Some (or 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 years later.
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 - in 1969 it was often Bear's practice to tape a show both on cassettes and reels, so that 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.) In many cases, an alternate tape is in the Vault that can be used to patch any gaps.
Comments on the tapes are mostly quoted from Deadlists.
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.
Updated March 2018.
MISSING 1969 SHOWS
12/31/68 Winterland, SF - [ Midnight Hour ; Dark Star > Saint Stephen > The Eleven > Turn On Your Lovelight ]
(This was the Dead's first live 16-track recording. David Lemieux says, "The reels of 12/31/68 were erased to record the January '69 Avalon shows (hey, tape was expensive!), with one lonely Midnight Hour left on tape, featuring all of the musicians who performed that night in an all-star jam. The sound on this 16-track recording is very poor, filled with distortion.")
1/2/69 Fillmore West, SF
1/3/69 Fillmore West, SF
1/4/69 Fillmore West, SF - [ Morning Dew ; Good Morning Little Schoolgirl ; Dark Star > (St Stephen > The Eleven) > Turn On Your Lovelight. (Per a newspaper report from one show of this run.) ]
1/24/69 Avalon, SF - Apparently another 30 minutes of SBD hasn't made it into circulation yet.
1/26/69 Avalon, SF - There's a big cut in Dark Star, which may be a late tapeflip.
1/31/69 Kinetic Playground, Chicago
2/1/69 Kinetic Playground, Chicago
2/4/69 Music Box, Omaha - Lovelight was played after Death Don't, per a newspaper review, but was not taped.
2/5/69 Memorial Hall, 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 Kiel Auditorium, 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 Lyric Theater, Baltimore (early & late shows)
2/12/69 Fillmore East, NYC - We are missing the early show (which is probably in the Vault).
The late show cuts in at the end of Dark Star. Probably the missing 16 minutes on the circulating tape represents the beginning of the Dark Star.
(One Deadbase reviewer recalls a set with country songs and Mountains of the Moon - I suspect this is the Dupree's/Mountains pairing, and probably was in the 2/12 early show.)
2/19/69 Fillmore West, SF - A tape from this show has circulated under the false date of 6/19/68 - see here. However it's incomplete, and an unknown amount is missing.
(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." Supposedly the set ran for "four hours.")
[ Dark Star ]
2/24 + 26/69 Matrix, SF - Hartbeats
3/12/69 Fillmore West, SF [not confirmed]
3/17/69 Winterland, SF [not confirmed]
3/21/69 Rose Palace, Pasadena [ Schoolgirl opener ; "space jam" ]
(A dead.net reviewer describes this as a short set; he may have attended 3/22, which fits this description. One 3/21 attendee thought they played "everything from Anthem." Deadlists notes that there could be one or more tunes missing after Schoolgirl on our 3/22 tape, which is under an hour and has several big cuts.)
3/22/69 Thee Experience, West Hollywood CA (with the Mothers of Invention) - the Dead apparently came to the club after playing their short opening set at the Pasadena Rose Palace. They also played a Sunday jam session there, most likely the next day on March 23.
3/27/69 Merced [not confirmed]
4/11/69 University of AZ, 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 the Other One.
4/15/69 Music Box, Omaha - Most of the show is AUD only (the first 30 minutes circulate in SBD). The AUD cuts off during the Eleven, so we are missing the end of the show. According to a newspaper review, it ended with an hour-long "Anthem of the Sun" and It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.
4/22/69 The Ark, 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.)
4/25/69 Kinetic Playground, Chicago - Weir announces there will be a second set. According to a witness, the Velvet Underground played so long, the Dead only got to play one set. Most likely this is true (the Dead retaliated the next day), but it's still possible that memories are mistaken and the Dead did play another missing set on 4/25.
5/2/69 Winterland, SF - [ Cold Rain & Snow ; Alligator ; The Other One ; Death Don't Have No Mercy ]
5/3/69 Sierra College, Rocklin (afternoon show) - [ Morning Dew ; Turn On Your Love Light ; Baby Blue ; BIODTL ]
(Lemieux has played the Lovelight on the Taper's Section, 4-30-07, and the full set was included the Jam of the Week in Sept. 2014, but doesn't yet circulate.)
5/3/69 Winterland, SF, second set - [ Dupree's Diamond Blues ; Sittin On Top Of The World ; Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Turn On Your Love Light ; Baby Blue encore ]
(The SBD for the first set circulates in terrible quality.)
5/7/69 Golden Gate Park, SF - An eyewitness setlist includes Dancing in the Street, Cryptical, Hi Heel Sneakers, and the Eleven, which are missing from the tape but may have been played.
5/9/69 Hall of Flowers, San Mateo - [ Me & My Uncle ; Hard To Handle ; Doin' That Rag ; New Potato Caboose ; Turn On Your Love Light ]
5/28/69 Winterland, SF - [ Smokestack Lightnin' ; Doin' That Rag ; Saint Stephen ; That's It For The Other One > Turn On Your Love Light ]
5/29/69 Robertson Gym, Santa Barbara - [ Turn On Your Love Light ]
(The 5/11/69 show with the Santana drummers used to be attributed to this date.)
5/31/69 McArthur Court, 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 California Hall, SF - Bobby Ace show; the Dead with John Dawson & David Nelson, and Peter Grant on pedal-steel. (For setlist & more details, see here.)
6/20/69 Fillmore East, NYC, early & late shows - [King Bee ; Cold Jordan ; Dire Wolf ; Casey Jones ; Mama Tried ; Turn On Your Love Light: Alligator ]
(A newspaper report of the 6/20 late show specifies that it opened with Dire Wolf w/ Weir vocals and Mama Tried, with Garcia on pedal steel for both, included King Bee, and closed with Lovelight and a "brief acoustic spiritual" encore. A dead.net review confirms that Alligator was played at one of the shows.)
