Saturday, May 3, 1969
Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
1969 was an altogether epic year for the Grateful Dead. Baring just a few, virtually all shows will deliver smiles.
5/3/69 might not go down as the greatest 1969 show in history. A lot of the show wasn’t even recorded. But it could go down as one of the best AUD tapes ever. Most would agree that you have GOT to hear this tape. It was recorded from the lip of the stage, and while the vocals are distant since the mics were outside of the PA speaker field, what you end up with is a frighteningly clean AUD recording of the band. Ever wonder what it might have been like to be sitting on the stage during a Dead show? Here you go.
The quality of this tape eclipses the performance. But even so, the He Was A Friend Of Mine is absolutely gorgeous, and the Other One suite contains a good number of power packed peaks with Jerry’s solos leaping into the air, careening on angles not found in our simple three dimensional world.
There’s nothing to regret here aside from the fact that the tape runs out way too early in the show. Please avoid the use of heavy machinery while listening, and you might want to turn out the lights. This tape will suck you in pretty quickly.