August 20, 2009

A Short Guide to 1970 Audience Tapes

1970 is one of my favorite Dead years, and it is THE year of the audience tape - I think more shows survive on audience-only recordings from this year than any other, thanks to the release of Live Dead, and many shows being played in New York and northeastern colleges where a deadhead scene sprouted and a taping scene would quickly grow. Most of them are great shows - sadly, the same is not true of the recordings....BUT, some should not be missed, and here's some pointers to a few of the big ones:

11-8-70 is perhaps the most famous audience tape of the year, practically the entire show a highlight, from the oldies medleys to the Garcia ballads to the classic Dark Star>Dancin' in the Streets -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-11-08.aud.weiner.28609.sbeok.shnf
- but fewer people talk about the shows from the 5th & 6th. This is a sad oversight! The recordings are almost as good, and the shows are incredible.
11-5-70 is just wonderful, super jamming, with a set that goes like this: Truckin>Other One>Dark Star>St Stephen>Not Fade Away>Goin Down the Road (with Pig playing harmonica)>Not Fade Away>Lovelight. Yes, one of the last shows where they played The Other One and Dark Star back-to-back! Check out the reviews here:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-11-05.aud.warner.17182.sbeok.shnf

11-6-70 is awesome - the second set goes like this: Good Lovin>Main Ten jam>Good Lovin>Alligator>JAM>Not Fade Away>Goin Down the Road>Not Fade Away>CAUTION!>Lovelight. Lots of Pigpen here, and it's so good it's unreal -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-11-06.aud.warner.17183.sbeok.shnf

From the September Fillmore East run, 9-17-70 often gets left behind because the Fillmore crew apparently didn't tape this one, so we just have one audience recording - fortunately it's a good one for the Fillmore (which usually did not produce good aud tapes, in fact most sound horrible). Nice acoustic set, and a classic second set of Dark Star w/ a Tighten Up jam>St Stephen>Good Lovin' -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-09-17.aud.remaster.sirmick.27591.sbeok.shnf

6-24-70 is also another special show from the Capitol Theater. After STARTING the late set with a Not Fade Away>Easy Wind, they go into Dark Star>Attics>Dark Star>Sugar Magnolia>Dark Star>St Stephen>China>Rider, which is played perfectly.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd_nrps70-06-24.aud.pcrp5.23062.sbeok.flacf

From early in the year, the late show on 3-21-70 is also particularly sweet. The audience is extremely rowdy, but thankfully, this is one of the best-sounding aud tapes of the year, as the band plays everything wonderfully.
They start out with a great Dancin' in the Streets and Easy Wind; the crowd gets very unruly in the acoustic set. Check out the Not Fade Away (with St Stephen and China Cat jams), and the Midnight Hour!
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-03-21.late.aud.lee.pcrp.21779.shnf
The early show is also nice and mellow, with an unusual setlist that includes Walkin' the Dog, a standalone Death Don't, and the surprising medley He Was a Friend of Mine>Viola Lee>The Seven>Cumberland Blues.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-21.early.aud.5315.sbeok.shnf

Aside from these obvious highlights, I'd also like to point out a few lesser-known tapes.

2-11-70 is actually one of the more famous shows of course; but for years many people didn't realize there was also an audience recording of this show - although it's long been available, apparently it didn't circulate too widely, since there was already a soundboard. It first appeared as a patch in the Dark Star; finally this year the whole tape finally turned up on the Archive, and turned out to be perhaps the best Fillmore East audience recording. This show has one of the first great Not Fade Aways, and of course the big jam in which all the guests can clearly be heard:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-02-11.late-set2.aud.smith.99152.sbeok.flac16

