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Songs From the West Coast Sixties, Part One

Jim Morrison performing at the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival, June 1967. Photo by Michael Goldberg.
Jim Morrison performing at the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival, June 1967. Photo by Michael Goldberg.

My good friend David Monterey, a singer, songwriter and musician who leads the band, the String Rays, writes the Song Dog Music blog. Recently, the two of us had a long discussion about the Sixties West Coast Music Scene, particularly what we experienced as kids in the Bay Area.

You can read Part One of our conversation here.

Below I have posted video and song clips that compliment our words. Enjoy.

The Doors, Soul Kitchen, The Matrix, 1967 – the initial footage in this video clip is from the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival, June 1967

Big Brother, Down On Me, 1968

Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit, 1967

The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man, 1965

Pete Seeger, If I Had A Hammer, 1956

Bob Dylan, Blowin’ in the Wind, 1963

Sly and the Family Stone, Dance to the Music, 1969

Grateful Dead, Jack Straw, 1972

Jefferson Airplane, Plastic Fantastic Lover, 1968

Grateful Dead, St. Stephen,1969

Grateful Dead, Dark Star, 1969

Grateful Dead, Black Peter, May 15, 1970

Grateful Dead, Friend of the Devil, 1970

Robert Johnson, Hellhound on my Trail, 1937

Grateful Dead, Sitting on Top of the World- 1966 Trips Festival SF

Howlin’ Wolf, Sitting on Top of the World, 1957

Jefferson Airplane, Chauffeur Blues, 1966

Memphis Minnie, Chauffeur Blues (probably written by Minnie but credited to her producer lester Melrose), 1941

The Charlatans, Alabama Bound, 1965

Leadbelly, Alabama Bound

Lynn Hughes (who sang this song with The Charlatans), Devil, 1969

Skip James, Devil Got My Woman, 1931

Quicksiler Messenger Service, Who Do You Love?, 1968

Bo Diddley, Who Do You Love?, 1956

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Video: Grateful Dead Live In Santa Clara 2015 – Four-Plus Hours – ‘Morning Dew’ & Much More

Trey does Jerry.
This past weekend the Grateful Dead with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio filling if for the late Jerry Garcia on lead guitar, played two two-set shows at the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Below are videos of most of the June 27 show, and the second set of the June 28 show.

Enjoy.

June 27, 2015 – first set:

June 27, 2015 – second set (most of the set but not all):

June 27, 2015 – second set, second to the last song – “Morning Dew”:

June 27, 2015 – set closer – “Casey Jones”:

June 28, 2015 – second set:


June 28, 2015 – most of sets 1 & 2:

June 27 set list:

Set One

Truckin’
Uncle John’s Band
Alligator
(Phil Lesh lead vocals)
Cumberland Blues
Born Cross-Eyed
Cream Puff War
(Trey Anastasio lead vocals)
Viola Lee Blues
(Cannon’s Jug Stompers cover)

Set Two

Cryptical Envelopment
(Phil Lesh lead vocals)
Dark Star
St. Stephen
(with William Tell bridge)
The Eleven
Turn On Your Love Light
(Bobby “Blue” Bland cover)
Drums
(with Mickey Hart on mbira)
What’s Become of the Baby?
(Phil Lesh lead vocals)
Space
The Other One
Morning Dew
(Bonnie Dobson cover)
Encore:
Casey Jones
(Bruce Hornsby lead vocals)

June 28 set list:

Set 1 (I don’t have video for this set)

Feel Like a Stranger
Minglewood Blues
(Cannon’s Jug Stompers cover)
Brown-Eyed Women
(Bruce Hornsby on lead vocals)
Loose Lucy
Loser
(Jerry Garcia song) (Bruce Hornsby on lead vocals)
Row Jimmy
Alabama Getaway
(lead vocal: Trey Anastasio)
Black Peter
Hell in a Bucket

Set 2

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Wharf Rat
Eyes of the World
He’s Gone
Drums
(with Sikiru Adepoju on talking drum)
Space
I Need a Miracle
Death Don’t Have No Mercy
(Reverend Gary Davis cover)
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

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Audio: Jerry Garcia Does Bob Dylan’s ‘Visions Of Johanna” – 16+ Minutes

I always dug Jerry Garcia’s voice and I think it’s perfect for delivering this song. Intuitively Garcia got this song, and you hear it.

Some great guitar playing on some of these versions too.

