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& Dark Star & Grateful Dead &

From Live Dead (1969).

Lately I’ve really been getting into this cut for the long commutes, and hit the back button for it a lot for replay. There are depths and layers to this thing. It’s a very, very long jam. But one of the very, very best of the very, very long jams.

Jerry Garcia (lead guitar), Mickey Hart (drums, percussion), Bill Kreutzmann (drums, percussion), Phil Lesh (bass), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (organ?), and Bob Weir (guitar). Lyrics by Robert Hunter. Now, some Deadhead please help me out here. Is it Jerry Garcia doing the lead vocals, and who is actually playing the organ? The material out there is kinda unclear on the exact personnel for this cut.

2 responses to “& Dark Star & Grateful Dead &

  1. Twenty-three minutes? You listened to it multiple times in one trip. Exactly how long is your commute!

  2. wdydfae

    Hey, Fannie! Commute is about 35-40 minutes each way. I like driving so it’s no biggee, but it’s the reason for building up a music collection.

    Actually, it’s complicated, and not coincidentally, probably boring . . . but, this CD has been stuck in the car for about a week, and it might start in the middle when I start driving. Actually this song segues into St. Stephen which is also a great listen, so the two together are enough to cover the commute pretty much, but the songs after that I usually just skip and go back to Dark Star, at any given point in a drive.

    See! I told you! Boring!

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