August 19, 2009

Missing 1969 Shows

I've put together a list of 1969 shows that are not in circulation, with the help of Deadlists.

Some (most?) of these shows might be in the Vault; some of these shows might not have been played. A few, fortunately, were captured by AUD tapers, and I listed those in hopes that complete SBDs were also taped.
In a few cases, when Deadbase listed the songs that were played at a missing show, I've noted them [ in brackets ] - usually this is just a few songs that someone remembered.
I also listed shows that are missing big chunks of music - some of these may be tapeflips, but sometimes the timings of vault reels that Rob Eaton listed correspond suspiciously to the amount of music missing, so it's quite possible more is on the original reels than made it onto circulating copies. (Not all of his timings are correct, though.)
Another thing about cuts - often it was Bear's practice to tape a show both on cassettes and reels, so many shows are available from two sources, and cuts in one copy can be filled in from the other. (One example is the 4/23/69 cut in St Stephen>It's A Sin, which was recovered when a cassette source appeared.)

This list is something like a "work in progress" since I probably missed a few things and there's always more research that can be done, so let me know if you have corrections / additions.

MISSING 1969 SHOWS

1/2/69 Fillmore West

1/3/69 Fillmore West

1/4/69 Fillmore West

1/24/69 Avalon - Apparently another 30 minutes of SBD hasn't made it into circulation yet.

1/26/69 Avalon - There's a big cut in Dark Star, which may be a late tapeflip.

1/31/69 Chicago

2/1/69 Chicago

2/5/69 Kansas City - If Eaton's timing is correct the circulating version of this tape is missing 30 minutes, suggesting that perhaps the several cuts are not on the master.

2/6/69 St Louis - The circulating SBDs are copies from Bear's cassette master. There is a cut of uncertain proportions at 8:34 into the Dark Star. According to Rob Eaton the beginning of this show was mastered onto the end of a cassette containing tape of the Rolling Stones, and this cut is where that cassette ran out.There is another cut between the Cryptical reprise and Feedback, presumably another tape flip.
If Eaton's timing is correct 7 minutes are missing from the circulating tape, implying that the circulating copy has been butchered.

2/9/69 Baltimore

2/12/69 Fillmore East - Probably the missing 16 minutes on the circulating tape represents the beginning of the Dark Star.

2/19/69 Fillmore West - [ Dark Star ]
An article notes, "Originally the concert was to be recorded for inclusion on the next Dead album, but last-minute difficulties in setting up the recording equipment scotched that."

2/24 + 26/69 Matrix - Hartbeats

3/12/69 Fillmore West

3/21/69 Pasadena

4/11/69 Tucson - Obviously the 1st set is incomplete ; probably Cryptical Envelopment > Drums preceded The Other One but possibly something else. Likely more tunes are missing before that, too -- if the tape catalogued under SET 1 represents the second side of a cassette master, then there's 45 minutes missing previous to where the tape cuts in. According to a newspaper review of the show, they also performed versions of Morning Dew and Sittin On Top Of The World. Presumably these tunes belong before That's It.

4/15/69 Omaha - Most of the show is AUD only.

4/22/69 Boston - There is a cut in The Other One at 1:39, apparently a flip chop on the master cassette ; probably 4 to 9 minutes of Jamming are lost here.
Lemieux has played the vault copy on the Taper's Section, and unfortunately it also cuts after about 5 minutes (cutting back in a minute into Cryptical), so although it has a few more minutes of music, the second half of The Other One is still missing.
(There are also less major cuts in the other Boston Ark shows.)

5/2/69 Winterland - [ Cold Rain & Snow ; Alligator ; The Other One ; Death Don't Have No Mercy ]

5/3/69 early show, Rocklin - [ Morning Dew ; Turn On Your Love Light ; Baby Blue ]
Lemieux has played the Lovelight on the Taper's Section (4-30-07).

5/3/69 Winterland, second set - [ Dupree's Diamond Blues ; Sittin On Top Of The World ; Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Turn On Your Love Light ; with Baby Blue for the encore ]

5/8/69 Golden Gate Park

5/9/69 San Mateo - [ Me & My Uncle ; Hard To Handle ; Doin' That Rag ; New Potato Caboose ; Turn On Your Love Light ]

Either 5/11/69 or 5/29/69 is missing. (Show with Santana drummers has been attributed to both these dates.)

