Monday, March 16, 2009

He's 69; Have Some 68

A belated
Happy Birthday
to bass man extraordinaire
Mr. Phillip Lesh!

69 years young

Thanks Phil!!!

Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead (unknown 1969)

Grateful Dead Dancing Bears Separator Bar

Wow, a show two days in a row. Hmmm... one tomorrow to make it 3 days in a row??? Place your bets, place your bets!

Grateful Dead Skull & RosesGrateful Dead -- March 16, 1968
Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco


1st Set: Dark Star China Cat Sunflower The Eleven Schoolgirl

Set 2: Morning Dew, It Hurts Me Too, Cryptical Other One Cryptical,
Alligator Caution, Feedback, And We Bid You Goodnight

Well, I haven't got a lot to say about this. Gotta love the Alligator here!!! What a great jam they get into! Feels like Phil and Jerry really start driving each other at the end. Who can play their guitar the hardest? Holy cow! All-around this is a fine Dead show, man. I loved loved listening to it about three times in a row now and a good handful over the past week or so. The recording sounds nice but there are some cuts and fades. It's not the best but hey, it's 1968! If you only want the greatest from this era, grab 2/14/68. If you've got no problem with listening to every show ever played, then here you go!

transcribed from:

The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume 1 [for Grateful Dead music!]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]

The ten-minute "Dark Star" opener is soft, callow, and barely arousing. It's fun listening, though, knowing that in a few months it will begin to develop calluses from repeated usage and will gradually become the band's most beloved transportational tune, peaking timewise with a forty-eight minute performance on May 11, 1972. "China Cat" is up next. The band regains its swing as all the players vigorously pounce on it. "The Eleven" is fully explored before yielding to a jazzy jam at the end that contains a strong "Caution" feel. "Schoolgirl" follows this and showcases the Dead's superb blues improvisations.

The second set opens with stage banter, a silly ditty, and then another blues number; "It Hurts Me Too" is efficient but not much else. A rowdy, resolute "The Other One" follows that, bordering on belligerence. The "Cryptical" reprise is quickly cut. "Alligator" is missing the first verse but contains a keenly focused jam that rises ever so carefully before exploding into "Caution"--another must-hear. Pigpen delivers a nice harmonica solo while the band backs him, oh-so raucously, before the tape cuts. A dark, dreadful "Feedback" cuts in for a few minutes before melting into a somber "Bid You Goodnight" show closer.

Despite the cuts this is a wonderful-sounding soundboard from an important era in the Dead's history. Get it.


the soundboard for listening only.
Download The Show Here

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GD: 3/16/68 - Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco

Caution-triangle1-small Morning Dew is the 2nd Set opener. Caution-triangle1-small
Sorry, in the .rar file it wasn't fixed and it's positioned at the end.
Hopefully you, the downloader, can fiddle with the file data to arrange it properly.
3-16-68 aka 03-16-68 aka 3/16/68 aka 03/16/68 aka 03-16-68 Carousel Ballroom


Adam said...

Another excellent post Zoooma. There's a reason most of set one was/is on the "So Many Roads" box set. I really appreciate all the free music you share here. Best wishes as always,

keith h said...

Hay Zoooma,
This looks like another great dead show, unfortunately I click on the link and it says it's broken. Any chance on getting it fixed? Thanks!

Sugarmag said...

Hey guys, I fixed the link. Enjoy and take care.

Jug Man said...

Thank You your website is fantastic it is the first thing I open every morning.

henryband said...

Happy Birthday Phil, Many thanks Zoooma!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Zooma!
I already have this one, so I'm just sending you positive reinforcement for a '68 - '74 post. As always, thanks for sharing.

keith h said...

Yay! Link fixed!
Thanks Sugarmag!!!!

Zoooma!! said...

Sugarmag!! Thanks, Babe, for coming to the rescue to fix that link last night. Whoops, I usually double check the html but I musta missed that one.

Jugman, first time we've heard from you, I believe. Glad you like the site, hope you dig lots of the tunes here.

You other guys -- heya! As usual, Thanks for your comments! It's always good to hear from ya's and I hope you're all well!!

Have a Grateful Week!

TheNWRA said...

Nice one - thanks very much

Anonymous said...

a very nice sounding show,what a treat with DARK STAR opening.
hey SUGARMAG,realy loved the 89 show posted on 3/16/09.
more people need to leave a simple comment if they down load a show from this site.
the dude from INDY,IN.

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

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated