Today In Grateful Dead History: December 21, 1968 – Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA

skeleton&rosesThis is going to be a short review of a short show that has a little bit of everything for everyone.  Do you like your Pigpen rave ups?  The show starts with Turn on Your Lovelight.  How about your psychedelic late sixties Dead experience?  There’s an epic The Other One.

But the bar-none highlight of this whole little affair is Alligator>Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks), which rips down that sonic highway with pure 1968 power.  This is the real deal, folks, and worth the price of admission.

After all that, you need a palate cleanser, which the Dead provide with a nice, long And We Bid You Goodnight that ends with Bob Weir leading a sing-along with the crowd.

This show rewards multiple listens, which you’ll be able to do since it’s only about an hour long.  Enjoy the soundboard here:  https://archive.org/details/gd1968-12-21.sbd.miller.89718.sbeok.flac16

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