The Fillmore West shows of the year are generally not as exciting as the Fillmore East shows (aside from some extraordinary moments in the April and June runs, and the unique Eleven>Caution jam from 2-5-70) - but I think 2-8-70 is a very fine show. The circulating soundboard portion catches the end of Dark Star to the middle of Lovelight, but the aud tape sounds quite good and has it all; it's a typically lovely Star from early '70. (The whole SBD might be in the vault, since they used Smokestack on the box set.) http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-02-08.sbd-aud.cotsman.19152.sbeok.shnf
The Fillmore West shows of August 18 & 19 were also caught on audience recordings which are OK for the time but not outstanding; the shows are decent, I'd probably give the edge to 8-18 due to the Man's World, Dancing, and the acoustic set, but the second night is comparable, with David Crosby playing.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-08-18.aud.yerys.1346.sbeok.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-08-19.aud.cotsman.11797.sbeok.shnf

3-7-70 is a strong, high-energy show; if you haven't heard of it, it's because it's a noisy, incomplete aud tape with some terrible cuts - either the taper just didn't bring enough tape, or he was too wiped out to change the reels! (A lot of 1970 recordings suffer from this problem - some sadly cut out before the electric set even starts.) But although it's just an incomplete portion of a jam, I highly recommend you listen to just the five mind-blowing minutes of Not Fade Away here!
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-07.aud.hanno.6156.sbeok.shnf

6-13-70 is a joyous, high-energy show, perhaps the earliest tape where the audience recording sounds better than the soundboard! I really like the sound on this one - unfortunately, only the SBD is available on the Archive, but if you can find the aud version, check it out.

10-23-70 is another great audience recording from the fall, with really deep sound; I don't think the show is too remarkable, but it does have one of the earliest Goin' Down the Roads. (The only surviving earlier ones were October 10 & 11 - the 10th just an instrumental part - but those are very poor recordings.)
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-10-23.aud.wolfson.15080.sbefail.shnf

11-20-70 is also one of the better audience recordings, with the band loud and clear; the show is strong, but the real treat comes at the end when Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady join the band for a series of rocking jams that are well worth hearing!
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-11-20.aud.cotsman.9001.sbeok.shnf

12-28-70 is basically just like an early '71 show and is a much-praised AUD - the show's not that strong, but Pigpen has a couple highlights with Smokestack Lightning and Good Lovin'.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-12-28.aud.fink.17706.sbeok.shnf

While I'm at it, I'll also say a few words about inferior-sounding shows that I happen to like...

4-24-70 is a recording that will definitely tax the ears of most people; in addition, the end-of-show jam is horribly lost as the reel runs out. But those who can tune their ears will be rewarded by one of the strongest Dark Stars of the year, and the last Eleven -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-04-24.aud.hanno.19531.sbeok.shnf

Only masochists can endure 5-8-70....the taper apparently put his mic on stage, in front of the bass amp, so it is horribly distorted and you have to "imagine" the music. Nevertheless - what a setlist! - Dark Star>Dancing, Good Lovin' - this was clearly one of the best shows. (5-3-70 might have been an interesting show too, but the recording is an atrocity.)
5-7-70 is much more listenable, but is still a tinny/muddy-sounding tape recorded inside a gym. Stomping show, though, full of wonders for those with patient ears, including a stretched-out magical Lovelight with several intertwined thematic jams, as they often did that year.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-07.aud.weiner-gdADT04.5439.sbefail.shnf http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-08.aud.miller.32056.sbeok.flacf

I mentioned the poor-sounding audience tapes usually made in the Fillmore East, and the July run provides three good examples. 7-11-70 seems like a great show, with an extended Not Fade Away and Viola Lee that seem to go on forever, but is unfortunately buried beneath a noisy crowd and distant echo. 7-12-70 is one of my favorite shows of the year; though the recording is equally lousy, the Man's World and Other One>Uncle>Other One>Dancing are especially tremendous. 7-10-70 does sound slightly better, and shows the band going nuts with medleys: Alligator>drums>Other One>Attics of My Life>Other One>Cryptical>Cosmic Charlie, then a Good Lovin'>China>Rider>Good Lovin'!
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-07-11.aud.cotsman.9379.sbefail.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-07-12.aud.unknown.sirmick.24663.sbefail.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-07-10.aud.cotsman.17351.sbeok.shnf

11-11-70 is a wild, long show, with the first La Bamba in Good Lovin (I don't think they repeated this for 17 years!), and an hour-long series of jams with Jack Casady & Jorma Kaukonen; unfortunately the recording is pretty poor.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-11-11.aud.cotsman.17081.sbeok.shnf

11-29-70 is not such a bad recording although it doesn't really soothe the ears either, I'd say above-average for 1970 with a loud, energetic band. It's a strong show, and particularly worth checking out for the 20-minute Good Lovin with a Pigpen rap, one of the first ones that showed where they would take this tune in 1971.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-11-29.aud.hanno.7592.sbeok.shnf

And with November, this era of the audience tape comes to an end....the band started taping themselves again in December in their California shows (where there weren't as many tapers as in the east), and in 1971 audience tapes become rather scarce, and mostly of really bad quality; the situation would stay that way until 1973. Interestingly, by December '70 their "1971 sound" was well in place, with sets composed mostly of short rocking songs and not much improvisation outside of The Other One and Good Lovin.....but that's another story.......

Finally, I'll mention some other Fillmore West shows where the soundboard reels are badly cut or missing pieces, and we're fortunate to have complete audience tapes for those shows! 4-12-70 in particular is an exceptional recording of a great show. The Archive copies are patched together from the SBD and AUD sources - the full audience tapes are not on the Archive.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-04-09.sbd.hanno.6157.sbeok.shnf (SBD is the first 8 tracks)
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-04-12.sbd.kaplan.3820.sbeok.shnf (only 7 tracks from AUD)
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-06-05.sbd.bunjes-evans.28653.flac16 (AUD patches here & there)

Although early audience tapes might be disappointingly few and poor-quality compared to later years, we should remember that taping was not easy in those days - most tapers did not have good equipment, and the band was not taper-friendly at all. One old taper says, "In those days, audience taping was a clandestine affair, attempted with really piss poor equipment smuggled in backpacks or under coats--and often the mics were kept hidden in the same places. Fingers felt the cassettes or reels for time (watches helped), and there was no taper section, so what you heard was what you got." Taping could be risky, too! On the 5-16-70 recording we can hear Sam Cutler shutting the tapers down; and during the 12-31-70 show, the band directed a spotlight to a microphone:
"There's bootleggers among us! Let's find out who these people are - follow the cords from those microphones folks - turn that spotlight out there on that microphone - aha, it's going down - Underground Records, Incorporated - find this one for $10 - you oughta put it in a brown paper bag." (As a result, the tapers only got the first few songs of the show - they probably had to turn over the reel in their deck.)
Of course the band's attitudes were inconsistent - everyone remembers the moment during 8-6-71 when Weir helpfully tells the tapers to move back in order to get a better recording! But that was an unusual exception.

This is one story (from the new 3/19/73 first-set AUD) that helps explain why there aren't more good AUDs from the early years:"This was recorded by Dan H. using Adam G.'s microphone. Dan was very close to stage. About halfway through the show,one of the band members (I believe Bobby or Phil) pointed to Dan and a member of the Dead's crew came into the audience, grabbed the mic and cut the cord. He would only give the mic back if Dan handed over the tapes. Dan handed him all his blanks and what was in the machine at the time, as well as one or two with music on them. He managed to keep this one and the NRPS opener."

There are lots of stories from '70-74 of the Dead's crew stopping every recording they saw - cutting cords, confiscating tapes, smashing tapedecks, etc. Bear was very hostile to tapers, and the rest of the crew shared his attitude. As he said, "I wasn't in favor of tapers....I didn't tolerate it. [The first time] was in '69, we caught a guy in the Hollywood Palladium with a reel-to-reel tape recorder, and we said, 'That's not cool, you don't have permission to do that.' We confiscated the tapes."
A couple more examples, from later years:
Les Kippel, at Waterbury 9/23/72: "We were in the hotel room listening to our tape, when there was a knock at the door and Owsley barged in. He ran over to the tape machine - 'You cannot record the shows!' And he took the tape out of the machine and barged out of the room."
Rob Bertrando, at Santa Barbara 5/25/74: "My machine & tapes were confiscated, so no good tapes remain of that show. Ramrod came off the stage, ran to the mikes, and held a knife to the cables saying, 'Turn over the equipment or I cut your cords.'"
Jerry Moore was also busted at the Boston 6/28/74 show but managed to switch reels in the argument and handed over some blank reels - this was a trick the experienced tapers learned. Les Kippel was one taper who was organized enough to have separate people bring the tapedeck, microphones, and tapes: "We'd sit in a cluster, and friends would always protect the person who was taping.... If an usher or crew member started approaching us, we'd immediately yank the tape out and put in a phony tape. Usually the only thing they'd do was take the tape, cut the microphone cable, or take the batteries."

