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Grateful Dead Conspiracy » Live Grateful Dead Songs » Alligator » Grateful Dead - Alligator/Jam (Part Two) (February 14, 1968) Video

Grateful Dead - Alligator/Jam (Part Two) (February 14, 1968) Video

Ron Pigpen McKernan

 

Previous: www.youtube.com Next: www.youtube.com Recorded on February 14, 1968 at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco, CA. This recording was used in making Anthem of the Sun. Part of an incredible second set that Jerry dedicated to Neal Cassady, who died suddenly 10 days prior. Lead Guitar: Jerry Garcia Rhythm Guitar: Bob Weir Bass: Phil Lesh Keyboards: Ron "Pigpen" McKernan Drums: Bill Kreutzmann Drums: Mickey Hart

 

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The Grateful Dead's fourth title was likewise their first extended concert recording. Spread over two LPs, Live/Dead (1969) finally was able to relay the intrinsic sonic magnificence of a Dead show in real time. Additionally, it unleashed several key entries into their repertoire, including the side-long epic and Deadhead anthem "Dark Star" as well as wailing and otherwise electrified acidic covers of the Rev. Gary Davis blues standard "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and the R&B rave-up "Turn On Your Lovelight." Finally, the conundrum of how to bring a lengthy performance experience to the listener has been solved. The album's four sides provided the palette from which to replicate the natural ebb and flow of a typical Dead set circa early 1969. Tomes have been written about the profound impact of "Dark Star" on the Dead and their audience. It also became a cultural touchstone signifying that rock music was becoming increasingly experimental by casting aside the once-accepted demands of the short, self-contained pop song. This version was recorded on February 27, 1969, at the Fillmore West and is presented pretty much the way it went down at the show. The same is true of the seven remaining titles on Live/Dead. The rousing rendition of "St. Stephen" reinvents the Aoxomoxoa (1968) prototype with rip-roaring thunder and an extended ending that slams into an instrumental rhythmic excursion titled "The Eleven" after the jam's tricky time signature. The second LP began with a marathon cover of "Turn On Your Lovelight," which had significant success for both Bobby "Blue" Bland and Gene Chandler earlier in the decade. With Ron "Pigpen" McKernan at the throttle, the Dead barrel their way through the work, appointing it with fiery solos from Jerry Garcia and lead vocal raps courtesy of McKernan. "Death Don't Have No Mercy" is a languid noir interpretation of Rev. Gary Davis' distinct Piedmont blues. Garcia's fretwork smolders as his solos sear through the melody. Likewise notable is the criminally underrated keyboard work of Tom Constanten, whose airy counterpoint rises like a departing spirit from within the soul of the song. The final pairing of "Feedback" -- which is what it sounds like it might be -- with the "lowering down" funeral dirge "And We Bid You Goodnight" is true to the way that the band concluded a majority of its performances circa 1968-1969. They all join in on an a cappella derivative of Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family's traditional Bahamian distillation. Few recordings have ever represented the essence of an artist in performance as faithfully as Live/Dead. It has become an aural snapshot of this zenith in the Grateful Dead's 30-year evolution and as such is highly recommended for all manner of enthusiasts. [The 2001 remastered edition that was included in the Golden Road (1965-1973) box set -- and is also available separately from the Rhino label -- tacks on the 45-rpm studio version of "Dark Star" as well as a vintage radio advert for

 



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