Sunday, November 2, 2008

"This evening has been fraught with difficulties..."

11-2-69 Family Dog setlist & soundboard mp3 download a.k.a. 11/2/69 aka 11/02/69 aka 69-11-02

39 Years Ago Tonight...

Grateful Dead ~ November 2, 1969
Family Dog at the Great Highway ~ San Francisco

Cold Rain & Snow, In The Midnight Hour, Seasons Of My Heart,
Mama Tried, Next Time You See Me, Good Lovin',
Big Boss Man, Casey Jones, Dancing In The Street,
Dark Star-» St. Stephen-» The Eleven-» Death Don't Have No Mercy

Wow. 'Nuff said.

Well, maybe I can add a couple things... Dark Star isn't all that and a bag of chips, you know. It's really not. It's just one great song amongst so many in the Grateful Dead catalog. Why's it so special?

11/2/69 helps show why! Wow.

I think this song came to represent what the Dead is/was all about. Well, maybe not what they were all about but why did so many people want a return to exactly this type of playing? They didn't want Day Job or Don't Ease or... or... or Seasons? No! 30-minute long Dark Stars!!!!!

Speaking of Seasons, this was quite possibly the very first time (out of only about 6 performances) that this 1955 George Jones B-side was played by the Grateful Dead. Cowboy tunes by Bobby are one thing but this ballad seems so out of place. It's almost like looking into the crystal ball and seeing Bob sing Misty in the future. Just... weird. And in this setlist it's kinda weird, too. In fact, lots of this show seemingly contradicts the rest, in a way, sort of. I mean -- Seasons, Mama Tried and the wild-for-dancing Good Lovin' and then the last hour or so of Dark Star-> St. Stephen-> The Eleven-> Death Don't ... what a serious contrast! Just amazing. And speaking again of Dark Star -- this is one of the best ever. Hands down. 30 minutes of that most psychedelicious Deadness oozing with tie dye and remnants of veggie burritos washed down with a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Dammmmmmmmmmn. Once again, and this happened a few weeks ago, this is a moment that I wouldn't mind dropping acid for the first time in a decade.

About all I've got to end my comments about this show on -- wow.

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11/2/69 Family Dog

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Grateful Dead -- Nov. 2, 1969 -- Part 1
Part 2 -- Family Dog -- 11/2/69


Sugarmag said...

Hiya Zoooma, I am listening to this show right now...I really dig Death Don't. I listened to Dark Star and St. Stephen while I was working in my yard, good stuff! I wouldn't mind eating some paper with ya'! Maybe later on in life when I don't have so many responsibilities.

Adam said...

Ahhh Zoooma, I see someone was reading my postings last week! Let me say that I 100% agree with you assessment of Dark Star. It is the reason I suggested folks check this one out. And now, I see that there was a reel (?) of this show that I didn't know about and have not heard before (the section from Seasons through Dancing). I'm now looking forward to hearing this contrast section for myself. Being a huge fan of '69 GD shows, I have always loved 11/8 for that same reason, the contrasts and ranges in the Dead's song selection. This is a fantastic choice for introducing the casual listener to one of the most musically complex times in GD history. Adam

TheNWRA said...


Thanks for this. Will listen later - seems like a late night type show.

Sam said...

Thanks so much for the posts! I need to go back and dig into the other Dead days....for now I'm psyched about "Dark Star." Thanks again.

Drabromeo said...

This is one of my favorite Dark Stars-- Jerry has a really beautiful, spacey tone and this features some cool chord jams I hadn't heard before. Really top notch! 1969 is my favorite year for Dark Stars-- actually, probably my favorite year for the Dead! I hope this isn't too hopelessly geek-ridden or bandwidth-wasting, but here's a list of my favorite Dark Stars from 1969:

1-24, 2-5, 02-22, 02-27, 03-15, 03-22, 04-20, 04-22, 04-27, 05-31 , 07-05, 07-07, 08-03, 08-30, 11-2, 11-07

Although I have this show, you seem to have a lot of songs that were missing from the tapes that circulated some years ago, so thanks not only for reminding me of a great Dark Star, but thanks for filling in whole show!


Anonymous said...

The works -Thanks from denmark.Rex

Anonymous said...

wow...indeedy!.....thanks loads!....this made my day..and then some!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Zooma,

another great trip on the GD time machine.


henryband said...

Thanks again for all of the Dead, especially from the Golden '66-'74 era!

Will said...

hi, thanks for posting the music. love the Dead from the late 60's. anyone have another link for part 2? i can't seem to access that site from here (I live in China). thanks. rgds, will

Zoooma!! said...

Will -- Greetings and Sorry about your little problem with communism there... I could be wrong but I'm guessing they have Angelfire blocked. What a bunch of commie bastards.

Here's the link. Please feel free to email me if/when you have another problem in the future. Sorry about the censorship problem but happy to help you get these great tunes in your ears!

Sugarmag, have you heard "Seasons" yet? Hel-looooooooo? It's right here in this show!!!!!

Adam, hey now, I read (and appreciate) all your comments and I remember you mentioning 11-2-69 ... but it just so happened that I had this one penciled in.

I'm kinda sorta tryin' to somewhat equally hit all years but this one I was really lookin' forward to. I've been mostly stickin' to the "This Day In History" thing but once Jan 1 rolls around, I'll try to get up a lot more older stuff and from any date o' the year 'cause this is just too good. I do dig it all but still I kick myself for not listening to '69 more often!

Requests and Recommendations will happily be filled as I can to them... so don't no one be afraid to email and ask :)

thenwra -- At least the last hour is totally perfect for late-night listenin', methinks. Perfect for bein' in the dark or maybe just having a candle lit. Thanks for the comment.

sam and drabromeo -- you're welcome! As far as bandwidth, you'd better be careful, it might be getting scarce. (just kidding!) Maybe some people will wanna check out your list so thanks! I'm not sure I've heard all of those but I'll get around to 'em eventually!

anonymous, anonymous, henryband, and Rex from Denmark -- you all are welcome and thanks for your comments!

It's great to hear from people... it makes me want to keep puttin' stuff up so others can dig it as well.

Will said...

thanks so much Zooma! it's weird what the block here...for a long time it was anything blogspot. now it's the huffington post fer cryin' out loud. must have been a richard gere guest column or something. LOL rgds, will

voodoo-chile said...

Hi, so many posts here, could leave again and find another...Magic Grateful Dead with a beautiful Dark Star, but the first set and Cold rain,seasons and so on is absolutely burning.The Dead are on fire! Download

Anonymous said...


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

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated