Friday, May 16, 2008

Have some ice cream with your LSD?

Friday. I believe it says that in the date there, huh? Yeah, even though that's true, typing it mentally helps reinforce that it truly is Friday. Right?

I'm caught up on sleep and now it's the
last day of the work week! Wait, not for me. I don't really have a work week. It's just continuous. Work Friday, work Sunday. Sometimes I have off Friday -- work Thursday, work Saturday. See how that... works?

Anyway -- I was gonna plant some posies today... but then I remembered I don't plant flowers.

Google's telling me today is the anniversary of the invention of the first laser. July 4, 1776 ... May 16, 1960 ... September 11, 2001 ... yeah, uh, I'm pretty sure that middle one doesn't quite rank up there with Pearl Harbor day or the day the rescue from Gilligan's Island took place. Now those were important events. I guess the laser is important, too, I mean would Han Solo be the bad ass he is without a laser blaster? Hmmm... maybe if he carried a whip. Hmmmm.....

Music time...
Chronological Adventures
through the
History of the Grateful Dead
Volume 4

Presented by Pizza Hut
(everything's corporate nowadays.)

PICO ACID TEST ORIGINAL NEWSPAPER AD showing UCLA Student Union Grand Ballroom... look, Hugh Romney was listed... a.k.a. Wavy Gravy.  Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters were there also, of course.

Grateful Dead -- March 19, 1966
Pico Acid Test - Carthay Studios
Los Angeles, California

Viola Lee Blues, One Kind Favor, I Know You Rider,
You See A Broken Heart, It's A Sin, Beat It On Down The Line,
Heads Up, Next Time You See Me, slow R and B instrumental,
Death Don't Have No Mercy, In The Midnight Hour

This acid by Ken Kesey & His Merry Pranksters was originally scheduled for the Student Union Grand Ballroom at UCLA (original newspaper ad above.) If I've got my facts correct, it had to be moved at the last minute due to decisions coming down the pipe from school administration... mixing students and LSD would probably be bad.

The quality here isn't the greatest, at least to start -- a little muddy but it improves. Even if it was less-than-stellar all the way through, would it matter? Hey, not to me. This is historical stuff! We get to hear a lot of things for the first time here including the first Viola Lee Blues in a show setting (there is a recording of Viola Lee rehearsals which you can check out, which I'll post up before the Adventures in '66 Dead are through.)

We also get to hear a new Grateful Dead original song -- You See A Broken Heart, written by Pigpen. Unfortunately, this is the one and only known time played. Considering the immense lack of recordings for 1966, we're pretty lucky to hear this. Pretty lucky? Jackpot, baby!

Heads Up (Freddie King) and the unknown instrumental are also one-time-only songs that we only hear here.

Covers of One Kind Favor (Blind Lemon Jefferson) and It's A Sin (Jimmy Reed) also have their debut (recording) here, as well
two covers that the Dead played all the way through (or close) to the end -- BIODTL (Jesse Fuller) and Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett/Steve Cropper.)

Finally we get to hear significant Bob Weir participation in this band, including some great stage banter from him and Phil, as well. Love hearing Jerry's blueseyness but lacking is Pigpen on harmonica as he had been in previous '66 shows. He's all over that Hammond organ of his but I don't think he picks up the harmonica once. Definitely a change.

It's great hearing this old stuff!

A sidenote... or footnote... or other comment here not related to the tunes...
what the hell are the odds that I would play two Grateful Dead shows in a row with mentions of ice cream?!?!?!
(This and 12/6/80 which I posted a few days ago.)

for listening only
TINY STEAL YOUR FACE - Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Vince Welnick, Bruce Hornsby Download It Right Here TINY STEAL YOUR FACE - no Brent Mydland.  No Donna or Keith Godchaux or Tom Constanten or Ron Pigpen McKernan.  Songs by Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow and Bob Dylan.

3-19-66 aka 03-19-66 aka 3/19/66 aka 03/19/66 aka 66-03-19 setlist 320 kbps mp3 SBD download

3/19/66 Pico Acid Test - Grateful Dead last minute poster after location change to Carthay Studios


Grateful Dead 3/25/66 Trouper's Hall or Trooper's Hall or Trouper's Club or Trouper's Club... one of those is correct.

Grateful Dead -- March 25, 1966
Trouper's Hall
Los Angeles, California

Stealin', Jam, Hey Little One,
I'm A Hog For You Baby, You Don't Have To Ask,
Cold Rain & Snow, Next Time You See Me

No Acid Test this time... but hmmm, I wonder if maybe some of the people at this show were indeed dosing at the time. Hmmmmm...

Some better sound quality here. Unfortunately, Stealin gets cut into... but the Jam right after, wow. I've gotta wonder if that's an actual song like Heads Up and the unknown instrumental in the 3/19 show. It definitely sounds like something they've practiced. Of all the music in this show and the last, that Viola Lee Blues and this Jam, I think, really hint at where this band is heading. Still they maintain a whole lot of the old such as with I'm A Hog For You Baby but as '66 moves on, they get a lot more away from what they layed down on their Autumn Records demo a few months before. Here in this 8½-minute Jam, we get to hear Jerry all over the place, completely leaving the boundaries of a normal 3 minute song. Similarly, Midnight Hour in the previous show has the Dead exploring way beyond the confines of short, compact songs... plus that's the first real time we get to hear Pigpen really let loose similar to those wildman rants in the 60's and early 70's.

