On Monday I started with Detroit’s Bob Seger’s rendition.
Bobby Bland got first strike with this song, but never did he do it like the Grateful Dead who got second strike in 1966. And certainly not what turned out to be the jam of a historical proportion with members of The Allman Brothers Band & Fleetwood Mack joining them on stage.
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.