Here’s a studio recording of “Visions of Johanna” by Garcia.

Here’s the Grateful Dead doing “Visions of Johanna” live, The Spectrum, March 18, 1995, Philadelphia, PA:

And a version from the Dead at Hampton Coliseum, March 19, 1986, Hampton, VA:

Audio: Dylan-Heavy Soundtrack To ‘True Love Scars’ – Part Two – Listen Now!

My rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars, is heavy with references to music.

So I’ve been creating Spotify playlists for the soundtrack.

Today I added a second playlist to the True Love Scars Soundtrack area of my blog.

You can check both playlists out right now.

Here’s the new one:

And you’ll find them both here.

I’ll be adding more in the weeks ahead.

[I just published True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in the new issue. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

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Video: Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead Live at Giants Stadium, July 1987 – full show

Here’s the complete show at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, July 12, 1987, with Dylan and the Grateful Dead performing together.

Starts with a set by the Dead, then Dylan joins them one hour and forty-four minutes into the video. The show runs over three hours.

Dylan and the Dead play these songs:

Slow Train Comin’
Stuck Inside of Mobile
Tomorrow is a Long Time
Highway 61
Baby Blue
Ballad of a Thin Man
John Brown
Wicked Messenger
Queen Jane Approximately
Chimes of Freedom
Joey
All Along the Watchtower
Times They Are A-Changin’

Touch of Grey
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

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Audio: Bob Dylan’s Many Versions of ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’

Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” a version of which appeared on Bringing It All Back Home, has always been a favorite of mine.

Today I’ve gathered a number of Dylan’s performances of the song. They’re all pretty great.

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” off Bringing It All Back Home, recorded Jan. 15, 1965:

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Dylan in the studio, alternate take, Jan. 16, 1965:

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [Take 1] by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Dylan, solo, Savoy Hotel, London, May 8, 1965:

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Dylan, solo, Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 3, 1965:

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Dylan, solo, Sydney, Australia, April 13, 1966:

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Dylan, solo, live, Manchester’s Free Trade Hall, May 17, 1966:

Dylan,B-Biograph-2-13-It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Live)(#) by Dylan, Bob on Grooveshark

Dylan solo, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada, Dec. 1 or 2, 1975:

It's All Over Now Baby Blue (solo) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Rolling Thunder Review, Dylan, solo, Forum de Montreal, Canada. Dec. 4, 1975:

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [Live] by Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Review on Grooveshark

Dylan and band ( Dylan on piano and Katie Segal and Debbie Dye Gibson on backing vocals), rehearsal, Dec, 30, 1977:

It's All Over Now Baby Blue by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Rolling Thunder Revue, Providence, Rhode Island, Oct. 7, 1978:

1978-10-07 – Providence – It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Dylan and the Grateful Dead, rehearsals, June 1987:

It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

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Audio: Is ‘Dylan & The Dead’ Bob Dylan’s Most Underrated Album?

On February 6, 1989, 25 years ago, the album Dylan and the Dead was released.

Rock critics hated the album.

Rolling Stone: [The record] “makes you wonder what the fuss [over the tour] was about…”

The Village Voice, Robert Christgau: [What Dylan] “makes of his catalogue here is exactly what he’s been making of it for years—money.”

Amazon.com, Steve Appleford: “If these were the stadium tour’s best performances, pity anyone who actually sat through one of these concerts with a clear head.”

Listening to the album now, I think it sounds pretty good. No, it’s not among Dylan’s best, but the combo of Dylan and the Dead is a good one. Garcia’s guitar work is, often enough, the perfect compliment to Dylan’s songs, and the Dead’s harmony vocals are just right.

“Queen Jane Approximately” is a standout with outstanding guitar playing from Garcia, a strong performance from the whole band and strong vocals from Dylan.

“Knocking On Heaven’s Door” is a solid performance — it’s great to hear how the Dead handle backing Dylan.

Also quite strong is “All Along the Watchtower.” And, really, “Slow Train” and “Gotta Serve Somebody” aren’t bad either.

The only track I could really do without is “Joey.”

Of course a much better album could have been pulled together if other songs from the tour had been included, as well as some of the songs Dylan and the Dead rehearsed at Club Front in San Rafael, June 1, 1987, before the tour began.

What’s so weird is that there are times during the rehearsals when Dylan’s voice sounds fantastic — like he was more into just jamming on songs with the Dead than when they were actually out on the road.