So in the pre-'74 days it's worth remembering that for every AUD we have, there were probably two or three more attempts that either failed, got busted, or turned out to be such poor quality they were hardly worth hearing - or, worse, were made by tapers who never traded or copied their tapes. Until after '72 or so, the idea of finding "Dead traders" was pretty much science-fiction for most people, so a lot of early tapes disappeared since they couldn't be distributed. What we have are a few lucky survivals, and it's no coincidence that most of the well-circulated AUDs were made by just a few people who happened to be at the center of some trading ring.

18 comments:

  1. A note -
    I changed my mind about 6-13-70, when I relistened to it. The show is great, but the AUD isn't. Now I wish the whole thing was in SBD.... I was probably just so blown away when I heard the AUD tape I didn't even notice the sound anymore... (Helped that my tape was sped-up, too.) At any rate, the Archive file does have the New Speedway jam (with piano) and the very jammed-out (but sadly cut) Lovelight from the AUD.
    http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-06-13.sbd.hanno.9079.sbefail.shnf

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  2. Another anti-taping story (from 11/20/73) -
    "I was sitting with a little cassette tape recorder in about the 20th row for the sound check. No one else in the audience. After playing for about half an hour Kreutzman stands up from his drum kit, points at me and says 'the kid's got a mike!' Next thing I know Parrish, a big roadie, is chasing me around the coliseum with a plastic Fred Flinstone club. He catches me, grabs my recorder but hands it back when I tell him I borrowed it. I head backstage as the band is coming off and tell Jerry that I already own all their albums and just wanted to tape for my own pleasure. He says 'sure, that's what they all say' and storms off. In this era they were not real happy about bootlegs..."

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  3. Another anti-taping story! This time from 12/2/73 - a new source that catches only the first few songs:
    "The sound is pretty clear, so it appears the taper was again seated close to the stage. Eventually, he was spotted by Sam Cutler, who is heard on the tape yanking the mic down and stopping the recording." (Just like 5/16/70...)

    Fortunately, there was another taper in the audience that night who captured the whole show. (I think there are two complete AUD sources for 12/1/73, as well.)
    By '73, sometimes multiple tapers could be found at shows...for instance, for the 5/25/74 show mentioned above where Bertrando got busted, a new complete, good-sounding audience source has just emerged. The taper had actually buried his tapedeck inside the stadium the night before the show!

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  4. And a couple more anecdotes...
    A more complete version of the Waterbury '72 story (told a few years later) -
    "The Dead's roadies, men of much muscle, enjoyed themselves cracking skulls, stealing tapes, cutting microphone cables, and so on... In Waterbury, Conn., in September of 1972, we were hanging out in our room at the local Holiday Inn, where the Dead were also staying. We were listening, of course, to Dead tapes. Bear was roaming down the hall, when he heard the strains of music. He steamrollered his way in, made off with a set of tapes, informed us that we would never get away with taping, told us that we'd be stopped, and let us know that our tapes were shit anyway compared to his! For a short time thereafter, hassles were truly intense. Still, for every one of us they've caught, twenty have never been bothered. Like the starfish, cut us and we multiply. Maybe the roadies have gotten tired of fighting us, but lately we've rarely gotten hassled."

