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Grateful Dead 04/29/71
Fillmore East, New York, NY
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Entered by dr.unclear
Checksums shn-md5 , st5
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Source Summary SBD>MR>CDR; includes NRPS; see info file for listening notes and detailed source info; tracked out and with same background info as previous shn set, but md5s differ; via vine? 
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4/29/71  Fillmore East, New York, NY

Lineage: SBD>MR>CDR

SBD>MR : Shure line mixers > Sony reel to reel (middle of
         the line model, exact model
         unknown) at 7 1/2 ips onto
         BASF 90 minute reels
         MR>CDR: Revox A77 reel to reel > Alesis Masterlink ML960

Disc 1
---- NRPS ----
1. Six Days On The Road [3:19]
2. Runnin' Back To You [5:35]
3. I Don't Know You [4:12]
4. Sailin' [4:20]
5. Henry [4:24]
6. Dirty Business [11:07]
7. Superman [5:37]
8. Lodi [4:16]
9. Glendale Train [5:01]
10. Fair Chance To Know [4:11]
11. The Weight [7:50]

Disc 2
---- NRPS (Continued) ----
1. Portland Woman [7:32]
2. Last Lonely Eagle [7:10]
3. Louisiana Lady [4:47]
4. Honky Tonk Women [7:17]

---- Set 1 ----
5. Truckin' [11:22]
6. Bertha [10:44]
7. Hurts Me Too [6:36]

Disc 3
---- Set 1 (Continued) ----
1. Tuning [1:49]
2. Cumberland Blues [4:39]
3. Me & My Uncle [4:13]
4. Bird Song // [11:49]
5. Playin' [7:28]
6. Loser [10:26]
7. Dark Hollow [5:51]
8. Hard to Handle [10:15]

Disc 4
---- Set 1 (Continued) ----
1. Ripple [7:52]
2. Me and Bobby McGee [5:12]
3. Casey Jones [5:56]
---- Set 2 ----
4. Morning Dew [10:58]
5. New Minglewood Blues [6:49]
6. Sugar Magnolia [7:49]
7. Black Peter [11:20]
8. BIODTL [3:19]
9. Second That Emotion [5:15]

Disc 5
---- Set 2 (Continued) ----
1. Alligator > [5:30]
2. Drums > [4:09]
3. Jam > [9:42]
4. GDTRFB > [4:28]
5. Cold Rain [6:39]
6. Chinacat Sunflower // [4:02]
7. I Know You Rider [5:59]
8. Greatest Story > [2:54]
9. Johnny B. Goode [6:25]
10. Uncle John's Band [8:23]
11. Bill Graham comments [4:42]
---- Encore ----
12. Midnight Hour [9:59]
13. AWBYGN [4:30]

[ All of these glitches are from the master reels and are not
  digi-noise.  Many of the glitches aren't even tape problems and
  are suspected to be percussion or someone knocking something,
  but are noted here for completeness ]
d1t04 1:07 - quiet tick/pop? (Sailin')
d1t08 2:54 - quiet tick/pop? (Lodi)
d1t08 2:59, 3:00, 3:25, 3:26 - quiet static/tick
d2t01 1:50-1:57, 3:33, 3:42, 3:43, 5:54 - strange quiet clicking noise in right
channel.  Not digi-noise (leading theories:
pick knocking a pickguard or pickup or a
watchband knocking the side of a guitar)
(Portland Woman)
d2t03 2:42 - tick (Lousiana Lady)
d2t03 3:03, 3:05, 3:09 - quiet ticks
d3t04 8:37 - end of reel?, rest of song missing (Bird Song)
d4t02 2:33 - splice, at least a verse missing? (Bobby McGee)
d5t06 3:59 - end of song missing, faded out (Chinacat)
d5t07 2:04 - tape problems, short splice (Rider)
d5t11 4:12 - click (Bill Graham comments)
d5t12 0:09 - click (Midnight Hour)
d5t12 4:02-7:40 strange click in left channel.  Not digi-noise, percussion

-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- The Story of the Tapes *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-

"Who's the Dead freak?" With that innocuous question the story of these tapes
begins. It was the summer of 1973, between attending 6/10/73 at R.F.K.
Stadium and the Watkins Glen soundcheck. A friend of mine was listening to
Live/Dead at his parent's house. A local cabinetmaker was working at the
house and asked the question. He mentioned that he had a bunch of Dead tapes
from the Fillmore East back at his house. For about a year, three 90 minute
composites of the 4/71 shows had made their way around taping circles in the
Princeton, N.J. area, but not the complete shows.
Within hours, Peter Kafer and I were at the cabinet shop with our reel to
reel decks. What we found when we got there were 11 master reels of the 4/71
shows, along with a host of other 1st and 2nd generation tapes from the
Fillmore East of other bands, but also including 9/20/70. Also there were the
1st generation reels from 11/23/70 at the Anderson Theater.

The 4/26-29/71 master reels were recorded by an individual named Buddy
Miller, a local N. J. area musician. Buddy has become a very well respected,
and recorded, Nashville guitarist. He is currently touring with Emmy Lou
Harris, and can be heard on her current CD, Red Dirt Girl. Buddy was a friend
of the cabinetmaker and, since he travelled a great deal, the tapes resided
at the cabinet shop. Buddy was set up to record these shows by a friend who
was a member of the Fillmore East soundcrew.

