05-05-1967

Fillmore Auditorium

San Francisco, California

As the band is tuning up, someone – perhaps Phil – reports, “I just saw a narc down there in the audience…If you see one, step on him.” From there, a lovely He Was a Friend of Mine comes forth. The subdued organ and drums, combined with the beautiful vocals and sparse, rounded guitar create a perfect version of Dylan’s lamentation. But don’t be confused by the heartfelt rendition, the boys are utterly addled with acid. This fact becomes abundantly clear in the tuning that follows. As Pig plays a haunting, whirling organ, the boys moan and freakishly yell. Then the band delivers some random banter, before engaging the crowd in a call and response (“Everybody say fuck!” “FUCK!” Everybody say primate!” “What?”). It all really needs to be heard to be fully appreciated. A rush into Golden Road – just one of three times the Dead played the tune live – spirits everyone from the hallucinatory absurdity to the roaring psychedelic Grateful Dead dance machine. The band follows that up with New Potato Caboose, which is frantic and brilliant. However, it is the Alligator that takes the cake, gyrating and charging, throwing off sparks in an absolute furor of lysergic energy. And the insane Alligator vocals at the end launch it even further into the kaleidoscopic stratosphere.

Recording info
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Identifier:
gd67-05-05.sbs.yerys.1595.sbeok.shnf
Source:
Soundboard
Notes:
He Was A Friend cuts off. Song order is speculation by Teddy GoodBear, based on the late 70’s tape and cuts. (see info file)
Description:
He Was A Friend Of Mine, Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion-> New Potato Caboose-> Alligator
Lineage:
SBD > unknown analog gens > DAT > CDR > EAC > SHN
Transferrer:
Ben Yerys
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00:00
1
He Was A Friend Of Mine
05:41
2
Stage Banter
02:05
3
Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion
02:12
4
New Potato Caboose
10:12
5
Alligator
10:52
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There is an enormous amount of discussion on Archive about this recording, especially considering it is only four songs long. But the volume of conversation says something about how great this show is. And, as a number of those posters suggest, it is quite possible that this show is actually from later in ’67. Regardless, you should enjoy it now!

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3 responses to “05-05-1967”

  1. nedhoey Avatar
    nedhoey

    They surely played Golden Road much more than 3 times. It was the first song on their first album released in March ’67. Those 3 are the only known surviving recorded versions but there are dozens of unrecorded shows in 1967. When it comes to the ’66 -’71 era you can’t say “only played …”. Too many lost shows from those years.

  2. JR Avatar
    JR

    It’s Phil’s voice rapping about the narc in the audience.

  3. Daniel Evans Avatar
    Daniel Evans

    This looks like it will be great, so I am Grateful!

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