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Artist: Grateful Dead
Title: Fillmore West-1969
Format: 3 CD/Book Set
Genre: Rock-Blues-Jam-Psychedelic
Label: Rhino Records

No sooner did I state in a recent review of the Jerry Garcia Plays Dylan CD-"I expect the
flow of live material to keep coming from the vaults of the Grateful Dead," then do I find
myself holding this gem. Fillmore West-1969 is a moment frozen in time, and a
spectacular one at that. To think that the Dead had only a few studio albums behind them
at the time, and they would only get better simply amazes me. What I heard on these three
CDs was an incredible live band totally in command of their presentation. Their ability to
improvise would make every live show they ever performed an entirely different experience.
For this very reason, the resulting floodgates have opened to countless live recordings.
And there is certainly enough fans of the Dead worldwide more than willing to gobble them
up as soon as they hit the streets, legitimate or bootlegged, it does not seem to matter.

Rhino makes every effort to impress by offering Dead Heads a beautifully put together
package. The three CDs come housed in a heavy duty cardboard mini book style case, which
includes several pictures in both black and white and color from the era, an excellent
write up, a picture of the original hand written set list, and each CD comes in a quality
sleeve with nice b/w shots of each band member. Those are the bonuses. The music is

As my education continues regarding the Grateful Dead and their amazing guitarist Jerry
Garcia, my fascination and hunger for their music increases. Now I finally understand how
this band created an entire culture by themselves with their legendary live shows. Monster
jams like "That's It for the Other One" run for nearly 24 minutes, almost equal to an
album's worth of music (based on LP day standards). Normally if hear a song that goes on
for that long there is some flash, pompousness and boredom, never have I experienced this
listening to the Dead. Every song is a journey within itself and it was because they had
this guy named Garcia that could take them down any road he chose. I know I place a lot of
the focus on Garcia and that is probably not fair, the rest of people in the band were
equally talented, they had to be, otherwise jams would never develop as they did.

The Grateful Dead invented the term jam band, and they clearly defined it every time they
took the stage. Just one listen to a magnificent set like this on their home turf in San
Francisco tells the story.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

November 2, 2005


Grateful Dead 1969:

Jerry Garcia-lead guitar, vocals
Tom Constanten-organ
Mickey Hart-drums
Bill Kreutzmann-drums
Phil Lesh-bass, vocals
Rob "Pigpen" McKernan-vocals, harmonica, organ, percussion
Bob Weir-rhythm guitar, vocals

CD 1

1. Morning Dew (11:05)
2. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (11:00)
3. Doin' That Rag (6:56)
4. I'm a King Bee Moore (7:31)
5. Cosmic Charlie (6:02)
6. Turn on Your Lovelight (19:09)


1. Dupree's Diamond Blues (4:4icon_cool.gif
2. Mountains of the Moon (4:52)
3. Dark Star (19:43)
4. St. Stephen (7:51)
5. The Eleven (15:13)
6. Death Don't Have No Mercy (9:5icon_cool.gif


1. That's It for the Other One (23:30)
2. Alligator (4:00)
3. Drums (6:52)
4. Jam (25:31)
5. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (9:13)
6. Feedback Grateful Dead (7:54)
7. We Bid You Goodnight (2:01)

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