These shows were NOT recorded in the same manner as the February '70,the May
15, '70 show, and  the material from the September 18, 19, '70 shows. For the
April '71 shows, a feed was run off the soundboard, which was upstairs in a
balcony box, stageleft. There is a good picture of the soundbooth in Amalie
Rothchild's book, Live at the Fillmore East. The feed went from the
soundboard into a broomcloset nearby, literally a broomcloset. Buddy
remembers a bucket and mop! The feed was mixed down on two little Shure line
mixers and recorded on a middle of the line Sony deck onto BASF 90 minute
reels at 7 1/2 ips. There was also a little consumer Dolby B unit used, which
is why these recordings seem so 'bright'.

We taped everything that summer of 1973 onto BASF reels. The following fall,
Peter took his reels with him to California to begin his freshman year at
U.C., Berkeley. From here he met various West coast tapers such as Bob Menke
and Rob Bertrando, and the tapes began their circulation on the West coast. I
took mine to Trinity College in Connecticut and began to circulate them out

Two years later, we wanted to retape the original masters, since we now had
somewhat better decks and Maxell reel to reel tape had come on the market. We
recopied everything. At this time, Buddy Miller simply gave us many of the
Fillmore and Anderson Theater reels for essentially the cost of blank tape.
His own musical interests had moved on. Of the 4/71 masters, we were given 6
of the 11 reels and Buddy retained the other 5. I've had these reels in my
possession since then.

Why has it taken so long for these reels to enter the digital world?
Basically because I dropped out of the whole tape collecting scene about 1980
due to family, career, etc.

However, two of my old taping buddies, Bernie Tenenbaum and Chris Zingg,
implored me to get my reels digitized before the analog reels degraded.
Fortunately they had been safely stored in cardboard boxes, away from heat
and light, in the back of a closet. I knew nothing of the digital world,
didn't have a DAT or CD machine, had no idea what a tree or a 'B and P' was,
and was absolutely amazed at how big the community of collectors had become.
When I effectively left it at the end of the '70s, it was really only a
handful of people.

This past Spring I reconnected with Buddy Miller for the first time in over
20 years. He actually was able to dig up 2 of the 5 original BASF masters
that he had hung onto, and mailed them up to me. With 8 of the original 11
now in hand, and my complete set of Maxell 1st gen. copies  to fill in the
blanks for the still missing 3 masters, I digitized the shows. The missing
reels, #'s 4, 5, and 6,  run from 4/27 Hard to Handle through the pre-break
portion of Bird Song on 4/28. For this I used the Maxells. Along the way, I
was directed to Jim Wise for advice and assistance in digitizing and getting
the shows out into the community.

I transferred the shows to CD incorporating the New Riders sets, instead of
treating them discreetly. I really believe that the performances should be
considered in their entirety. Back in the '70s when these shows got
circulated, the Riders sets got ignored after awhile, which was a shame. They
are a lot of fun to listen to, and a great warmup for the Dead show to follow.

The reels were played on a Revox A77 and digitized directly onto an Alesis
Masterlink ML9600, sampling at 16 bit, 44.1 k. The Alesis was a wonderful
solution for someone in my position, sitting on a bunch of reels. It removed
the intermediate step of re-recording everything onto DAT. For those who are
curious about the Masterlink, check it out at

One final bit of information that makes this whole 27 year story all the more
fascinating is that these 2 track masters were used for the recent 16 track
release, Ladies and Gentlemen....The Grateful Dead. While the 16 track
recordings had Bill Graham's introduction and his tribute/tirade speech
before In the Midnight Hour on 4/29, it was not nearly as strong and present
as it was on the 2 tracks for some reason.Through an introduction facilitated
by Jim Wise, Jeffrey Norman and David Lemieux asked if I could send out the 2
tracks to be used on the release. With 5 days to go before the production CDs
were due at the printing plant, I FedEx'ed them out and they were used for
those two Bill Graham pieces. A wonderful chapter after all these years.

There has always been a question about 4/25/71. The BASF master labelled #1
begins with Big Boss Man from 4/26. Back in 1973 we saw nothing of any taping
of 4/25's show. I have asked Buddy about it and, after 29 years, he doesn't
believe he recorded it, which would be consistent with 4/26 being #1. Just a
guess: since the record company was there to record the run, our
surrepticious broomcloset tapers just lay low the first night to make sure it
was clear to try to tape. I know there has been a high-gen fragment of 4/25
that has circulated for years that supposedly came from cassette masters that
were also made of these shows. While anything is possible, if this were true
one would have to wonder why no material from cassette has ever surfaced of
any of the other 4 nights. The mystery remains, but one day I am gonna have
to put this mystery to rest.

I hope everyone enjoys these new and improved versions of the 4/71 Fillmore
East shows.  They have always been the heart of my Dead collection and many
others as well, I suspect.

Bill Gadsden

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Date User Comment
08/15/2001 Hamilton, Diana Seeing the "vine?" note, Keith Bode has passed along this comment: "I also made some shn copies for Justin Hoffman who was running a vine,
of the 4/27,28,and 29 shows. I knew Justin was going to do some vines,
but I didn't know he was going to do it in shn, I didn't even think
about it Justin works on a Mac and said he said he can't extract
audio. I did a shn conversion of the extracted copies of the show I had
on my hard drive. These are from the same masters Bill Gadsen made. My
audio copies came from Charlie Miller. As far as the 4/26 vine show,
John Oleynick sent me a copy of the one he had, and I copied that for
Justin and it is the same one as is the main known copy of that show.
Charlie had a problem geting part of that show, and I went looking for