Grateful Dead – Collection of Unlabeled Reels, 1968

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Grateful Dead
Collection of excerpts found on 5 unlabeled 7″ reels in the vault dated circa 1968

Download: FLAC/MP3

Thanks to Raoul Duke for disks 1 and 2, Jeff Cook for disks 3 and 4

Part of “The Music Never Stopped” 2002 shn em up project 5/9/2002

Disk 1 [47:18]

Excerpt # 1 per The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium
Source: SBD>MR>DAT(s)>CDR
Conversion: CDR > EAC(secure) > mkwact(seekable)

01. [00:17] (fades in)//St. Stephen >
02. [02:20] Jam (St. Stephen ish)
03. [01:46] Cryptical Envelopment Reprise >
04. [04:41] The Other One >
05. [06:05] Cryptical Envelopment >
06. [04:25] New Potato Caboose >
07. [06:21] Thirteens Jam >
08. [03:21] Alligator >
09. [04:25] Drumz >
10. [09:04] Jam (Cautionish) >
11. [04:27] Caution(Do Not Step on Tracks)//

This partial set is a differently tracked version of this corresponding entry in Deadlists

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE unknown
CITY unknown
STATE unknown
DATE ??/??/68
SET1 St Stephen [#2:40] > Cryptical Envelopment [1:42] > Drums [0:14] > The
Other One [4:28] > Cryptical Envelopment [6:03] > New Potato Caboose [10:46] >
Alligator [3:20] > Drums [6:19] > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) {11:29#]
SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS At 3:56 into the Drums after Alligator, they start singing Alligator vocals and at 4:35 in to it, Jerry joins in with a Caution type solo. Although this fragment circulates as “Fall 1968”, “3/22/68 Detroit”, and “May 1968”, it is from an unlabeled reel. There is an entry for this set list on p. 164 of Volume 1 of The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium. According to Rob Eaton: “There were 5 unlabeled 7 inch reels found in the Vault many years ago. Several contained very early versions of Stephen. The tape you describe is one of these unknown reels. The best estimate for a date would be April/May 1968 or spring ’68.”
RECORDING 45 SBD

Disk 2 [43:10]

Excerpt # 2 per The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium

Source: SBD>MR>DAT>CDR
Conversion: CDR > EAC(secure) > Cool Edit (fix drop outs) > shntool (retrack on sectors) > mkwact(seekable)

01. [01:31] Drumz >
02. [13:59] (post-Alligator) Jam

This partial set corresponds to this entry in Deadlists

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE unknown
CITY unknown
STATE unknown
DATE ??/??/68
SET1 Drums [#1:30]> Jam [13:59] > Caution [1:07#]
SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS The date and location of this recording are unknown. Its hard to say for sure, but it sounds like late 1968 – maybe September or October or thereabouts. The Drums has that Bol scat “Ya, Ya, Yakita, Yakita” in it.
RECORDING 17 SBD

Excerpt # 3 per The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium

Source: SBD>MR>DAT>CDR
Conversion: CDR > EAC(secure) > mkwact(seekable)

03. [01:06] (fades in)//Cryptical Envelopment >
04. [02:31] The Other One >
05. [03:30] Cryptical Envelopment >
06. [08:41] New Potato Caboose //
07. [04:05] It Hurts Me Too
08. [03:17] Born Cross Eyed //

This partial set corresponds to this entry in Deadlists

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE unknown
CITY unknown
STATE unknown
DATE ??/??/68
SET1 Cryptical Envelopment [#1:06] > The Other One [2:31] > Cryptical Envelopment [3:30] > New Potato Caboose [8:41] ; It Hurts Me Too [#4:05] ; Born Cross-Eyed [3:08#]
SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS The date and location of this recording are unknown. There is no Drums after the first Cryptical, The Other One has the standard lyrics, but Bobby stumbles with them as on 2-3-68. This recording is probably very close to that date.
RECORDING 25 SBD

Excerpt # 4 per The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium

Source: SBD>MR>C>DAT>CDR
Conversion: CDR > EAC(secure) > mkwact(seekable)

