Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-11-08
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
This is a patched fix for the most recent upgrade of this show, put into circulation by The Port Chester Resurrection Project (http://db.etree.org/shninfo_detail.php?shnid=26975).
Re-editing by - Noah Weiner (Dec 2004 - March, 2005)
AudMC cuts patched via crossfade with alt version:
-I Know You Rider (patch covers cut 03:52 - 04:45)
-It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (patch covers cut 03:03 - 03:07)
-Truckin' (patch covers cut 05:56 - 05:58)
-Dancin' in the Streets (patch covers cut 06:17 - 06:37)
All track ID's that needed adjustment got it.
MD5's are separated out by band. Please note such that the files named as gd1970-11-08d3 are actually Disc 4 of this entire set.
Technical Notes (from shnid=26975):
The original audience master cassettes (4 Ampex C361-90) were recorded on a Sony TC124 with unknown dynamic mics, spread approx. 25-30 ft. across the balcony, by Ken & Judy Lee,. The cassette tape was baked and re-shelled, then transfered via Tascam 122 MK-III > Lucid ADA1000 > Tascam DA30-II (DAT) > Tascam CDRW 700 (CDR) by John Jay Hance. Editing by Peter G. via Soundforge. No noise reduction was applied. Audio extraction and further editing via Peak 4.0, compressed to .shn with xACT 1.3, and seeded by BoldCaptain via Azureus 2.1. Tape flutter in Baby Blue, and in Truckin'. Tape flip in Dancin' In The Streets was was seemlessly pieced together.
- 2005-06-29 14:58:17
- Dynamic Mics > Sony TC124 (AudMC) > Tascam 122 MK-III > Lucid ADA1000 > Tascam DA30-II (DAT) > Tascam CDRW 700 > CDR > EAC > SHN
- Port Chester, NY
- Audience - Ken & Judy Lee
- Taped by
- Ken & Judy Lee
- Transferred by
- Noah Weiner
- Capitol Theater
Subject: "There is a Mountain"???
Subject: Fa70 Cap Theater N4 Finale- w/ Ned
Subject: love making
Subject: sickie !!!!!
Subject: Despite Jennident
Subject: what a show!
Subject: desert island
Subject: Yeah, whatever
I now say that this is actually a great show, but there's better recordings...
Most times I'll say that it isn't what the Dead played so much as it is how they played what they played. In this case, just check that 2nd-set setlist - by the time the band is deep into the Main Ten and into that crazy Dancin' Stars jam, I find myself truly emotional - the combination of the fuzziness of the recording, the bass, Jerry's notes piercing through - it all is so evocative of an old time, childhood, what you will - extraordinary, a real trip for the senses, the emotion, the ol' private memory bank.
Subject: Dead Saturday
Subject: Marquee at the Capitol Theatre
Subject: Wow,this IS nice!
The odd choices of cover songs is really cool,"My Babe","New Orleans" just let you know the band was here for a long good fun time.And to top it off the New Riders set is a blast.Any NRPS w/Jerry is always welcome,so the more,the better.
What it would have been like to have been there,but i was only 7 at the time,but I can kick back and listen & dream..........
Subject: Howd I ever miss this one??
Subject: A Great Show!
I saw 18 shows in 1970, some of the best that I'd witnessed over 27 years. There are parts of this show that are sublime, like the Main Ten Jam where they nurse it for a while before they explode into brilliant sunlight. Also the Dew. A lot of the covers were fun one-offs, but not the highlights, for me at least.
Love this show, love Marty's recording!
Subject: A very special show
Best of all, I now have a downloaded copy! Thanks for posting this treasure.
Subject: LESH69 is stupid
Subject: wow !
Subject: happy camper
Subject: baby blue!
Subject: The Main Ten
This is a jewel of the time period. Highlights include Baby Blue, Rider and Morning Dew. The show has a great feel, delicate and precise. The slower tempo of the evening really brought out a lot of feeling in the songs played. The set list really matched the feel of the evening. I love it when that happens.
NRPS at the end is very cool, although I wouldn't have expected a short NRPS at the end of a long Dead set... but then again what do I know (very little).
Subject: Glad to have been there.
Glad to hear the our taper descendants are still carrying the torch,(and mikes, media, batteries).
When Judy and I realized how much MAGIC was going down every night, only to evaporate as our ears stopped ringing, we made the decision to record these otherworldly experiences as best we could.
