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Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Dead Open for Janis, Fillmore East February 12, 1969

All I know is something like a bird within her sang
All I know she sang a little while and then flew on

So I guess the combo of Janis Joplin & Her Band and the Grateful Dead could only rate a Tuesday and Wednesday night slot in the magic month of February, 1969 in New York City. Weekends were saved for the real rock bands like Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Ten Years After, Buffy St Marie the Vampire Slayer and Vanilla Fudge.

 Luckily I recently unearthed a little review from Cashbox Magazine so you can get another flavor of those midweek nights back 48 years ago since February 11 was released twenty years ago in October, 1997

Feb 6 1969 Village Voice, must have sold out since not in Feb 20 Issue

Feb 20 1969 Warner's Pigpen Lookalike Contest Ad

The unnamed reviewed caught the late show on the last night and seems to suggest that Janis had an off night, or that she hadn't jelled with her new band yet. But, our heros come to the rescue once again "The Grateful Dead were a surprise. For more than an hour, they kept us entranced by exploring every facet of rock"  Obviously, the reviewer wasn't too aware of the magic that he was viewing or the four shows that were to start in just over too weeks at the cousin theater West in San Francisco.

Deadbase thinks the setlist for the late show was the typical, but amazing, Duprees, Mountains, Dark Star>St Stephen>The 11>Death Don't, Alligator>Caution, but "could belong to the early show."
To see the latest thinking of what the Dead played at the late show, on February 12, 1969, I go to, which says:

[68:32] ; Dark Star [#4:58] > Saint Stephen [ 5:53] > The Eleven [15:43] > Death Don't Have No Mercy [ 8:22] ; Alligator [3:57] > Drums [4:22] > Drummer's chant [0:19] > Alligator [6:11] > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) [9:21] > Feedback [4:41] > And We Bid You Goodnight [4:39] %
CommentsThis is the Late Show. Eaton's list reads:
02/12/69 Fillmore East Theatre, New York City Ny - late show 4.2, 084min, Sbd, A0D0, Cass M->Dat 0, 48k, Ampex C-90 Master Cass/no dolby->3800 x 0
Probably the missing 16 minutes on the circulating tape represents the beginning of the Dark Star.

adding Feedback and Bid You Goodnight, but alas missing a big chunk of the Dark Star
You can get this here.

Janis set that night is available

1,  Raise Your Hand 05:09
2 As Good As You've Been To This World 03:12
3 Maybe 03:51
4 Summertime 04:47
5 To Love Somebody 07:00
6 You're The Only One Who Really Knows 04:30
7 Walk Right In 04:21
8 Work Me Lord 09:15
9 Piece Of My Heart 05:57
10 Ball And Chain
Unfortunately this recording was the early show according to a youtuber.
This was the early show, the late show version of Ball and Chain was a lot longer, the late show went until the wee hours of the morning. It was almost 4 am when we left the Fillmore.

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