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Published: 2009/03/24

Another Grateful Dead Road Trip

The next volume in the Grateful Deads Road Trips the first installment in the new series to document a complete show. Road Trips Vol 2, No.2: Carousel Ballroom – February 14, 1968 captures The Dead on an early show at San Franciscos famed Carousel Ballroom with Country Joe & the Fish. A longtime favorite gig of Phil Lesh in particular, the show found The Dead trying out new Robert Hunter originals like Alligator, China Cat Sunflower, Dark Star and The Eleven.

According to the band, Because the Valentines Day dance was a hometown show, on the radio and also being recorded for possible use on the Deads then-in-progress second album, Anthem of the Sun, soundman Dan Healy captured the music on an 8-track tape machine, and this Road Trips set marks the first time that those 8-tracks have been completely, properly mixed downby ol reliable, Jeffrey Norman, of courseand released (aside from a few short missing passages on the multitrack masters, which are included from another source).
Road Trips Vol 2, No.2: Carousel Ballroom – February 14, 1968 also includes some bonus tunes from the Grateful Deads 1968 Northwest Tour with Quicksilver Messenger Service, including Beat It on Down the Line and Viola Lee Blues.

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