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Two From The Vault  Two_From_The_Vault_Grateful_Dead

August 24, 1968 

Shrine Aud. ~ Los Angeles, CA

 
 
 
 
 
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Two From The Vault review

The Grateful Dead’s Two From the Vault is the first live release from 1968 to leave their vault commercially. It is the complete concert from their August 24, 1968, performance at the Shrine Exhibit Hall in Los Angeles, CA.  

Two From the Vault includes outstanding renditions of their originals as well as a few cover versions throughout the two discs.  The first begins with a blues number and not a five-minute “Little Red Rooster,” but a fourteen plus minute Pig Pen led “Good Morning Little School Girl.”   The “Dark Star” > “St. Stephen” > “Eleven” isn’t as mature as the Live Dead version, rather we get a preview of what would be the centerpiece of their concerts for many years. 

My personal favorite part of this CD is the rendition of  “New Potato Caboose.” This is the first live version released and it is given a stunning treatment.  I haven’t heard a better one yet, and I would go as far as calling this a definitive version. 

If you like the psychedelic Grateful Dead of the late 1960's Two From the Vault is a must have. by Barry Small © 
Grade  B +

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Disc 1  

1. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (Williamson) - 15:59
2. Dark Star (Garcia /Hart/Hunter/Lesh/McKernan/Weir) - 11:20
3. St. Stephen (Garcia /Hunter/Lesh) - 4:40
4. The Eleven (Hunter/Lesh) - 14:27
5. Death Don't Have No Mercy (Davis) - 8:23

Disc 2

1. That's It for the Other One
    (Garcia/Hart/Kreutzmann/Lesh/ McKernan/ Weir) - 15:40
2. New Potato Caboose (Lesh/Petersen) - 14:16
3. Turn on Your Love Light (Malone/Scott) - 17:13
4. Morning Dew (Dobson/Rose) - 7:13

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - keyboard, vocals, harmonica
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Mickey Hart - percussion

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Released May 1992
From eight track multi source master tape.
Tape Archivist - Dick Latvala
Label - Grateful Dead Records
Liner Notes include a memory of Pigpen - Harper Barnes, The Real Press, 4/4/73, and some recording information by Dan Healy.