The (Kind Of) Complete Woodstock: The Grateful Dead

The Dead’s Saturday night set is long and noodly, which I reckon is what Deadheads like.

I’ve always heard that the band didn’t think too much of it, though, and that’s why the Grateful Dead didn’t make the original Woodstock album or movie.

Regardless, the Dead’s complete set is available on a few bootlegs.  The best I’ve found is Grateful Dead: 1969-08-16 Woodstock, Bethel, NY (Warlock Stock).  Here are a couple of non-bootleg options:

1. St. Stephen
2. Mama Tried (Youtube)
3. Dark Star (Woodstock: 40 Years on: Back to Yasgur’s Farm (CD))
4. High Time
5. Turn On Your Lovelight (Woodstock: The Director’s Cut Ultimate Collector’s Edition (DVD))

Your official Woodstock soundtrack song count to date: 74

Next week: Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Update: On August 2, 2019, Rhino Records released Woodstock – Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive and changed the game forever. With exception to two Hendrix tracks and one Sha Na Na cut, the massive box set contains complete sets from every Woodstock artist—even those long believed lost or never recorded.

Here is the Dead‘s set as it appears on the Back to the Garden archive, including announcements, etc.:

1. Ken Babbs, Chip Monck, et. al. – “It’s the ninth wave”
4. Ken Babbs, Country Joe McDonald, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Owsley Stanley, et. al. – “All us people from the Bay Area, we’re real LSD freaks!”
8. Ken Babbs & Chip Monck – “This is Richie and he’s lost his chick”

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  1. I have found listening to The Dead to be remarkably like taking drugs; a meandering, confused, misguided waste of time.


    • I will say this for the Grateful Dead: their graphics were unquestionably among the best. I wore a “Blues For Allah” pin in the middle of my punk and new wave bands just because the art was so cool.


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