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Grateful Dead 02/19/69
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
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Source # 4511 Other Sources
Entered by Matt Vernon
Checksums shn-md5 , st5
Disc Counts 0 / 2
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Source Summary SBD> MC> D> CD; start of Lovelight clipped, ragged sound improves later; via 
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Admin note on 4/17/2011- this source is now thought to be from 2/19/69 and has been moved to that date.  The info file and track names reflect the original date assignment.


Grateful Dead
Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco


  DISC 1

  1. //Lovelight-->
  2. Not Fade Awa-->
  3. Lovelight
  4. Stage Banter
  5. Chanting

  DISC 2

  1. Jam-->
  2. The Main Ten-->
  3. Jam-->
  4. The Other One Jam

This is a very strange show.  The start of Lovelight is clipped, with the recording improving from what is a ragged condition at first.  The sound system has technical difficulties, with an intermittent buzz during portions of Lovelight from a bad electrical connection.  There is some minor static at 9:30 of the first track.   The vocals are very low in the mix, and difficulties with the sound system might explain a lack of singing during the second set, though the jams are very inspired.  The recording includes a group chant between sets, which may include members of the band, crowd, a woman who sounds like Grace Slick, a child, an imposter-drummer, security etc.

Show Checksums
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Date User Comment
03/06/2003 Brian call me crazy but this is either not from 1968 or it is the first time the Dead played Not Fade Away.
I'm guessing that it's not from '68.
03/06/2003 Diana Like so many of their years, IMO the Dead's sound in '68 was distinct from other years, so you should be able to date it by year just by listening.
03/12/2003 Jim Van Houten Brian.....You're Crazy!!!
This is from Bear's Ampex C-90 Cm
03/13/2003 raoulduke my deadbase X does indeed have this liated as the 1st known NFA
03/16/2003 Brian Allright, Allright
I'm nutso!
I actually just got this show and it is definitely '68. Interesting NFA, they approached it with a brevity that has changed considerably since. This is surely one of the stranger dead shows....
10/21/2003 Eric Definitely John Cipollina playing guitar on d2t01-d2t03.
Possibly an additional musician on percussion as well.
03/13/2005 dms disc counts = 1/2
03/16/2005 Is this also the first known version of "The Main Ten"? Stellar jams on this one...
05/21/2006 Matt Vernon This was posted on a dnc thread by Charlie Miller: "6/19/68
From Mike Dolgushkin: The show that circulates as 6/19/68 is misdated. It's actually 2/19/69--the Celestial Synapse at the Fillmore West. I listened to it not long ago and thought "no way this is June of '68." It sounded real close in time to the Live Dead stuff, and you can hear TC poking out of the murk from time to time. Plus, it includes both Not Fade Away and The Main Ten, which started appearing on a more/less regular basis in April of '69.What clinched the date was reading the Rolling Stone review of the Celestial Synapse in the booklet that came with the Fillmore box set. It describes everybody in the Fillmore getting naked and crazy at about two in the morning, among them Don McCoy from Olompali, who took the stage and started rapping. Bill Graham had to keep the security people from pulling him off. Anyway, on this tape, after Lovelight, you hear a bunch of whooping and hollering, after which someone gets on stage and announces "Hi, my name's Don McCoy." Apparently the date that's written on the vault copy is hard to read; Dick originally thought it said 8/29/68. Another mystery solved. Tell your friends! "
05/21/2006 Charlie Miller More from TC about this being 2/16/69:

Sounds right to me. June of '68 was before my time.
Celestial Synapse should be easily enough confirmed.
Cheers and everything,

02/08/2008 charlie miller If you listen to The Other One, you can tell that it is early 69. The song did not sound like that in June 68. It is much more developed on this recording...thus making 2/19/69 more likely the correct date.
04/17/2011 mvernon on 4/17/2011, the show for this shnid was changed from 6/19/68 to 2/19/69.