09. [04:04] //Dark Star >
10. [00:21] St. Stephen //

This partial set corresponds to this entry in Deadlists

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE unknown
CITY unknown
STATE unknown
DATE ??/??/68
SET1 Dark Star [#4:05] > St. Stephen [0:06#]
SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS The date and location of this recording are unknown. Its sounds like it’s from 1968, but maybe it’s early 1969?
RECORDING 5 SBD

Disk 3 [78:21]

Excerpt # 5 per The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium

Source: SBD>MR>C>DAT>CDR

Conversion: CDR > EAC(secure) > mkwact(seekable)

SET list
01. [00:39] //Cryptical Envelopment >
02. [05:24] The Other One >
03. [09:37] Cryptical Envelopment >
04. [15:18] Good Morning Little Schoolgirl;
05. [13:36] //Dark Star >
06. [03:34] St. Stephen >
07. [12:09] The Eleven >
08. [08:06] Death Don’t Have No Mercy//;
09. [09:55] Turn On Your Lovelight//

hiss level significantly higher than the other disks in this set and some distortion on bass – looks to have more than 1 cassette generation. fairly frequent partial channel drop outs from what might be tape decay on some songs

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE unknown
CITY unknown
STATE unknown
DATE ??/??/68
SET1 Cryptical Envelopment [#0:39] > The Other One [5:24] > Cryptical
Envelopment [9:37] > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [14:49] ; Dark Star
[#13:33] > St. Stephen [3:34] > The Eleven [12:09] > Death Don’t Have No Mercy
[8:%07] ; Turn On Your Lovelight [9:48#]
SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS The date and location of this recording are unknown. It begins with a cut right into the “doesn’t seem to matter” line in Cryptical Envelopment. There is a six second or so drum solo intro to The Other One. At the “one man gathers what another man spills” break in St. Stephen, Jerry and maybe two others laugh, but there are not really any words.
RECORDING 78 SBD

Disk 4 [75:43]

Excerpt # 6 per The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium

Source: MR > C > DAT > CD
Conversion: CDR > EAC(secure) > Cool Edit(minor cleanup) > mkwact(seekable)

01. [07:36] //St. Stephen >
02. [01:46] Cryptical Envelopment >
03. [04:42] The Other One >
04. [04:23] Cryptical Envelopment >
05. [10:18] Turn On You Lovelight//

d1t1 – tape speed variable at the start
d1t2 – volume change ~1:30
d1t5 ~7:40 volume lowered

This partial set corresponds to this entry in Deadlists

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE unknown
CITY unknown
STATE unknown
DATE ??/??/68
SET1 St. Stephen [#7:33] > Cryptical Envelopment [1:46] > The Other One [4:43]
> Cryptical Envelopment [4:28] > Turn On You Lovelight [10:10#]
SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS The date and location of this recording are unknown. There is a 13 second drum solo intro to The Other One. At the “one man gathers what another man spills” break in St. Stephen, there are no words, just further jamming immediately.
RECORDING 28 SBD

Excerpt # 7 per The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium
Source: SBD > MR> C > DAT > CDR

06. [06:23] //Morning Dew;
07. [03:40] //Hurts Me Too;
08. [01:19] “Return the scratcher”
09. [16:06] Dark // Star
10. [08:20] St. Stephen >
11. [11:04] Turn On Your Lovelight//

d1t6 ~ volume changes occur during first minute

This partial set corresponds to this entry in Deadlists

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE unknown
CITY unknown
STATE unknown
DATE ??/??/68
SET1 Morning Dew [#6:14] ; Hurts Me Too [#4:49] ; Dark Star [16%:03) St.
Stephen [8:21] > Turn On Your Lovelight [11:04#]
SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS The date and location of this recording are unknown. There is a tape flip in Dark Star. At the “one man gathers what another man spills” break in St. Stephen it goes right into a short jam and back into the next lyrics with no comments of any kind.
RECORDING 28 SBD

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3 thoughts on “Grateful Dead – Collection of Unlabeled Reels, 1968

  1. With the exception of some alternate sources (which I will eventually get to, someday, maybe) this is the last of my 1968 collection. I’ve previously posted everything I own from 1969 (many links are down but I will repost someday, maybe). So I’m moving on to 1970. You can look forward to that very soon.

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