So we began at the end of the 60s and caught what we could for posterity, never dreaming of the web and all the people that would end up listening to our work for, well, forever, I hope. As long as we don't totally screw up the planet.
We're still out there, going to shows and keeping the light glowing. "Unable to walk, I will crawl, crawl, crawl..." Well, with a broken back, I'm not shaking my bones the way I could, but I'm still smiling.
Glad to have been able to turn you on to our stuff, we've got hundreds of tapes to go with big plans for the coming new year.
Ken and Judy Lee
Subject: 4 stars
Subject: Friend of the Devil jam
Subject: Another Version??
Now since the late 70's I have had a cassette copy of much of this show that is a far superior recording. It is a stereo audience that was dubbed from a reel to reel copy that I was told was a first gen copy, making mine a second gen. The highs and lows are vastly superior to any other copy I have heard circulating. The only problems are that there are many cuts and glurps in the recording, it seems the taper stopped and started his rig after every song, (Baby Blue is particularly butchered) and it completely runs out at the beginning of Dancin', and is only the electric set (it starts about a minute into Morning Dew). Also, there is hilarious audience bantor throughout. Despite the flaws, I think the recording is a gem because it TRULY feels like you are in the room when you listen to it. Has anyone else come across this version? If it has not circulated, I will try and post on the Dime to get it out there.
Subject: All Hail the PCRP
Subject: Constant Dream Come True
Being a late arriver to the show (never having the chance to see Garcia with the group) I have always preferred the early years (if Pig's not in the lineup...even if he is not doing anything but waiting to come on stage to sing...it ain't the same to me).
Thanks again for all the work to keep this site going.
Subject: What a weekend!!!!
I remember that there was a bomb threat called in and the fire marshal got on stage and told us that we all had to leave so that they could search the building. After the search they had no choice but to let everyone in. The theater was packed to the rafters. I remember Garcia and Weir saying we know that you're in here (referring to the person that called in the scare ) and they thanked the person.
The exit doors on the fire escape were open and we were dancing out in the alley of the theater and on the fire escape.
These shows were simply the greatest experience a person could hope for. It was a four day party. At the time I couldn't imagine it ever ending. The music was insane and the boys were just having a ball.
I had this show on a Maxell tape for years and ultimately lost it. I was so happy to find it here on the Archives site.
I have loved the Dead since I first saw them on 2-14-70(hence the user name)although I was hooked on Anthem, Aoxomoxoa and Live Dead before I ever saw them. Nothing in my life has ever touched the experiences I had at Dead shows(except for the births of my daugters).
These shows on the Archives web site whether Audience tapes or sound boards are like mana from heaven and should be cherished. Nothing will ever come around again that can compare to the total package that a Dead show could offer.
For sure there were nights that didn't hit the heights but all in all there was no place I would rather have been than at a Grateful Dead concert.
I will always remember the joy and exceptional vibe that came with a show.
I don't miss them because they are right here on the Archives site.
God bless the people that make this happen.
As for a rating of this show, for pure entertainment I give it a 10 but since 5 is all there is so be it. 5 it is.
Subject: Come On Friends...
any ideas anyone?
Subject: This will be Released
I would pay the 1970 ticket price right now just for the Baby Blue. Please take heed and stop searching 1977...this is the Promised Land.
Subject: ....what a show, what a show....!!
This is my favorite "Dark Star" of all: just the right length and full of outerspace weirdness. This reading of "The Main Ten" is absolutely spine-tingling; it sounds like the band is channeling some other world. You just GOTTA hear this, gang!!
Very nice AUD recording, capturing an astounding evening of music!!
Sorry to rant but I had to. Please forgive me.
Subject: Great show
My favorite: as Pigpen walks on stage to sing Operator with the crowd shouting out requests, one person in the audience shouts "Play whatever you want!" The vibe of this show is evident in the musicianship and the crowd energy. Definitely one of my Top 10.
Subject: Nov.70 Port Chester -- the best...
The Nov. 70 Port Chester's are among my VERY favorites.
Nov. 5 and 6 are the best, but this show, Nov. 8, has the best sound quality, and also has some exemplary moments:
Undoubtedly my ALL-TIME favorite. Better than FE 4/28 and 4/29.
Absolutely magical. "PASSIONATE" Dead at their best.
