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Poster: spinyn Date: Jul 24, 2004 8:04pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Greatest Dead Show of All Time?

I actually went to 3.1.69 and it truly was all it has come to be considered. It was a life-changer for me... Jerry and Phil used to play off each other much more back then and had such tremendous synergy, driving each other to new heights continually. It felt like the music was being made up on the spot moment-by-moment, which indeed it was. Yeah, there were songs and structures but the music really seemed to be coming through them, channeled from on high. (I was pretty high myself, to be honest, but that's a whole 'nother story...). I remember during the "Dark Star", it felt like a spaceship had taken off, taking the crowd with them. The ceiling of the Carousel seemed to be rotating, that wild part in the middle when Tom Constantin goes off. Incredible night that made me a fan for life. I already was but this show took it over the edge.

What people don't realize is this was a typical Bill Graham show with Pentangle from England and probably the Sons Of Champlin on the bill, too, each who played two sets. I am sure Pentangle did, the girl singer and John Renbourne sitting on chairs...

Didn't realize the Dead were recording til many years later when it became known the whole weekend was recorded multi-track. 2.28.69 is pretty amazing, as well...

This post was modified by spinyn on 2004-07-25 03:04:37

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Poster: lazylyghtning Date: Jul 24, 2004 1:26am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Greatest Dead Show of All Time?

Dude, can I have your autograph? Cool story man, thanks for sharing it. Most shows I've seen are all a big jumbled blur now. Even since I started going sober. Its just like one big giant show, at a lot of different venues.