    Of course, all was not unanimous within the Dead camp. Les Kippel tells about how a group of tapers were listening to the Dead's Woodstock '69 show when the Dead visited Florida in June 1974:
    "Word got to Phil Lesh that this tape was around, and he made a bee-line to the room of the person who had the tape. He sat there transfixed, not moving, and then became animated and couldn't control his excitement. He turned to the people in the room and said, 'I must have a copy of this tape.' Naturally, everyone was thrilled. 'But,' he continued, 'don't bother recording the music. I only want the talking!'"

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  5. According to Dennis McNally in an interview with Katie Harvey, the band's early anti-taping policy was not really consistent, and not really determined by the band:
    'From night to night, tapers were not sure if they would be allowed to tape; often it depended on the specific taper, crewmember, and moment... The band did not want to police their audience, so the decision regarding taping resided with the crew. "Since it wasn’t required for [the band] to deal with it, they didn’t really think about it, [so] the policy varied…from night to night.”'

    Taper Jimmy Warburton tells the story of having his tapes taken by a Dead roadie at the 7/31/74 show. (His earlier attempt at taping the 6/28/74 show was foiled when his mike wire was cut.) "I went up to Danny Rifkin...the manager for the Dead, and I explained to him what happened. He goes, 'Oh, we told that guy to stop doing that,' and he brought a box of tapes out and he says, 'Hey, take what's yours.'"

    Louis Falanga tells a less heartening story, that when he was taping one of the Winterland '74 'farewell' shows, Ramrod stormed over, cut his wire, and demanded his tapes. Thinking fast, Falanga said, "Hey, this guy's trying to steal my tape recorder!" and while the crowd around them booed and said, "Get out of here man," Falanga was able to switch reels in the commotion and give Ramrod a blank tape.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/26367749/Embaling-the-Grateful-Dead

    Most of these stories come from '73/74; though it's evident that the Dead crew was doing their best to stop tapers in their tracks, by then so many tapers were swarming to shows, that almost every show got captured on an audience tape anyway.
    The Dead outfit tired of this losing struggle, which is a big reason why, when they returned to touring in '76 and faced a forest of microphone stands, they switched to a more hands-off policy on tapers.

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  6. A new 1970 audience tape has surfaced! - from 10/17/70 Cleveland. It's a good show in pretty good sound, and I've written a new post on it.

    Someday I will have to revise this post.

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  7. Freddie Fier and I were sitting in the first row center at the Boston Music hall 6-12-76.
    Donna Godawful was giving us the evil eye because on each side of us was a D1000e mic sticking up on a cane, and we made about thee best audience tape ever from there.
    But it was a super WBCN b'cast also....so.
    It was fun seeing her be a little peeved.
    seeing how her caterwawling gave us many fits of anger in previous years.
    the roadie who attacked me on June 28 73 and july 31 74 was, the now deceased Sonny Hurd... who got blown away at his doorstep later by someone who he had pissed off I betcha.
    Anyways it was fun.
    Rob Berger has most of my 500 reels now...anything you need is buried in there somewhere.
    Still Taping but Americana alt country now.
    Jimmy Warburton of Holyland Pirates Gmail

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  8. Even Donna glared at tapers? My goodness...

    Buddy Cage once called Sonny Heard "one of the larger, meaner GD roadies." Which, in that crowd, must have been saying something - and he was probably not a sight any taper wanted to see coming at them!

    Taper Monte Barry wrote of the 7/31/73 show:
    "I taped FOB on July 31. My mic was mounted on a 10-foot pole that night. A huge Hell's Angel security dude was dispatched by GD from backstage to go into the audience and confiscate my tapes during the last song. He was gigantic - approx 6' 6" / 250 pounds and ripped body, wearing Hell's Angels colors, long hair and beard. I was an itty-bitty 5' 7" / 130-pound hippie, and I was caught red-handed taping. He politely asked me for my tape. I ejected the cassette from my tape deck and I surrendered just this one tape to him. He said "thank you" to me. Then he departed and headed backstage. My friend Jimmy Watson followed him backstage. Jimmy was back 5 minutes later with my tape!"

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  9. On the subject of the 5/8/70 Dark Star I was wondering if you had any info in regards to a vault copy of the show or is that awful audience tape believed to be the only record of that show we have available.