At this point in their career/lives, they were like a fine Cabernet. Mellowed with age.
Jams from late 68/early 69 are arguably the high points of the band; but late '70 --exemplified by the Portchester run -- are a rival.
Perhaps it was the brush with real-life tragedy, as Phil reports in his book, that occurred this year.
Whatever. These shows are special. If only there were soundboards available...
Also noteworthy from this night (11-8): Baby Blue and Good Lovin.
Subject: Really plugged in
This is a special concert. Garcia's guitar is plugged in somewhere up God's end of the universe and in the best parts you can just feel the well-being coming through. For example, Mountain Dew, The Main Ten, Dancing Jam. Sit back and enjoy.
Subject: Thanks Ken and Judy
Subject: Do the Dew !!
To me, this is THE Dew. I know everyone has their favorite, but this is mine. Jerry's guitar tone, his phrasing, his volume control are sheer beauty. The solos are staggering, and the building intensity near the end of the song, when Billy and Mickey kick the beat into double time - that's just magic. The chord changes right there are unique to this version too. Of all the Dews I've listened to in my 57 years and thousands of hours of tapes, I've never heard another played like this.
As for the rest of the show, it's like this : GET IT. Besides the Dew, you need this show (Ken and Judy Lee version) because : The recording is so clean; look at the rarity of the set list; the energy in the performances; disc 4 has Jerry on Pedal Steel with The New Riders, how cool is that? If you ever witnessed him with them, you know what I'm saying. Great show, great audience recording.
A big Thank You to the Archive, to Ken and Judy Lee, and to the Port Chester Project for preserving history. Thank You to Jerry, Bob, Phil, Pigpen, Billy, and Mickey for making history.
Subject: that tease
Great job on cleaning these tapes up. Thank you!
Subject: Stop the stupid clapping...
And now I get to hear the whole Godzilla quip as well... I can't believe how good this sounds; this has always been a killer and it's really worth it. Such a 'living room' feel to the acoustic portion (except for the aforementioned clapping).
Thansk to LMA for hosting these wonderful slices of Americana. A must have.
Subject: C'mon guys!
Subject: Rare Kick in the Ass
Overall not a bad AUD and the setlist is outstanding. If you like the Dead you need this show.
Subject: Can't download or listen
Subject: Goin' down the road
Subject: Top Ten!!
I had seen this show mentioned around for years on the boards, and of course it's high up on the Deadbase survey list for 1970 as well. But hey, who has time for AUD shows when there's so much SBD to grab?? (he said foolishly). After reading the reviews of this new remaster from the Port Chester folks, the old Dr. decided to take the plunge and DL this monster.
So I load up Set One in my WAV player and click on
FOTD. I was stunned! Speechless! The clarity of the vocals and acoustic guitars is amazing. I would have never believed an AUD from 1970 could sound this good. Okay, so maybe not quite up to the Holy Grail of 8/6/71, but close. REAL close. A big hats off and a pass of the pipe to the Port Chester group. But of course it helps to have a great source recording to start with - which this is.
The acoustic set features some fairly rare items - a slower El Paso, a beautiful Rosalie, and an even rarer Operator. The FOTD and Uncle John are stellar, and the Ripple really sweet. Well that's about the whole set isn't it - hell they're ALL good here. The band is in a good mood and it comes through in the singing.
Set Two finds them trying out some different material, since no doubt they played almost everything they knew the previous 4 nights here. Kind of a laid back set if you can dig it, with lots of Garcia doing bluesy jams in the middle section - which is mostly instrumental. The Morning Dew is a real standout though, very strong. And the rare Baby Blue make this a very enjoyable set overall.
Okay, put on your space helmets Cadets, and get ready to obtain orbit, cause the last set is not of this world!!
A great Truckin (still a new song here) kicks it off, and then a seamless segue into Dark Star. First, some nice spacy jamming with Jerry offering all 64 Crayola colors in an ever-changing sound collage that's on the mellow side. Then after the verse - look out!! They go immediately into a long Feedback-like weirdness section, led mostly by Mickey and Bill on percussion FX. At the beginning during the Gong jam, someone in the audience contributes some bird calls - which temporarily breaks the spell and Bobby jokingly admonishes the crowd to "be serious". Priceless!!
