Dick's Picks, Vol. 26: 4/26/69 Electric Theater, Chicago, IL/ 4/27/69 Labor Temple, Min

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By 1969, the Grateful Dead had become two different bands. Their folkie acoustic side would later re-emerge with a southwestern flavor on American Beauty 1970 and Workingman's Dead 1970. Simultaneously, they were continuing to develop their progressive and often stretched-out electric psychedelia. On this 26th entry in the Dick's Picks series of archival releases, Jerry Garcia's undeniable brilliance as a multifaceted and rarely equalled string man is both literally and figuratively amplified on "Dupree's Diamond Blues" and "Mountains of the Moon." These two unplugged tracks ironically hail from the Electric Theater April 26, 1969 in Chicago. Both feature Garcia's ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
By 1969, the Grateful Dead had become two different bands. Their folkie acoustic side would later re-emerge with a southwestern flavor on American Beauty 1970 and Workingman's Dead 1970. Simultaneously, they were continuing to develop their progressive and often stretched-out electric psychedelia. On this 26th entry in the Dick's Picks series of archival releases, Jerry Garcia's undeniable brilliance as a multifaceted and rarely equalled string man is both literally and figuratively amplified on "Dupree's Diamond Blues" and "Mountains of the Moon." These two unplugged tracks ironically hail from the Electric Theater April 26, 1969 in Chicago. Both feature Garcia's inimitable -- and all too rare -- acoustic guitar leads. His intonation retains the acidic and trippy edge of its electric counterpart; however, the backdrop is much more intimate and rightfully consecrated. Also unique to this era are the keyboard contributions of Tom Constanten. Although often drowned out during the electric sets, Constanten hauntingly augments Garcia's rich acoustic guitar with an ear toward the Baroque. Garcia deftly switches axes -- without stopping the proceedings -- and the band diverges into the powerhouse combo of "China Cat Sunflower" and "Doin' That Rag." This is followed by an epic "Cryptical Envelopment"/"The Other One." Although the Dead continued performing the suite into the early '70s, 1969 reigns as the apex of this live centerpiece, with this reading being no exception. Also of note is the astonishing diversion into the blues standard "I Know It's a Sin" -- which was rarely performed by the band and makes its first appearance on this archival Dead release. The meat of the two-disc volume is the complete 100-minute set from the Labor Temple April 7, 1969 in Minneapolis. The blues rave-up "Turn on Your Love Light" bookends the performance, featuring two equally uncompromising 15-plus minute readings. The primal Dead that exists between them include inspired and unexpected sidetracks into "Me and My Uncle" and "Sitting on Top of the World." These sinuous sonic diversions serve as prologue to the equally intense yet supple execution of a textbook 1969 rendering of "Dark Star"/"St. Stephen"/"The Eleven" -- known to Deadheads as the "Live/Dead sequence." The bombastic sonic energies are dispersed during the "Morning Dew" encore -- perfectly capping what by all accounts should be considered a "must- own" volume in the Dick's Picks series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064001027
  • Catalog Number: 400102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dupree's Diamond Blues (4:29)
  2. 2 Mountains of the Moon (6:45)
  3. 3 China Cat Sunflower (5:57)
  4. 4 Doin' That Rag (7:17)
  5. 5 Cryptical Envelopment (3:05)
  6. 6 The Other One (7:20)
  7. 7 The Eleven (7:59)
  8. 8 The Other One (1:04)
  9. 9 I Know It's a Sin (4:28)
  10. 10 Turn On Your Lovelight (20:36)
  11. 11 Me and My Uncle (4:11)
  12. 12 Sitting on Top of the World (3:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dark Star (26:36)
  2. 2 St. Stephen (9:18)
  3. 3 The Eleven (10:18)
  4. 4 Turn on Your Lovelight (15:24)
  5. 5 Morning Dew (10:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Drums
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Bob Weir Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Tom Constanten Keyboards
Bill Kreutzmann Drums
Phil Lesh Electric Bass, Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan Composer
Jeffrey Norman Mastering
Owsley Stanley Engineer
Robert Minkin Cover Art
David Lemieux Tape Archivist
Lesh Composer
Dobson Composer
M. Reed Composer
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