5/28/69 Winterland - [ Smokestack Lightnin ; That's It For The Other One > Turn On Your Love Light ]

5/31/69 Eugene - At 1:52 into the Cryptical reprise there is a cut ; probably several minutes are missing here. It's anybody's guess how much of the second set (between Doin' That Rag and Cosmic Charlie) may be missing.

6/11/69 San Francisco - Bobby Ace show; the Dead with John Dawson & David Nelson, and Peter Grant on pedal-steel. (More details in my acoustic-sets post.)

6/20/69 Fillmore East, early & late shows - [King Bee ; Cold Jordan ; Dire Wolf ; Casey Jones ; Mama Tried ; Turn On Your Love Light: Alligator ]
Lemieux has played the Lovelight on the Taper's Section (6-18-07), noting that Bear taped the show on cassette.

6/21/69 Fillmore East, early show - AUD only

6/21/69 Fillmore East, late show - There is a cut in Dark Star at 5:10 ; most of the Dark Star is missing on the SBD tape. Rob Eaton lists 101 minutes of cassette SBD for this show, but only 91 circulates. One would guess that at least 10 minutes are missing from the circulating Dark Star. The 10 minute discrepancy between the timing Eaton lists and the timing of the circulating tape may be the missing core of Dark Star.

6/22/69 Central Park, NY - Only first two songs available in SBD; rest of show is AUD only.

6/29/69 Rio Nido

7/3/69 Colorado Springs - We have most of the show; the complete setlist was: Green Green Grass Of Home > Slewfoot ; Sittin On Top Of The World ; Morning Dew ; High Time ; Me And My Uncle ; Casey Jones* ; Mama Tried* ; Hard To Handle* ; He Was A Friend Of Mine ; Turn On Your Lovelight*

7/8/69 Toronto, early & late shows - [ Green Green Grass Of Home % El Paso % Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment % Casey Jones % Morning Dew ; possibly also Mountains of the Moon, New Potato Caboose, Doin' That Rag, St Stephen ]

7/10/69 - Dead.net lists a Norwalk, CT Hell's Angels party.

7/12/69 New York - First part of the show is only available in AUD.

7/16/69 San Francisco

8/24/69 Squamish, BC

9/1/69 Baton Rouge - Lovelight cut. If correct, Eaton's timing implies a complete Turn On Your Love Light on the master.

9/6/69 Family Dog - Lemieux played the Midnight Hour encore on the Taper's Section (9-3-07), which wasn't on the circulating copy, so there may be more missing from this show as well.

9/11/69 Family Dog? - Only one AUD track of Easy Wind is available (with Jorma K playing slide), but there's no record of a Dead show on this date. Although it's definitely an early Easy Wind, the actual date, and the rest of the show, is unknown.

9/26/69 Fillmore East early show - AUD only

9/26/69 Fillmore East late show - [ Lovelight ]

9/27/69 Fillmore East early show - AUD only

9/27/69 Fillmore East late show - [ Mama Tried ; Good Morning Little Schoolgirl ; In The Midnight Hour ]

9/29/69 Cafe au Go Go early show - AUD only; also [ He Was A Friend Of Mine ]

9/29/69 Cafe au Go Go late show

9/30/69 Cafe au Go Go early show - AUD only

9/30/69 Cafe au Go Go late show

10/1/69 Cafe au Go Go - two shows

10/2/69 Boston

10/3/69 Boston

10/4/69 Boston

10/5/69 Houston - [ Lovelight ]

10/6/69 Family Dog

10/17/69 San Jose

10/24/69 Winterland - AUD only - several songs missing: [ Hard to Handle ; Mama Tried ; Good Lovin' - the Archive copy is missing Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Jam > Cosmic Charlie ]

10/25/69 Winterland - first part of show missing: [ Good Lovin' ; Me & My Uncle ; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Casey Jones ; High Time ]

10/26/69 Winterland - second part of show missing: [ King Bee ; Beat It On Down The Line ; Good Lovin' ; Doin' That Rag ; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Baby Blue ]

11/7/69 Fillmore - The tape in circulation was edited. There are splices before and after Mama Tried, Next Time, and Good Lovin', and songs are probably missing in these gaps. They played [ Hard To Handle and Casey Jones ] after Morning Dew ; [ Me & My Uncle and Cold Rain & Snow ] after Mama Tried ; and [ High Time ] after Next Time You See Me.
On the circulating tape the Uncle John's Jam breaks off, cutting back to Dark Star at 1:45 ; 20 seconds to 2 minutes of Jamming must be lost here. Eaton lists 122 minutes of reel SBD but only about 103 minutes circulate. There is room to hope that the complete tape contains the complete Dark Star.

