- HD 24 bit / 96KHz Downloads - Mickey Hart's new stereo remix from the 2001 DVD-A release
- The Dead:
Jerry Garcia - guitars, pedal steel, vocals, songwriter
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - keyboards, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, guitar, piano, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Mickey Hart - percussion, engineer, mixing, sound design
- Originally released on June 14, 1970
- The album was recorded at the Pacific High Recording Studio, which was located in back of the Fillmore West. Pacific High had a 50 by 50 foot recording space, with 14 foot ceilings, two isolation booths, and much of the equipment built by Ron Wickersham. The sessions started in mid-February, 1970, the album was recorded over a nine day period, and mixed in the first week or two of April, 1970. For the recording sessions, the band was arranged in a half-circle around the drums, resulting in some leakage of the instruments. The songs intended for the album were rehearsed in one to two days, then
re-arranged to have a beginning of Side 1, end of Side 1, a beginning of Side 2, and a finale.
- On "Cumberland Blues", David Nelson plays a Martin D-18 acoustic guitar from 1940; it had been previously owned by Garcia, who traded it for a Weymann banjo from the Lundberg music store in Berkeley.
- Garcia plays a Martin D-28 on "Black Peter".
- Garcia also played a Martin D-18 acoustic guitar and a ZB pedal steel guitar.
- "Uncle John's Band" contains a fragment of a Bulgarian tune, music to which Garcia was listening at the time.
- "Dire Wolf" was recorded on February 16, 1970. "Dire Wolf" was written while Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia were sharing a house on 271 Madrone, in Larkspur, California. The "...please, don't murder me..." lines in "Dire Wolf" were inspired by the "Zodiac Killer", who murdered over a score of people in San Francisco between 1968 and 1978.
- The "driving that train, high on cocaine, Casey Jones you better watch your speed" lines in "Casey Jones" had been written down by Hunter in his notebook; he later re-discovered the lines and used them as the hook in the song.
- Produced by Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor
- (notes excerpted with permission from "The Compleat Grateful Dead Discography" by Ihor Slabicky)