(Lemieux played a Lovelight with this date on the Taper's Section, 6-18-07, noting that Bear taped the show on cassette; but it was actually the Lovelight from 6/21/69.)
Lemieux also included another part of the circulating 6/21/69 show on the Taper's Section, dating it 6/20. This, combined with the newspaper report, makes me think that 6/20/69 is the actual date for our "6/21" SBD tape, and we're actually missing the 6/21/69 late show.
6/21/69 Fillmore East, NYC, 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.
As noted above, I now believe that this tape comes from the 6/20/69 late show, so the 6/21 late show is apparently lost.
6/22/69 Central Park, NYC - Only first two songs available in SBD; rest of show is AUD only.
6/29/69 The Barn, Rio Nido [unconfirmed]
7/3/69 Reed's Ranch, Colorado Springs - Lemieux included Hard to Handle, Friend of Mine & Lovelight on the 7-29-13 Tapers' Section; so along with Charlie Miller's circulating tape, we now have the entire show except for Mama Tried.
7/6/69 Grande Ballroom, Detroit (unconfirmed)
7/8/69 Rock Pile, 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) ]
7/11/69 Queens, NY - Our tape cuts off in Lovelight & is missing the Cosmic Charlie encore.
7/12/69 Queens, NY - First part of the show is only available in AUD.
7/16/69 Longshoreman's Hall, SF
8/20/69 El Roach Tavern, Ballard, WA
8/24/69 Paradise Valley Resort, Squamish, BC - The Dead never showed up at this festival. They may have played a free show in San Francisco, but that's uncertain as well.
9/1/69 Baton Rouge Speedway - Lovelight cut. If correct, Eaton's timing implies a complete Turn On Your Love Light on the master.
Tom Constanten recalls the Jefferson Airplane sitting in at this show, which is not on tape, but a multi-group jam session was scheduled to end the festival.
9/6/69 Family Dog, SF - Lemieux played the end of the show, Casey Jones & the Midnight Hour encore, on the Taper's Section (8-29-11) - they weren't on the circulating copy but are all there is in the Vault; so there may be more missing from this show as well. (The Midnight Hour also came into circulation recently as "unknown show '68.")
It turns out more was missing after all. A fragment of Not Fade Away>Easy Wind has turned up, suggesting there's a lost reel out there with the rest of the show.
[9/11/69 Family Dog? -
It turns out this Easy Wind is actually from the 8/30/69 AUD.
9/26/69 Fillmore East, NYC, early show - AUD only
9/26/69 Fillmore East, NYC, late show - [ Lovelight ]
9/27/69 Fillmore East, NYC, early show - AUD only [Schoolgirl]
Per a newspaper review, Schoolgirl was the early-show encore; however a couple audience members reported it in the late show.
9/27/69 Fillmore East, NYC, late show - [ Mama Tried ; Good Morning Little Schoolgirl ; possibly Midnight Hour ]
[Another audience member recalls: Cryptical > The Other One ; Morning Dew ; Schoolgirl ; Alligator > Feedback.]
9/29/69 Cafe au Go Go, NYC, early show - AUD only; also [ He Was A Friend Of Mine ]
9/29/69 Cafe au Go Go, NYC, late show
9/30/69 Cafe au Go Go, NYC, early show - AUD only
9/30/69 Cafe au Go Go, NYC, late show
10/1/69 Cafe au Go Go, NYC - two shows
10/2/69 Boston Tea Party
10/3/69 Boston Tea Party [ Midnight Hour ]
10/4/69 Boston Tea Party
10/5/69 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston - [ Lovelight ]
10/6/69 Family Dog, SF [unconfirmed & doubtful]
10/17/69 San Jose (This turned out to be an NRPS show, not the Grateful Dead.)
10/24/69 Winterland, SF - AUD only - several songs missing: [ Hard to Handle ; Mama Tried ; Good Lovin' ]
(A superior stereo copy has appeared on the Archive that includes the //Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Jam > Cosmic Charlie//.)
10/25/69 Winterland, SF - 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, SF - 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 that was long in circulation was edited and missing several songs, but Charlie Miller has released a superior complete copy.
On the circulating tape the Uncle John's Jam cuts off, so part of the Dark Star is lost. There is room to hope that a Vault tape contains the complete Dark Star.]
12/5/69 Fillmore West, SF - AUD only
12/10/69 Thelma, Los Angeles - The Other One suite>Cosmic Charlie// is AUD only, thought to come from this date. Its placement in this show is uncertain; it's generally attributed to a second set, which is otherwise completely missing. (It's likely the Dead played two long sets on the 10th, as on the 11th-12th, and the Other One suite probably comes from the missing set on the 10th.)
12/14/69 "Kaleidoscope"/Aquarius Theater, Los Angeles [On Tom Constanten's show list, but unconfirmed. May be derived from an older Deadbase?]
12/20/69 Fillmore - The circulating tape was missing a reel from the middle of the show; but the complete show has been released on Dave's Picks 6. (Black Peter, though it's in the Deadbase setlist, was not on the Vault reel.)
12/21/69 Fillmore - The circulating tape was missing the first reel of the show; but it's now been released on the Dave's Picks 6 bonus disc. The full show is split between that disc and the circulating tape. Three songs may still be missing.
[ Mama Tried ; Uncle John's Band ; High Time. (It's not known if these were actually played.) ]
12/22/69 Napa Valley Sports Camp
12/30/69 Boston Tea Party - 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 transiting 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.)