12/5/69 Fillmore West - AUD only

12/10/69 Los Angeles - At least the Other One suite is AUD only, if it's attributed to the right show. (It's somewhat difficult to distinguish the AUDs from the SBDs of these huge Thelma Theater shows!)

12/20/69 Fillmore - middle of show missing: [ Me & My Uncle ; Hard To Handle ; Cumberland Blues ; Black Peter ; Dark Star > St. Stephen ]

12/21/69 Fillmore - first part of show missing: [ Smokestack Lightnin ; New Speedway Boogie ; Mama Tired ; Dire Wolf ; Mason's Children ; China Cat Sunflower ; Uncle John's Band ; High Time ]

12/30/69 Boston - The circulating soundboard cuts just as The Other One's last vocals are ending, and resumes immediately afterward near the beginning of Cosmic Charlie. Though it's missing on the tape, it seems almost certain that they went on to play the Cryptical reprise before transitting into Cosmic Charlie. Since this reprise varies from 2 minutes to 12 or more, it's difficult to say how much music is missing here.
Dark Star cuts as they are gliding down toward the second vocals ; probably around 3-4 minutes are missing before the end of the tune. After this cut the tape splices to the tag end of Alligator. It is usually assumed that the set ran Dark Star > Alligator, but this is a short set as the circulating tape runs, even after adding 3 minutes of Dark Star and 4 of Alligator, and it seems possible that more than that is missing here.
If Eaton's timing is correct, 20 minutes of this show still isn't circulating.

(??/69 - The first 1969 entry on Deadlists is a 20-minute Dark Star which is undated - but Jim Powell notified me that it's actually a degraded copy of 6/5/69.)

17 comments:

  1. A couple small corrections -

    5/29/69 is missing (if Michael Lydon's description of this show is accurate, we're not missing much!) - 5/11/69 was the show with Santana, which we do have, though in shady sound.

    9/11/69 - a discussion of this tape is here:
    http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2010/06/september-11-1969-family-dog-on-great.html

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  2. This is a comment I made on a new post, but applies well here.

    Dick Latvala said about Bear's tapes:
    "There's hardly any 2-track stuff of '68 [in the Vault]. It's mostly 4-track or 8-track stuff in '68. Then '69 is the 2-track stuff - and Bear got pretty thorough, he taped almost every show, although there's a little missing in '69. But I found these cassettes of Bear's one day. I went, 'Oh my God! I've never even heard of these shows!' I went nuts on that box of tapes; I stayed up for days copying. I mean they're not usable - I don't think I could ever release any of it because they're not good enough quality - but they're sort of interesting as a listener."

    So this indicates that there's probably not much more in the Vault from '68 than we have (save perhaps for more of the Anthem tour 4-tracks). But it sounds like their '69 collection is nearly complete (at least on cassettes) - there must have been many shows Latvala never bothered or got around to copying for anyone. David Lemieux has said there's a lot of 1969 in the Vault that doesn't circulate...

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  3. 2/19/69 is no longer missing - it's actually our tape of "6/19/68". (Which is incomplete though, so we're still missing Dark Star and who knows what else....)

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  4. Latvala once listed the Morning Dew from the 5/3/69 Rocklin show as one of his favorite Dews from '69. So (along with Lemieux's posting of the Lovelight) there's proof that this show exists in the Vault, and must be pretty good....wish more of it would emerge!
    (An even more tantalizing mystery is whether the 5/3/69 Winterland second set, with its Dark Star suite, survives... The SBD of the first set is in horrible quality, so possibly there was something wrong with the recording. I would also love to know why the audience tapers that night didn't stay for the second set...)

