Saturday, December 15, 2007

Grateful Dead - 1965 to 1967 - Acid Tests



AS POSTED ON DIME HERE

Grateful Dead & Merry Pranksters
The Acid Test Reels
1965-1967

A chronological compilation of the Acid Test recordings listed in
The Grateful Dead Tapers Compendium Volume One.


DISC ONE: Fillmore Acid Test/Sound City Acid Test

The Fillmore Acid Test
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
January 8, 1966
1. Stage Chaos/More Power Rap
2. King Bee
3. I'm A Hog For You Baby
4. Caution: Do Not Step On Tracks >
5. Death Don't Have No Mercy
6. Star Spangled Banner / closing remarks

The Sound City Acid Test
363 6th Street, San Francisco, CA
January 29, 1966
7. Ken Kesey interviewed by Frank Fey
8. Ken Babbs and harmonica
9. Take Two: Ken Kesey
10. Bull
11. Peggy The Pistol
12. One-way Ticket
13. Bells And Fairies
14. Levitation
15. Trip X
16. The End

7-16 The Acid Test: A Sound City Production


DISC TWO: Pico Acid Test /S.F. State U Acid Test (pt.1)

The Pico Acid Test
Danish Center, Los Angeles, CA
March 12, 1966
1. Viola Lee Blues
2. You See A Broken Heart -Commercial Release (Deleted)
3. In The Midnight Hour

The San Francisco State Acid Test
Whatever It Is Festival
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Stereo Control Room Master (rec. 4:00AM - 6:00AM)
October 2, 1966
4. The Head Has Become Fat Rap
5. A Mexican Story: 25 Bennies
6. A Tarnished Galahad
7. Get It Off The Ground Rap >
8. It's Good To Be God Rap >
9. Nirvana Army Rap >
10. The Butcher Is Back
11. Acid Test Graduation Announcement
12. Send Me To The Moon >Closing Rap

Credits on 10/2/66:
Voices: Ken Kesey and Hugh Romney
Guitar: Ken Kesey
Violin: Dale Kesey
Organ: Jerry Garcia
Engineering: Steve Newman, Ken Kesey, Mountain Girl


DISC THREE: S.F. State U Acid Test (pt. 2)/Graduation Jam

The San Francisco State Acid Test
Whatever It Is Festival
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
October 2, 1966
1. Ken Kesey's dialogue (isolated remix)

Merry Prankster Sound Collage Sequences
October 2, 1966
2. Prankster Music/Sound Collage #1(sequence 1)
3. Kesey Rap > Prankster Music/Sound Collage #2 (sequence 2)
4. Prankster Sound Collage #3 > Prankster Raga(sequence 3)
Prankster Recordings broadcast over the P.A.

End of Whatever It Is Festival
October 2, 1966
5. Closing Jam
6. Prankster Electronics

Acid Test Graduation Jam
Winterland, San Francisco, CA
October 31, 1966
7. Jam Session (musicians unknown)
from The World Of Acid film soundtrack


Disc Four: Related Recordings

Neal Cassady & The Warlocks 1965
1. Speed Limit
studio recording/Prankster production tape circa late 1965
Straight Theater, Haight Street, San Francisco, CA July 23, 1967
2. Neal Cassady Raps (backed by The Dead)
recording released as a flexi-disc in the 1st printing of The Dead Book

Acid Tests Production Reel
3. Jerry Garcia commentary with Acid Test audio
710 Haight Street House, San Francisco, CA summer 1967
4. - 6. Jerry Garcia
one hour interview about music, drugs, politics and social changes circa
1967


Disc Five: Supplementary CD#1 [74:04]
The Watts Acid Test February 12, 1966
Youth Opportunities Center, Compton, CA

01. Who Cares Rap (Pigpen, Weir, etc.) [6:08}


The Pico Acid Test March 12, 1966 (EXPANDED VERSION)
Danish Center, Los Angeles, CA

02. Viola Lee Blues [11:54]
03. One Kind Favor [4:19]
04. I Know You Rider [2:41]
05. You See A Broken Heart [3:18]
06. It's A Sin [4:47]
07. Beat It On Down The Line [4:06]
08. Heads Up [6:17]
09. Next Time You See Me [5:04]
10. unknown blues instrumental[8:15] - might be Death Don?t also (Tony Middleton)???
11. Death Don't Have No Mercy [6:03]
12. Midnight Hour [11:06]
Notes:
The 8th song, previously notated as "unknown instrumental" on Deadlists, is a cover of Freddy King's "Heads Up." The 9th tune, previously listed as "The Same Thing (instrumental)," is definitely NOT that song. Although it is a
standard blues and sounds similar at the beginning, closer listening makes it pretty obvious that it is an entirely different song, title unknown. The Viola Lee Blues on this expanded version is a different version than on the
previous three song version of Pico Acid Test. This is an ongoing mystery, although it should be said that both versions are worth having.



Disc Six: [41:56]
Supplementary CD#2 - San Francisco State Acid Test (alternate version)
"Whatever It Is" Festival October 2, 1966
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Stereo Control Room Master (rec. 4:00AM - 6:00AM)
Source(s) unknown, this has different lineage, and some different edits to the "intact" version. Specifically some contemorary (Tomorrow show '81?) interviews are spliced in, and the sound collages towards the end are presented in a different sequence.

01. Jerry Garcia intro 0:20
02. A Mexican Story: 25 Bennies 3:41
03. Get It Off The Ground Rap 9:32
04. It's Good To Be God Rap 2:40
05. Nirvana Army Rap 0:52
06. The Butcher Is Back 3:14
07. Acid Test Graduation Announcement 1:29
08. Send Me To The Moon 1:22
09. Jerry Garcia interview 0:40
10. Sound Collage 3:43
11. Ken Kesey Interview 0:22
12. Sound Collage #2 9:58
13. Jerry Garcia Interview 0:19
14. Music / Sound Collage #1 2:14
15. Ken Kesey Interview 0:15
16. Sound Collage 1:15



compilation and package by Alan Bershaw
shn discs by TaW
Note 1: I split the 1h Jerry interview on disc 4 into 3 smaller pieces (a-c).
Note 2: The shn-tracks for audio disc 4 are split between shn-discs 2 and 3!


NOTE: DISK 2 WAS REMOVED DUE TO IT'S COMMERCIAL RELEASE.