Today in Grateful Dead History: May 18, 1968 – County Fairgrounds, Santa Clara, CA

skeleton&rosesNOTE: This material was originally published in 2015 on my previous site. It has been updated and edited, sometimes heavily, and was posted in several batches in August, 2016.

This show is a very short blast of 1968 Dead at full throttle: Alligator>Drums>Alligator>Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)>Feedback. When you need a 40 minute, high tempo, screeching fix, this is what you should reach for. (It also contains a very well-rendered Mountain Jam, so if you’re searching for one of the sources of the Allman Brothers’ song of the same name, look no further).

This show was taped by Jefferson Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen either on or right next to the stage and the sound quality is not great. In fact, it’s pretty crummy and you can hardly hear the vocals at all. So why post it? I’ll let the Grateful Dead Listening Guide explain it for me. Enjoy.

Here’s the link to the audience recording: https://archive.org/details/gd1968-05-18.aud.jorma.gmb.sbeok.94591.flac16

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