    Also...
    Deadlists notes that part of the Cryptical>Cosmic Charlie exists on the 10/24/69 audience tape, with this tantalizing description: "The Jam between Cryptical and Cosmic takes the opening riff of Cosmic Charlie & blends it with the rhythms of the Jam out of Cryptical."
    Unfortunately, it's missing from the Archive copy - the notes there suggest that maybe it wasn't actually part of this show. But we'll never know unless we hear it!

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  5. An additional comment for 2/12/69 -

    Our tape is only the LATE set... We don't have the early show from 2/12, in fact we don't even know what they played. (Though admittedly, the song candidates are few.)

    2/11/69 was taped on 8-track, and most likely this night was as well. So I'm pretty sure that the first set from 2/12, along with the rest of this Dark Star, is in the Vault.

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  6. eddie.schwartz@comcast.netFebruary 26, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I have been trying to validate shows that were performed in Honolulu, HI June 12-13 1969. The bill was Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and the New Riders of the Purple Sage. I cannot find anything that suggest this show even exists except for a concert poster I found for this show. Have any ideas or insight?

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  7. I think your concert poster is actually for June 12-13, 1970:
    http://www.deadlists.com/posters/1970s/19700612.html

    1969 could not be the true date for the poster since the New Riders did not exist in June 1969...

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  8. The Archive has a (new?) Charlie Miller transfer of 11/7/69 that restores the missing songs cut out of the previous tape, although there's still a reel flip during Dark Star.

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    1. It is a new transfer, thanks for the note. Too bad the reel flip couldn't be patched!

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  9. Since 5-8-69 is my birthday, I've always been frustrated by the fact that not only can I not get my hands on an actual recording, nobody seems to know where or even if they played that day. For sentimental reasons, can anybody shed a little light?

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  10. Thanks for catching that - I was mistaken in listing that. Deadlists notes that it was a misdate for the 5/7/69 Golden Gate Park show, which we have. Nothing is known about any 5/8/69 show, and I doubt it exists.

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  11. Thanks Light..was afraid of that even though I've seen a 5-8-69 show in various texts including their playing some flower show in northern California lol. Ahh well, maybe they played in some alternate universe on my b-day!!! Fantastic site by the way

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  12. Well, they did play the Hall of Flowers in San Mateo on May 9 (which we don't have), then the Rose Palace in Pasadena on May 10 & the Aztec Bowl in San Diego on May 11 (and those we do have)...

    More details on the month here:
    http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2011/12/grateful-deadjerry-garcia-tour.html

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  13. Hi Light - you gave me a shout-out today on the archive 2/5/69 - thanks for that! It's impossible to have a conversation on those review boards, so I decided to come over to your blog, which has been a very valuable resource for me for a long time - been more of a browser than a commenter. Yeah, that's great news regarding that AUD - I'll be sure to check back over there once in a while to see if Mr. Miller has indeed decided to patch & upgrade that show using the found AUD. Thanks again - Doug

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    1. For other readers, the story is that Leon Komar's AUD tape of 2/5/69 has surfaced (he also taped the 4/15/69 Omaha show) and has been sent to Charlie Miller to transfer. The person who had it says, "This is a rough recording so the most I'd expect is it can be used to patch some." Nonetheless, maybe the cuts in the show will now be filled!

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    2. Oops, looks like 2/4/69 Omaha was actually the show taped, and the SBD cuts on that one aren't too significant. Nonetheless, the AUD has not yet been put into circulation.

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  14. A few more small corrections, when I get around to updating this list -

    Lemieux included the Lovelight from 6/21/69 on a Tapers' Section but wrote that it was from 6/20/69. Hopefully it was his mistake, and not an indication that the Vault tape-dates are wrong, or that 6/20/69 is also missing from the Vault.

    7/3/69 - Lemieux included Hard to Handle, Friend of Mine & Lovelight on the 7-29-13 Tapers' Section, so we now apparently have all of the show except for Mama Tried.

    9/11/69 - The Easy Wind AUD is actually from 8/30/69.

    10/24/69 - The //Other One>Cryptical>Cosmic Charlie// AUD is now on the Archive. (And it's essential listening.)

    11/7/69 - The new Miller transfer is complete with all the songs.

    12/20/69 - The full show has been released (though it's lacking Black Peter) - along with much of the missing portion of 12/21/69 (except for Mama Tried, UJB & High Time).

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