the Fillmore west. Any Deadhead that does not pick this up is being unfaithful to the band. The 10 CD box set is now history. The version of Dark star is awsome, jamming St. Stephen and pigpen heats up the harmonica. Get this today, [...]This set of tunes has a lot of long jams and sounds great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snapshot from their peak years September 19, 2006
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This three-disc set tracks the Grateful Dead's performances during the height of their early power. The material collected here had been previously bootlegged by the Dead's legion of collecting fans, but this official release cherry picks the finest performances and adds lengthy liner notes and many color photographs to create a nice package. While the music contained herein demonstrates the breadth of the bands music, certain things do stand out. For me it was Ron "Pigpen" McKernan lending the band some bluesy credibility that they may have otherwise lacked. Pigpen plays swirling organ and some strong harmonica throughout the music, but is heard to best effect on the blues songs he took lead vocals on.

He leads the band through an absolutely charging version of Bobby Bland's "Turn on Your Lovelight" and sings with great authority on Muddy Waters' "King Bee" and John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." The rest of the band is certainly not to be undone, as the music alternates between spacey on "Mountains on the Moon," "Dark Star" and blasting rock and roll on tracks like "Cosmic Charlie" and the go-for-broke final concert ending medley jam. In a sense this music would be the high water mark of the band's early period, with a shift to acoustic instruments and the first of many personnel additions and subtractions on the way. Still, this is a great snapshot of one of the finest live-performance bands in rock and roll history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One out of three
Worth is for historical reasons and for Disc 3. I was expecting three HOT discs ... alas, only the third came through. The band sound a little perfunctory ... Read more
Published 39 minutes ago by Telamon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am an unrepentant dead head.
Published 23 days ago by forever young
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 24 days ago by LAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent CDs and excellent service!
Published 1 month ago by Thomas R. Schulte
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD.....gotta love Pigpen!!!!
If you are reading this review, you've either considered buying this or already own it. If you are considering, don't. Just get it. You will not be disappointed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nebula77
5.0 out of 5 stars the beginning of the live dead legend
this is a great addition to live/dead and also presents much more ! more hot jams, more hard rockin' tunes, more soulful and thoughtful music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by st.steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Shall we go...to the Fillmore West 1969?
One of the best live Grateful Dead albums ever is "Live/Dead". If "Live/Dead" is your cup of tea, this 3 CD set will likely spin often in your CD player. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great early Dead
I think when 1970 rolled around the Dead were a much better band. Much more versatile selection and styles. But no doubt they could jam, their asses off before that. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars More Live Dead
More from one of the greatest live series of shows in Dead history. Absolutely a must for Deadheads. Highly recommended.
Published 9 months ago by Robert L. Lazar
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dead at their best
I've been a Dead head since 1967. I love this part of their evolution.
They are at their height of improvisation. Jerry cooks, Pig - well, he's Pig! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ken Walker
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