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  • 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)




Uncle John's Band 284


High Time 312


Dire Wolf 191


New Speedway Boogie 244


Cumberland Blues 194


Black Peter 341


Easy Wind 297


Casey Jones 264


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