Grateful Dead- Fillmore West (1969)

Friday’s Jefferson Airplane post was the first of a group of posts about classic albums that everyone has heard of, but haven’t necessarily listen to.
The Fillmore West was a short-lived venue/studio/practice space in San Francisco (south Van Ness and Market Street) that the Grateful Dead played at, along with other notable bands of the time, such as Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Grateful Dead are easily one of my favorite bands, and the Fillmore West recordings capture a moment in time that I would argue was the pinnacle of the Grateful Dead’s sound. The music and premise of Jam Bands were new and fresh at a time when social change and upheaval filled the air, and this album is a snap-shot of that moment in time in many ways. This is such a historic album that should be in every music library.
Jam Bands are improv by nature, so big fans will have massive collections of different shows and have endless debates as to which version of a song is “the best”.
Earlier today Spacecakes explained to me which were the absolute best performances of Phish‘s album Junta (which I will also post about later on this week). He also went on to explain to me Mrs. Spacecakes idea about how Phish is better now (recently) then they have ever been before. I haven’t listened to any of their newest music so I will check it out and share.
The Fillmore West recordings faithfully capture a moment. I can almost smell the hippies when I listen to this album… (and them asking for a dollar, a cigarette, a beer, some hash, etc.)
“Hey brother, can you spare…”

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