Repost Bootleg Bonanza: Grateful Dead – Vallejo, Ca (02/22/69)


Grateful Dead
February 22, 1969
Dream Bowl
Vallejo, CA

Link removed, this has been officially released.

This is a tagged version of shnid: 112691
Recording Info:
SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat (44.1k)

Transfer Info:
Dat (Sony R500) -> Tascam SS-R05 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2 -> FLAC
(2 Discs Audio / 1 Disc FLAC)

All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
April 1, 2011

Patch Info:
SBD -> Bear’s Cassette -> PCM Supplies:
Dupree’s Diamond Blues (complete track)
That’s It For The Other One (16:09 – 19:23)
Turn On Your Lovelight (8:10 – 8:42)

— Thanks To David Gans and Dick Latvala for the Dat
— Thanks to Bob Menke for the patch source
— Tape flip in Death Don’t Have No Mercy cleaned up with crossfade
— Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help pitch correcting the patch source

–Set 1–
101-d1t01 – Dupree’s Diamond Blues ->
102-d1t02 – Mountains Of The Moon ->
103-d1t03 – Dark Star ->
104-d1t04 – That’s It For The Other One ->
105-d1t05 – Death Don’t Have No Mercy

-Set 2–
201-d2t01 – Doin’ That Rag ->
202-d2t02 – St. Stephen ->
203-d2t03 – The Eleven ->
204-d2t04 – Turn On Your Lovelight

6 thoughts on “Repost Bootleg Bonanza: Grateful Dead – Vallejo, Ca (02/22/69)

  1. Good ol grateful dead… I’ll have to grab this & give a listen. I don’t recognize the city or venue at all so I doubt I have, or have heard b4? So I was browsing the set list & notes & at the very bottom notice the Charlie Miller name. I was very familiar w/the name, from then I used to go thru looking at lots of boots on dime, etc, but I didn’t really know much about him so I decided to do a quick Google & chose an interesting looking page to read. It was an interview from “Darkstar Palace” (?) one of the 1st questions was to ask Miller when was his 1st live taping done. He answered it was Rochester NY, 4.15.83. That got my attention. For a long time I was confused about if my 1st shows were in the fall of 82 or spring of 83. At 1st I thought my 1st 2 shows were Binghamton & Rochester. I know I attended an extremely memorable show at Saratoga NY (spac) in spring or summer of 83 & that wasn’t my 1st shows as I knew at least Rochester was before that & was indoors (Rochester auditorium I think?) so I latched onto the idea that the Binghamton & Rochester shows must’ve been in the fall of 82. However, from reading the interview, I see that millers 1st show taping was Rochester spring 83. I haven’t seen the set list for what he was referring to, nor did he mention the venue, but this rang a bell, so I simply turned my head to a nearby small stack of tapes that I recently pulled out of boxes, as possible candidate for sharing & lo & behold, one of my 1st, if not the 1st show I attended, was Rochester NY & was marked only as April 83, no day. 1st time I’ve ever seen one of my tapes w/o a full date, but I was relatively new to it. So it looks like Miller & I both chose the exact same show as our 1st live dead taping (2 weeks later I recorded my great U2 show down the street from my house), unless there was indeed a Rochester & Binghamton show in the fall of 82 & if not, then whether Binghamton was before Rochester. (I might have the Binghamton tape as well).

    I have not listened to the tape in a very long time, possibly 30 yrs…I popped it in & heard nothing but a little noise for a long time & when I pulled out the tape, lol, it was broke.. Very unusual for me to ever put a tape away broken w/o repairing it 1st, so it must’ve been real bad or some major distraction.. I immediately knew I had to go into action to do something I don’t remember doing in around 20-25 yrs…tape repairing & splicing.

    It required opening the cassette up. Then I noticed it (the csse) had been pried & broken & glued together, a mess & I don’t know why? I did a rusty & hasty splice & loosely got case back 2gether & took it for a spin. I didn’t think it would play cause it felt too tight, but it started playing in the middle of “ship of fools” & within a couple seconds, someone sounding like me loudly yells out: “WTF WAS THAT?, lol. Then, as I was reading millers interview, I heard the music stop for a long time, but I didn’t think the tape broke cuz every so often, I could hear some very faint voices coming from the spkrs. Eventually, I removed the tape to find out it was not only broke again, but had “eaten” a couple feet of tape, which was all balled up & buried into the capstan/pinch roller area, lol. Deja’ vu all over again….haven’t experienced that in many years. But I learned how to hand splice tape back in the days of my 8mm rcvd from dad & from 8-tracks. Fixed many cassettes back when I had cheap decks & didn’t clean them enuff, or whatever was the reason.. The tape was super crunched & accordion style. I smoothed it out best I could & spliced again & tried to play. Oh man, it cut into possibly my 1st brent experience & he sounded soooo-ulfully great! I loved brents voice & keybrds. So glad I got to see & hear him for the rest of the 80’s, til he diedm

    Anyway, the tape had a few good moments but was a technical & mechanical mess major, with all sorts of noises, dropouts, previous recordings popping in a few times (I must’ve not had a blank tape that day… Its a real mess but there is some good music & sound on it, intermittently. Oh!! Almost 4got, heard 1 of my1st “throwing stones” there! (altho I would’ve heard it at bingo town if that was earlier…). I don’t think there was taper section per se, but there were lo key tapers scattered all over. I was real high & I remember seeing the taper or board feed snaking all over the place & trying to figure out what the hell that was all about? I remember a guy get wheeled onto the floor in a wheelchair & when he stopped, he gets up & takes the entire wheelchair apart, right before my tripping eyes & transformed the whole thing into mic stands & complete taping setup. I was blown away!!

    Well the tape is a disaster but man did I have a good time!
    A couple months later (I think) Saratoga was amazing & 1 of my most memorable shows. The 2 ppl bridges that went from the field to the amphitheater were overloaded w/people & Bob weir was singing his “take a step back – take a step back” song & they had to stop the show to clear the bridges. Then he asked a very strange question, which I had never before or since heard, anywhere…he asked: “the inimitable qurstion: Why does a duck?” He then gave the answer…so strange, that I used to use it as a password phrase.. Over the yrs, occasionally I have asked that same question but no one has ever been able to answer it or even understand the question. It was sooo classic weir! Can anyone answer it?

  2. Ah yes, you can never go wrong with a Charlie Miller tape. Such a legend.

    Weir used to make the lamest jokes and the weirdest comments.

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