May 26, 2017
Wow, Memorial Day weekend already! Hope you have some fun plans to welcome in summer! Hopefully you'll find this wild show from 1969 to be the perfect complement to some your times this weekend..
This comes to us from May 31st, 1969 at McArthur Court at the University of Oregon. Always a crazy show as you know the Pranksters will be out in force - and are they ever - especially on the first few songs as you will hear. (if you don't care to listen to Ken Babbs insane rap, just fast forward about 10 minutes after the Cold Rain and Snow :) The band settles down afterwards and puts on a typically manic 1969 performance - Garcia is if anything, overly excited at times - but this is quintessential early Dead and I hope you enjoy it! Pigpen is excellent on an alltime 'Lovelight' , Garcia gives a very extended version of 'He Was A Friend of Mine' and the 'Dark Star' that follows is to me, the highlight of the set, played in the familiar 'Live Dead' style. Sadly 'Cosmic Charlie' is cut on the tape, but there is plenty here for any fan of early dead - over two and a half hours of Live Dead for your Memorial Day Weekend .. ;)
McArthur Court - University of Oregon Eugene, OR
5/31/69 - Saturday
One - 1:35:43
Hard To Handle [3:57];[0:55] ;
Cold Rain And Snow [4:13];[6:15] ;
Yellow Dog Story [1:40];[2:45] ;
Green Green Grass Of Home [4:05];[1:04] ;
Me And My Uncle [3:02];[0:46] ;
Cryptical Envelopment [1:56] >
Drums [0:54] >
The Other One [10:46] >
Cryptical Envelopment [3:#11] >
Sittin On Top Of The World [3:28];[0:58] ;
It Hurts Me Too [5:34];[0:59] ;
Turn On Your Love Light [29:04]
Two - 43:56
He Was A Friend Of Mine [14:27];[0:16] %
Dark Star [23:58] >
Doin' That Rag [4:37#] >
Cosmic Charlie [#0:30]
Encore - 12:42 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [8:51];[0:10] ;
And We Bid You Good Night [3:11]
Comments Total time [2:32:21].
Ken Babbs & sundry other pranksters marshall the chaos between the first few songs.
Jerry plays pedal steel guitar on Green Grass. At 1:52 into the Cryptical reprise there is a cut ; probably several minutes are missing here.
It's anybody's guess how much of the second set may be missing.
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