    That version of Dark Star along with 2/11,9/19 and 10/11 are my favorites from that year.As horrible as that recording is,if you listen with a little patience and imagination you can get a feel for what the performance was about.

    It cut's in on Jer strumming on the theme,then Jer plays nice stacked repeaters ringing out on the theme licks ->1:15 1st verse ->2:15 full band ominous space,rushes of percussion,scary guitar plucks,deep resonant bass -> insect swarm vibe ->4:00 Phil throb,Jer crashes and thrashes,rowdy percussion -> alien space/sci-fi movie music with an oddly jazz like feel ->6:00 Jer plays pretty,real out style space licks,music is full-on space drone/throb,excellent pluck/scrape carrying on->pleasant sing-song Jer against foghorn blast, space bass->8:00 beautiful Asian like space pluck -> odd pretty shuffle,sort of on theme ->10:00 Jer plays crying leads on theme with an edgy tone against punk like Phil bass ->band dances around Tighten Up theme,nice Jer ringers ->12:00 real pretty runs on Tighten Up theme,Weir counters nicely->good strummed runs,tone rings out,jazz feel again ->14:00 Jer cooks on theme,band is swinging->16:00 full-on UJB theme,Jer on top ->loose space ->18:04.

    I really like this Star and consider it to be a fairly unique take on the song,it shares some similarities with the 10/11 version in that they both touch on an Asian feel (more pronounced in the 10/11 version),and both have that throb/ percussive space feel,Phil's approach on both seem to be in a similar vein.

    Any feelings on this version of the Star LIA ? Only respond to this post if you have some free time to waste,as I know that you are a busy person and would not want you to feel obligated to respond,I have the luxury of ample free time.

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  10. I always reply to Dark Star queries!

    The awful 5/8/70 audience tape is indeed the only record of the show. If an SBD tape was made, it was lost or hasn't surfaced, and is not in the Vault.

    Charlie Miller talked about the tape:
    It was "given to me by a Steve Kimock fan who happened to be the taper for 5/8/70. He was sitting on the side of the stage with his deck. (He also gave me his aud masters to both GD and NRPS sets to 10/27/71. I never did anything with those.) As for starting the tape at Dark Star, well, things were different back then and he taped over one of the tapes with the Live Dead album. So the one tape I circulated was all that the taper had left. He also lost some of the tapes which is why there is only one, but the one that is left is the one we want."

    Unfortunately the recording was an ill-fated combination of poor equipment & poor location. This was likely one of the best shows of May '70, and our intrepid taper stuck his mike up onstage right in front of the amps.... The band's volume overwhelmed his poor equipment. (There's lots of tape crackling - poor brand - and even in the moments of silence, there's still a loud whine & rumble from the tape - like a dictation machine!) Alas, stage-taping worked on 5-3-69, but didn't work here. (If only Weir had told him to move back!)

    Sonically extreme, it's like having all the amps turned up to 11 in a wall of distortion, in which we can only make out a fraction of the sound. The music still cuts through, though, and I find it a very rewarding tape. In a way, the poor quality partly enhances it, since you have to imagine what it "really" sounded like through the murk. The Dead sound particularly powerful on this tape.
    Collector Matt Vernon also likes it - he wrote: "The quality of this recording is at the low end of auds, but the music is incredible... Despite the distortion and overload, I found myself giving this a repeat listen for a few days."

    My impression was that this Dark Star is not unusually adventurous, but it's very smoothly done with all the sections flowing naturally, and the Feelin' Groovy is a very relaxing finish.
    The space section is tremendous; and the transitions from chaos to melodic uplift work well as they slowly build up to a familiar theme - the final shift to Feelin' Groovy sounds especially satisfying. And the sudden transition to Dancing in the Streets is unique (shared only with 11/8/70).
    There's a particularly triumphant feeling to the playing tonight. (Heck, just the first 20 seconds of Dark Star are awesome - I could play that intro over & over. Wish we knew what came before that!) The audience is really digging it; they applaud periodically throughout the jams.

    The comparison to 10/11/70 is telling, since that was a wild & energetic Star, in similarly poor sound (tho not quite as bad), so it doesn't get as much praise as it should.
    I would call 4/24/70 another unsung but fantastic Dark Star. (5/15/70, for example, is much more mild, quiet & restrained than these other Stars.)

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  11. By the way - I've long been thinking about redoing this post, separating the "anti-taping" stories from the 1970 guide & making them their own post. It's really two different topics.

    I've been hesitant to do that, though, because it feels like cheating the reader - making a "new" post just by re-posting what I've already written.
    It may still be worth doing for form's sake, though.

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  12. I've gone into much more detail about Marty Weinberg's tapes in a new post:
    http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2012/07/marty-weinberg.html

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  13. That 5/8/70 is one sick Dark Star. Is there hope of a board tape? Maybe it's at Owsley's house.

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    1. I believe all Owsley's Dead tapes were turned over to the Dead Vault; in any case he didn't tape that tour (Bob Matthews taped at least some of it).
      But there is still some small hope that more tapes from this period are being kept somewhere, like the '69/70 Owsley reels that were recently returned to the Vault - crew members at that time could pretty much help themselves to the tapes, and some may have them still. The 5/8/70 SBD reels could be moldering in a damp basement as we speak!

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    2. By the way, new unknown AUDs like 10/17/70 and Jim Cooper's Fillmore/Port Chester tapes can still surface sometimes as well. One lady on dead.net said she taped 11/23/70 and still had it, but didn't reply to queries. One guy on the Archive said he taped 5/9/70, but the tape was distorted and, the last time he saw it, was shedding oxide. This is the kind of thing that makes me tear my hair out, but what can you do.

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  14. Just a note to myself (there's no post this comment really belongs to) -
    I'm intrigued that in summer '73, Garcia had Kidd Candelario make AUD tapes of some shows alongside the SBDs. Examples that have surfaced:
    http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-06-30.aud.weiner.100346.flac16 (Boswell/Smith have also just uploaded a new transfer)
    https://archive.org/details/gd1973-07-27.123408.candelario-boswell-smith.flac16
    http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-07-28.aud.weiner.106794.flac16
    https://archive.org/details/gd1973-09-24.128997.aud.candelario.smith.flac16
    It's likely others were taped this way as well.
    Sample text notes include "Recorded by Kidd at the soundboard," and "Reels dubbed in 1979 by Will Boswell from Jerry Garcia's personal collection. Original recording made by the sound crew at the soundboard."
    I don't think anyone has discussed these tapes - they're excellent recordings, as you might expect - but it's curious why Garcia would want AUD tapes made of the shows just then. Maybe it was a way for him to check the actual PA sound (which the SBD tapes don't reflect). Bear had made a couple AUD tapes back in fall '72, but I think that was just because he was having problems with the recording equipment - in these '73 shows, Kidd was rolling AUD & SBD tapes at the same time.

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  15. I remember reading there were also June 1976 shows taped from the audience by the Dead's crew that came into circulation recently.

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    1. Good point! Actually a big chunk of the June '76 tour crew-AUD tapes came into circulation:
      https://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-12.aud.digitalrbb.miller.111783.flac16
      https://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-19.aud.digitalrbb.miller.111875.flac16
      https://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-21.aud.digitalrbb.miller.112162.flac16
      https://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-22.aud.digitalrbb.miller.112789.flac16
      https://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-23.aud.miller.95321.sbeok.flac16
      https://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-24.aud.digitalrbb.miller.112290.flac16
      https://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-26.s2.aud.digitalrbb.miller.112790.flac16
      https://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-28.aud.digitalrbb.miller.112417.flac16
      https://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-29.aud.digitalrbb.miller.112407.flac16
      Text notes: "The tape was recorded by a Grateful Dead crew member. The tape was labeled "For Danny" (they were made for Dan Healy)." "Show was recorded by a band crew member with mics placed at soundboard."

      Healy said in later years that AUD tapes were useful to help him judge how good the room sound was. My guess is that was the purpose of these tapes...

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