Friday, September 23, 2005

ABC mentions Fillmore Box Set & Annotated Lyrics book

From ABC News:

Grateful Dead mines famed '69 Fillmore stand


Sep 23, 2005 — By Barry A. Jeckell

NEW YORK (Billboard) - A legendary 1969 four-night Grateful Dead stand at San Francisco's Fillmore West already produced an album in the form of that year's two-LP Warner Bros. set "Live/Dead." Now, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the band, all of the music the Dead played at those shows is being officially released for the first time.

A limited-edition 10-disc box set collecting the entirety of the February 27-March 2 run will be released in mid-October via the band's official ( Web site. Unfortunately, the top-notch collectable has completely sold out through advance orders and there are no plans to make it available again.

Those not lucky enough to score the box will find solace in a three-disc compilation of previously unreleased recordings from those shows. Due November 1 from Rhino, "Fillmore West 1969" collects material from each night that was not included on the original "Live/Dead" release.
One song from the first night, "Cosmic Charlie," is included, with the rest of its disc one compatriots coming from February 28: "Morning Dew," ""Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," "Doin' That Rag," "I'm a King Bee" and "Turn on Your Lovelight."

The second disc opens with two songs from March 1 — "Dupree's Diamond Blues" and "Mountains of the Moon" — and closes out with "Dark Star," "St. Stephen," "The Eleven" and "Death Don't Have No Mercy," all from February 28.

Disc three does not mix material from several nights. It sticks to the final show, but fudges the order in which "That's It for the Other One," "Alligator," "Drums," "Jam," "Caution (Do Not Stop on the Tracks)," "Feedback" and "We Bid You Goodnight" were played.

In other news, on October 24, Free Press will publish "The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics." The 480-page tome was compiled by David Dodd, the founder of a Web site ( of the same name, and co-editor of "The Grateful Dead Reader" and "The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads: An Annotated Biography."

Too bad ABC waited so long to announce the Box Set. According to the Official
Grateful Dead website:

posted: 9/7/05
-Fillmore West 1969 - The Complete Recordings-SOLD OUT
The limited-edition 10-CD box set from the Fillmore West in 1969 has sold out, and we thank you for your overwhelming response to this project. Please stay tuned to our web site over the next few weeks for more exciting audio and DVD releases for the Fall of 2005.


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