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Friday At The Fillmore ~ Dark Star ~ Grateful Dead

Written by Robert Hunter – Lyrics and Composed by Jerry Garcia

Recorded on Feb. 27, 1969 Fillmore West

Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
Tom Constanten – keyboards
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan – keyboards, vocals, harmonica, percussion
Phil Lesh – bass guitar, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann – drums
Mickey Hart – drums

Dark Star was originally released as a 2:40 single in 1968. On the other hand doing it live it seemed their devouted fans couldn’t get enough of it. Thus all of the members received composition credits. Both Live/Dead released in 1969 & Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings (released in 2005) featured the same version of the song.

It masters their early work of pioneering psychedelic rockers but also blending into the mix jazz and total musical improvisation. At times you didn’t know where it started, was going or if or how it was to end. Nevertheless it seem to come out as a flawless blend of bliss.

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Friday At The Fillmore ~ Mendelbaum ~ Every Day & Every Night

Sadly this hot Wisconsin band when they were known as “The Mendelbaum Blues Band” for whatever reason would become the lesser known band of “Mendelbaum” in San Francisco.

Certainly not ignored by the likes of masses in San Fran like Bill Graham and the followers of their music but unfortunately record labels were not among them.

They cut a demo album for Warner Brothers in 1970 but it never got released. This session from that Demo along with two live concerts that took place at The Matrix & The Fillmore West in 1969 is what would become a two disc set. Disc 1 – Studio, Disc 2 – Live. Finally released in 2003.

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Friday At The Fillmore ~ The Byrds

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Friday At The Fillmore ~ Magic Bus ~ The Who

The first North American 1969 Tour (six weeks) actually kicked off at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom in May ending with one of two shows at The Fillmore West on June 19. It was to promote their “Tommy” album.

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Friday At The Fillmore ~ Chicago Transit Authority ~ South California Purples

Written by Robert Lamm.

Performed & Recorded Aug. 17, 1969 at the Fillmore West.

Peter Cetera – bass, vocals
Terry Kath – guitar, vocals
Robert Lamm – keyboard, vocals
Lee Loughnane – trumpet, vocals
James Pankow – trombone
Walter Parazaider – woodwinds, vocals
Danny Seraphine – drums

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