Grateful Dead Download
Apr 11, 1970Fillmore West (San Francisco, CA)
Grateful Dead Download
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Total Length:
30:54
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Grateful Dead Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Not Fade Away (Incomplete)01:59
  2. 2Turn On Your Lovelight28:55
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Item Number:
  • 1122-7413-AD
Date:
  • Apr 11, 1970
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Not Fade Away (Incomplete)01:59
  2. 2Turn On Your Lovelight28:55
Total Length:
30:54
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Ron Pigpen McKernan - vocals, harmonica, organ, percussion; Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals; Bob Weir - guitar, vocals; Phil Lesh - bass; Bill Kruetzman - drums; Mickey Hart - percussion

This enticing clip was captured during a run of shows at Fillmore West, when the Grateful Dead had the daunting task of following Miles Davis (who had just recorded his Black Beauty album the previous night). The last half hour of the Dead's set, when the band was clearly a bit drained, this doesn't qualify as a landmark performance, but is still quite enjoyable. The recording begins at the tail end of the band tackling the classic "Live Dead" sequence, which by 1970, had them replacing the "Dark Star St. Stephen" follower of "The Eleven" with a raucous cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," before concluding with "Turn on Your Lovelight."

This recording begins at the tail end of "Not Fade Away" shortly before the band launches into a lengthy "Lovelight." Much of this performance features Pigpen trying his best to whip an uncooperative (or more likely also exhausted) audience into a final frenzy in his own inimitable way. Spontaneously rapping and cajoling specific audience members into pairing up, this remains a fine example of Pigpen's special brand of charisma, while the group casually jams on the main riff. The most interesting sequence, in terms of the musicians, occurs around the 17-minute mark, as Pigpen signals the band to take off. It begins humorously, as in response to the lack of direction; Garcia begins noodling on "The Merry Go Round Broke Down" better known as the closing theme to many a Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies cartoon! Bassist Lesh responds to this by pounding out a riff similar to Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." Bob Weir and the drummers pick up on it, and the band veers into a nice little jam. A few minutes later this culminates with Garcia letting out one of the lengthiest sustained howls of his entire career. If nothing else, this brief midway jam makes this recording worth a listen. After that, the band resumes another 10 minutes of "Lovelight" riffing before bringing the night to an exhausted, but spirited close.

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