I really dig the Hey Little One from 3/12 Danish Center. This version from Trouper's Hall is definitely louder with a lot more guitar from Jerry that wasn't there before... but less of the passion in his voice. 3/12 Jerry lets out the emotion vocally whereas here, not so much.

A quick, fun Hog For You Baby is followed up by another brand new Grateful Dead original gets it's recording debut here -- You Don't Have To Ask. Two brand new tunes in a week. Unlike the other from 3/19, this one lasted awhile... but not too long, getting a handful (that we know of) performances throughout '66.

After another early Cold Rain & Snow, Pigpen finally busts out the harmonica for, I think, the first time in these two nights of music. Next Time You See Me is such a great tune for Pig, glad it had an appearance here... but noooo, the reels get garbled and the music goes bye just like that. Too bad but that's the way it is.

We're lucky to even have this stuff. All together these two shows, and everything from '66, makes for some good listenin'... and interesting, too.

TINY STEAL YOUR FACE - Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Vince Welnick, Bruce Hornsby Download It Right Here TINY STEAL YOUR FACE - no Brent Mydland.  No Donna or Keith Godchaux or Tom Constanten or Ron Pigpen McKernan.  Songs by Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow and Bob Dylan.

for listening only
3-25-66 aka 03-25-66 aka 3/25/66 aka 03/25/66 aka 66-03-25 setlist 320 kbps mp3 SBD download
poster for Grateful Dead 3/25/66 Trouper's Hall or Trouper's Club or Trooper's Hall or Trooper's Club


Nazz Nomad said...

people high on acid at a Grateful Dead show???????

Sugarmag said...

Hey Zoooma, how come it says presented by Pizza Hut? Is that a joke? I think Han Solo would have been a bad ass so matter what, he was that cool.

You are inspiring me to upload and catalog all of my bootlegs, I am making it my next project. Oh and yes, this early stuff is really fun to listen to.

Zooomabooma said...

Yeah, you're right about Han! And the pizza hut comment was just a joke. One of the (many) things that saddens me about this wonderful nation is the OVER-commercialization of just about everything. I love this country but that's something that's become just so lame about it. Not just the corporate naming of things... but renaming... and re-renaming, and even re-re-naming and I'm sure there's even a case or two of re-re-re-renaming. I mean come on!

Anyway, right before I started the post, I was lookin at Ratdog's tour dates and I noticed a venue called the Susquehanna Music Center in Camden, NJ. The whaaaa???????

Built in 1995 and called the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre or E-Centre... then renamed the Tweeter Center by the Waterfront. I've always known very well of it's existence. I even have a show (on discs) from there.

Now it's been re-renamed after a local Pennsylvania bank? Swell.

Remember the day when stadiums and music venues had ONE NAME and one name only?! Some still do, thank God.

Sorry, that's a serious never-ending rant of mine.

Seeing the new name for that venue just minutes before inspired me to make the Presented by Pizza Hut crack. Amazing, Bobby will have played at the very same amphitheatre a whole bunch of times since 1996... but under 3 different names. Ay caramba.

(Don'tchya just hate how I can't answer quickly in only a sentence or two?!?!?!)

Sugarmag said...

I totally agree about the renaming of things and I hate it, too. Deer Creek has been named after a cell phone company or something like that. I like your responses, they are much more interesting that a sentence or two.

Nazz Nomad said...

The Camden amphitheater is the same one I saw The "Dead" at 3 years ago and some other shows. It's the same kinda shed as PNC (aka- Graden State Arts Center) or Deer Creek or Alpine, etc. The positive is that there's a decent lawn behind the seats and there's a great view of the Ben Franklin bridge. The bad is that's it is right by Camden and even thought he Flyers and the sixers play in the same area, it's still Camden and Camden is REALLY not a good place to be lost in.
And after a Dead-type show there has always been a great threat in getting lost. in fact, before a Dead show too!

Zooomabooma said...

The Dead from June 03 I have on disc... haven't even listened to it yet. Unfortunately not a SBD.

I've read about and I think seen some pics of the killer view from inside the [corporately named] Music Center in Camden. Seems like ordinarily it would be a great destination...

I grew up in northern New Jersey, my neighbor's backyard had a view of the top of the World Trade Center... lonnng way from South Jersey which is almost like... Delaware to me (a foreign land!)

But I'm aware of the hell that Camden is. I'm sure some parts of town are just lovely for a tea party... but there's a dark side because the crime level there ranks amongst the highest for U.S. cities. I wonder if the GD would have eventually played there. Wouldn't have been a pleasant place to travel to see a show and I've never said that about anywhere!

Anonymous said...

Love hearin' the '66 stuff! It's like an entirely different band. I was read a description of the Dead in '66 as being "hyper blues fun." I'd have to agree. Thank you!!! ~Dave~

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated