Grateful Dead - June 13, 1969
Convention Center - Fresno, California
Hard To Handle, Me & My Uncle, Sitting On Top Of The World,
Beat It On Down The Line, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,
China Cat Sunflower-> Morning Dew, St. Stephen->
The Eleven-> Turn On Your Lovelight
The best part of this show, without a doubt, has got to be Bob's wonderful telling of his beloved "Yellow Dog Story." HAAA!!! (What a dork!) "Enunciate, Robert."
the Schoolgirl here is an interesting one because there's someone else on yells and vocals -- Ronnie Hawkins. Steam really picks up and when Pig starts playin' that harp of his, the version is complete!
There aren't many times in the history of the good ol' Grateful Dead when a China Cat Sunflower goes into -> something else. Through '68 and the first half of '69, there was no such thing yet as China->Rider; the first time played (that we know about, I believe) for that legendary combo was 9/30/69 in New York City. Technically, a China->Rider could have occurred prior to 9/30/69 but because of unknown/incomplete setlists from the era, we shall never really know. After that there are only two known occurrences of China Cat-> something else: 3/9/85 and 7/29/88. I love to hear that ride into Rider, but instead we get here a left turn and a slide into Dew... so nicely done! (At the time it wasn't really an unexpected left turn at all as, like I just said, unless someone from The Future was in attendance, no one knew what a China->Rider was!)
Dew is gorgeous and the band here is completely hitting every note and then some, working together as one more than they have up to this point in the show. The momentum just doesn't stop. Phil powers through The Eleven while Jerry adds garnish after garnish after garnish, resting a bit here, wailing again there, bring it down, fire it back up again. Mmm, this just doesn't get old, does it?!
The end is just... wild. Ronnie Hawkins comes back out a little more than halfway through Lovelight and... man, oh my. It's just gotta be heard!
Sound quality ain't the best, it's acceptable. Definitely another classic slice of 1969 and with guest Ronnie Hawkins, it's something a little bit different as well.
The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume 1:
An In-Depth Guide to the Music of the Grateful Dead
on Tape, 1959-1974 by Michael Getz and John Dwork
[out of print]
This set gets better with each and every song, steadily rising in intensity until the vibe on stage explodes with unbounded energy. "Li'l Schoolgirl" features Ronnie Hawkins on guest vocals. The segue between "China Cat" and "Morning Dew" is as smooth as could be. "Turn On Your Lovelight" features some very tasteful flute playing (but by whom? We don't know--perhaps Charles Lloyd?), and again Hawkins appears at the end to scream his lungs out with Pigpen.
by JOHN W. DWORK
6-13-69 a.k.a. 06-13-69 a.k.a. 6/13/69 a.k.a. 06/13/69 a.k.a. 69-06-13
Cassette Master> Cassette> DAT> CD
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