+ Come to www.PeerDen.com for the best torrents + community around.
+ Fast speeds on torrents,all the latest releases.
+ Registering at www.PeerDen.com is quick,and FREE!
+ For access to dedicated servers and the fastest downloads your
+ connection will allow, join our Premium Zone!
+ Join Today! Torrents are and always should be FREE!
The Grateful Dead : Dick's Picks, Vol. 26 : Electric Theater Chicago, IL 4/26/69, Labor Temple Minneapolis, MN 4/27/69
01. Dupree's Diamond Blues (4:30)
02. Mountains of the Moon (6:45)
03. China Cat Sunflower (5:58)
04. Doin' That Rag (7:18)
05. Cryptical Envelopment (3:05)
06. Other One (7:20)
07. Eleven (7:59)
08. Other One (1:04)
09. I Know It's a Sin (4:28)
10. Turn on Your Love Light (20:37)
11. Me & My Uncle (4:12)
12. Sitting on Top of the World (3:37)
01. Dark Star (26:37)
02. St. Stephen (9:18)
03. Eleven (10:19)
04. Turn on Your Love Light (15:25)
05. Morning Dew (10:47)
1969 was a year of contrasts, including Woodstock and Altamont for example. We were still
pretty new at the R&R touring game and we played in all sorts of halls. On tour, we rarely
could afford separate hotel rooms for everyone, so we shared, something which seems very
odd, looking back, but I think it was one of the nicer things limited money did, because we
got to know each other pretty well that way.
The venue in Chicago called the Electric Theater was one of the odder ones we played in
those days. We had to park on the street and lift our gear into the second floor wall
(doors with no stairs) from the sidewalk below. The hall was a cavernous place, nearly square
inside and had a series of large speakers hung around the hall in a circle, which were used
to provide in-house sound, mostly for disco. The hall was run by Aaron Russo, an imposing,
bear-like guy who cut quite a figure around the place. Some years later he turned up, slightly
toned down, at one of our shows at Winterland in SF as Better Midler's manager, with her in
tow. We generally did psychedelics on a Saturday, but I do not remember for sure if that was
true this night, but chances are it was.
I must confess I don't remember details about the venue in Minneapolis which provides the
remainder of this release, but in this case the show will speak for itself. As was the familiar
mode for almost the whole career of the band, they start off a bit rough around the edges,
slowly warm up, and by the second set are flying. Vocals become quite good later in the show,
which was not always the case in '69. Technology for monitors had not yet gotten very
sophisticated; the great leap in floor monitors was not made until the late '70's, by John Meyer
for me when I was with the Starship. It was not until the late '80's that headphones
(ear monitors) assume a format acceptable for onstage work.
Dick's Picks Vol. 26 was mastered directly from the original stereo 7.5 ips analog tapes. It is a
snapshot of history, not a modern professional recording, and may therefore exhibit some
technical anomalies and the unavoidable effects of the ravages of time.
Electric Theater Chicago, IL 4/26/69
Labor Temple Minneapolis, MN 4/27/69
Tom Constanten: Keyboards
Jerry Garcia: Lead Acoustic Guitar, Lead Electric Guitar, Vocals
Mickey Hart: Drums
Bill Kreutzmann: Drums
Phil Lesh: Electric Bass, Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan: Percussion, Harmonica, Vocals
Bob Weir: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Recorded by: Owsley Stanley
CD Mastering: Jeffrey Norman
Tape Archivist: David Lemieux
Archival Research: Eileen Law/Grateful Dead Archives
Cover Art and Package Design: Robert Minkin/www.minkindesign.com
Special Thanks to: Becky and Gary Halonen
The segment of DP26 from the Electric Theater begins with a batch of tunes from the as-yet-unreleased Aoxomoxoa, including a tantalizing tease at the end of “Mountains Of The Moon,” which seems like it wants to be “Dark Star,” but makes an abrupt prankster’s detour into “China Cat Sunflower.” Other delightful surprises from this set are a version of “The Other One” with “The Eleven” stealthily tucked into the middle, and a major rarity — Jimmy Reed’s “I Know It’s A Sin,” which the Dead only played about a dozen times.
To listen to the next night’s festivities in Minneapolis is to understand why Dick Latvala worked himself into such a lovely frenzy over it. The band lets us know that they mean business early on, opening the set with a song that usually marked the climax of a Dead show in those days: Pigpen’s signature showstopper, “Turn On Your Lovelight,” which morphs into John Phillips’ classic cowboy-movie-in-miniature, “Me and My Uncle,” which in turn gives way to “Sitting On Top Of The World.” Having thrown down the gauntlet so decisively, the Dead then head straight for parts unknown, with one of the great versions of “Dark Star” of that era, continue headlong through “St. Stephen,” “The Eleven,” and then, right back where they started, to “Lovelight.” Pigpen, acting as though the astral travels of the previous hour had been a mere digression from the business at hand, picks up the narrative with a nonchalant “…like I was tellin’ ya, some ol’ time ago…” and proceeds, like Lord Buckley’s Nazz, to lay it down. So that it stays there. A cacophonous end to “Lovelight” and a lovely encore of “Morning Dew,” and then the Dead ride off into the Minnesota night, leaving the audience (including you, the home listener, decades later) to retrieve what’s left of its senses.