Adams Field House / Crystal Ballroom
Missoula, MT / Portland, OR
[May 14, 1974 & February 3, 1968]
First Appeared in The Music Box, August 1994, Volume 1, #3
Written by John Metzger
A big thank you to David Gans and his Grateful Dead Hour for this month's tape. Side one contains a portion of an excellent Grateful Dead show from 1974 and features a beautiful full blown Weather Report Suite. The tail end of this masterpiece winds around and around before landing in a wonderfully mellow, space-filled Dark Star. Of course it just can't end here and the band wraps things up with a very pretty China Doll.
The second side of this tape features an 1968 performance. Horrible soundboards of a portion of this show have been floating around for years, so I was quite happy to pick up a killer quality version. The set begins with a rapidly played, but very sweet Dark Star/China Cat Sunflower. The band then enters The Eleven which is more commonly paired with St. Stephen which wouldn't debut for a few more months. This version of The Eleven contains some immense full band jams which build to a fiery peak before settling into a short, apocalyptic feedback. Next comes a full blown That's It For The Other One/New Potato Caboose/Born Cross-Eyed, portions of which were used on the Anthem of the Sun album.
Side 1 (1974): Weather Report Prelude & Part 1, Let It Grow,
Dark Star, China Doll
Side 2 (1968): Dark Star, China Cat Sunflower, The Eleven, That's It for The
Other One, New Potato Caboose, Born Cross-Eyed
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