GRATEFUL DEAD Featuring NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE ‘ACOUSTIC DEAD’ (a WCF original, #6969) + ‘THE COWBOY’S DEAD!’ (?, 803)

2299 THE WHO – collector’s item -> this can now be found in updated form as part of this collector’s item label summary post

2235 JIM HENDRIX – ‘SCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY -> I was not able to find an image for this. If you have one, please leave a comment.

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Matrix: 6969 A/B (the included Donovan label was only included to show where the mirror image on the Dead label originated from)

The insert cover version above and the folder cover reissue from around 1974/5 below:

 

 

Source: Soundboard, recorded on 02 May, 1970 at Harpur College in Binghampton, NY, on half track 7½ ips analog tapes. “In a 1993 poll of Grateful Dead tape traders, the 5/2/70 show was ranked #6 on the list of all-time favorite Dead concert tapes.” The complete show, including the second and third sets (in mono) was officially released as Dick’s Picks Volume 8 in June of 1997 as a 3-CD set.

https://archive.org/details/gd1970-05-02.138227.sbd.miller.flac1648

 

Above: Other versions/later reissues:

  • Nepalese Productions / Har-Glo Records JCS-7001 version advertising the “Crateful Dead”
  • Black Gold Concerts was the new label name Berkeley Records used in the second half of the 1970’s (BG 6969)
  • (not shown) Version with “Karma City” labels
  • Side 1 of Ken’s SILENT DEAD – (smoking pig) TMOQ 73010 used four tracks from this date.

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More material from this date appeared on this title, shown here with all three slip sheet variations (black & red; orange and b&w):

Although the 803-A/B matrix looks like a WCF release not much else does. The insert design has none of the WCF-typical features and the record label has an inner ring, never seen with WCF pressings. On the other hand, there is also a gatefold reissue that does look very much like it may be part of their 1974 reissue series that placed an image or drawing of (one of) the artist(s) on the back panel.

If you know more about this release, please leave a comment.

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7 comments
  1. chris said:

    Hi guys. I didn´t know that Black & Gold was Berkley recs. Although lots of their titles were Berkley re-issues. This blog is pure culture !!!! So, it started as WCF, then became Berkley Recs and then Black & Gold. Is there a chance that later (1979-1980) they became Moon Child recs ??

    • I’ve looked at Moon Child Records. Why do you believe there might be a connection?

    • Karl said:

      WCF -> Berkeley (and others) -> Black Gold: yes, don’t think Moonchild is connected.

  2. chris said:

    well, the two color covers from Moon Child recs, seems to be one step ahead of the B/W Black & Gold covers. And Moon Child Recs came right after B&G stopped in !980/ 81. It´s more like a “feeling” than anything else. I might be wrong. But I had the same “feeling” when I got the first Rodan Res and Big Thumb Recs.releases. I looked at them I knew somehow they were Andrea Walters new labels.

    • Karl, my mentor and super bootleg vinyl collector, would have mentioned it if there was a connection.

  3. chris said:

    Well….my “feeling” was wrong then…but Moon Child Recs must have come from other label. I asked Ken on facebook and he said Moon Child didn´t have nothing to do with him.

    • I would not have expected that to be the case. Plenty of other bootleg outfits sprang up in the 2nd half of the 70’s and into the 80’s, despite the heat brought on by the FBI.

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