Here are some performance from the tour and the rehearsals that I like.

“Queen Jane Approximately”:

Queen Jane Approximately (Eugene, July 19, 1987) by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” Eugene, July 19, 1987:

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Eugene, July 19, 1987) by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

“The Wicked Messenger,” East Rutherford, July 12, 1987:

The Wicked Messenger (East Rutherford, July 12, 1987) by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

“The French Girl,” rehearsal:

The French Girl by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

“When I Paint My Masterpiece,” rehearsal:

When I Paint My Masterpiece by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

“Tomorrow Is A Long Time,” rehearsal with the Dead, 1987:

Tomorrow Is A Long Time by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

“Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” Eugene, July 19, 1987:

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Eugene, July 19, 1987) by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

“Pledging My Time,’ rehearsal:

Pledging My Time 1 by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

“I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” rehearsal:

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 2 by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan and Jerry Garcia (vocals), “Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power), first take, rehearsal:

Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power) 1 by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

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Audio: Bob Dylan Plays ‘The French Girl’ with The Band and the Grateful Dead

Françoise Hardy and Dylan in Paris, 1966.

One of the songs Bob Dylan and the group that would soon call itself The Band recorded during the “Basement Tapes” sessions in 1967 was an Ian Tyson (of Ian and Sylvia) composition, “The French Girl.”

Was Dylan thinking of Françoise Hardy, who he met in Paris the year before, when he chose to record the song?

During the “Basement Tapes” sessions Dylan and his band did two takes. And then the song was dropped for 20 years until Dylan resurrected it in 1987 during rehearsals with the Grateful Dead in San Rafael, Ca.

I particularly love the “Basement Tapes” version. Dylan’s interpretation of the song is amazing — he turns it into a Bob Dylan song. But the version with the Grateful Dead is a good one too. Jerry Garcia on pedal steel!

Below are a version of the song played with The Band, and a version with the Dead.

Bob Dylan and The Band play “The French Girl,” “Basement Tapes” sessions, 1967:

Video about Bob Dylan rehearsing “The French Girl” with The Band and the Grateful Dead with portions of both versions:

Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead play “The French Girl,” 1987:

The French Girl by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

For more on “The French Girl,” head here.

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Lost Tapes Found Dept.: 1970 Grateful Dead Show From Family Dog at the Great Highway

Tapes in possession of Jerry Garcia’s wife Carolyn Garcia, better known as Mountain Girl, will be released on November 29th, Black Friday.

The album, Family Dog at the Great Highway – San Francisco, CA 4/18/70, is comprised of an 80 minute show the Dead performed at the Family Dog at the Great Highway in San Francisco on April 18th, 1970.

According to Rolling Stone, the album will include six songs performed solo by Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, a founding member of the band who died in 1973.

For more head to Rolling Stone.

Track list:

“I Know You Rider”
“Don’t Ease Me In”
“Silver Threads and Golden Needles”
“Friend of the Devil”
“Deep Elem Blues”
“Wake Up Little Susie”
“Candyman”
“Cumberland Blues”
“New Speedway Boogie”
“Me and My Uncle”
“Mama Tried”
“Katie Mae”
“Ain’t It Crazy (The Rub)”
“Roberta”
“Bring Me My Shotgun”
“The Mighty Flood”
“Black Snake”

While you wait for the new album, here’s a set the Dead played November 2, 1969 at Family Dog at the Great Highway:

Grateful Dead Lyricist Robert Hunter To Hit The Road

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Robert Hunter, the lyricist who wrote the lyrics for many of the Grateful Dead’s best songs will be touring for the first time in years (starting later this week in New York), according to Rolling Stone.

Hunter collaborated with Jerry Garcia beginning in the ’60s and the two of them wrote such Dead classics as “Dark Star,” St. Stephen” and “Box of Rain.”

Hunter says he’s touring to pay off hospital bills.

“When I was in my sixties, it seemed like a good time to retire, and I didn’t have a financial reason,” Hunter told David Browne. “But I’ve got medical bills to pay, so I’m a working man again. Last year I managed to have a nice hospitalization that should have been fatal. I had a spinal abscess. It was a honey. They had me on morphine for about a month. I had never had the distinction of being involved with that [drug] before. It was the strangest world. I couldn’t tell delusions from reality. I was calling my mom in the middle of the night saying they were going to execute me.”

To read an interview with Hunter, head to Rolling Stone.