Warning - this Dark Star is a bit harsh if you're not into electronic effects. Very similar to the Caution>Feedback jam of the 9/20/70 show. But I like it, call me a freak. You'll find it hard to believe this is the same band that played Little Susie an hour ago!! Finally Phil and Jerry enter the fray, and morph the jam into a fine early Main Ten (read Playin) jam. And the Dancin is just over the top, with Jerry delivering some scorching leads.
The rest of the show is so hot it's beyond description. Suffice to say that Pigpen brings it all down to earth with one of the best Good Lovins of the year. Those lucky few who were at this show really got their money's worth, and probably their lives changed as well!!
This one went right to the top and rang the bell for me. A Top Ten for sure, with the acoustic set, a fine shining example of what the Dead could do in 1970 when the force was with them.
Suggestion - put this AUD show on a good stereo, tweak your EQ a little, esp. the bass. Turn out the lights - no ALL the lights. Turn on your surround sound and light up a bowl of Cheerios. I guarantee that by the 3rd or 4th song - you'll feel like you're IN the audience!! A great experience and a must have show for fans of this period.
Dr. Flashback :-)
Subject: soundboard snob
Subject: This 2005 restoration is the best version
You can verify this yourself very easily.
On this page, stream the VBR M3U and go to the third track "I Know You Rider". At 03:52 in that track, there was a problem with this Ken & Judy Lee tape, so it is patched for a minute with... the Owens version. I guarantee you will say "Bleh!" at 03:52 :) . This will show you how much of an improvement was accomplished in this restoration.
So, download this March 2005 Ken & Judy Lee version, and rest easy that you have the best version of this fine show!
Subject: probs. DLing d1t10--FOTD
Subject: GREAT SHOW
Subject: Rock'n Roll!!
Subject: Great past 92
Just like ANY year the dead played, there were great nights and shitty nights...great tours and shitty tours...and great years and shitty years. But you cannot look at the Hell Tour of 95 and say , yep - what a shitty era , the band didnt come out with anything at this time.
Unbroken Chain mean anything to anyone? I guess not. A new reworked version of Schoolgirl in 95 , and many of the best refined versions of new songs like Corinna and So Many Roads can be found in 95. Let alone highlight shows from other years like 94 Deercreek - The Help>Slip>Frank is one the most mind blowing experiences you can listen to from a 90s show. Im not lying , check it out , it will leave your head spinning.
<3 the dead and what they did in the sixties
<3 the dead and what they did in the seventies
<3 the dead and what they did in the eighties
the 90's are no exception. There are real gems to be found all throughout the half decade.
May not be one to share to that first time listener due to sound but it is good enough to share with no one but yourself...something to put on in the dark and just sit back with a SMILE!!! And it will make you smile its that good!! Thanks GDIAP and Archive- keep 'em coming!!!
If you cannot tell that its jerry singing right off the bat in Dire Wolf, with the rest of the boys behind him...you have some serious issues to work out. That, or you are the president of the Brittney Spears fan club,and havn't come out of the closet yet.
Subject: Get It
To the poor misguided soul who thinks this is the NRPS, please, please seek professional help. And did someone actually think the Dead had a song called "Wake of the Flood"?! I spent a good deal of my touring career hoping to hear that song live one day, as well as St. Stephen, Dark Star, and Box of Rain. I never saw HCS, but 3 out of 4 ain't bad. And someone out there doesn;t even realize the name of the song. Unbelieveable. I was done seeing shows well before they did Unbroken, the Touch of Gray era told me it was time to get off the road. All the BS with vending and gatecrashing they dealwt with in the '90's was unthinkable back in the early/mid-'80's when I was touring. Let alone the pure insanity of the '95 tour, that was sickening to read about. After reading Phil's book it sounds like they were pretty horrified watrching all that creap go down from the stage. I have yet to hear a show after '92 worth listening to anyway.
Subject: Good copy, but...
BTW, what is up with this guy saying there is no Dead on this copy? Huh?!?! Drugs?! If you smoke so much that you think that the Dead are the NRPS, you need to go cold turkey. Fast.
Subject: Not the Grateful Dead!
Subject: Show 4 : Sound 2.5
Subject: No song, just an album...
Subject: Hell Of A Set
Subject: what fun!!!!!
Hell the band in general is on fire. Once again i am
streaming and D/Ling at the same time. Get this show!! Once again thanks so much for this site
Subject: finally, decent quality
Killer show. Finally in decent quality.
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