Dead Mines Famed '69 Fillmore Stand

A legendary 1969 four-night Grateful Dead stand at San Francisco's Fillmore West already produced an iconic album in the form of that year's two-LP Warner Bros. set "Live/Dead."

A legendary 1969 four-night Grateful Dead stand at San Francisco's Fillmore West already produced an iconic album in the form of that year's two-LP Warner Bros. set "Live/Dead." Now, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the band, all of the music the Dead played at those shows is being officially released for the first time.

A limited-edition 10-disc box set collecting the entirety of the Feb. 27-March 2 run will be released in mid-October via the band's official Dead.net Web site. Unfortunately, the top-notch collectable has completely sold out through advance orders and there are no plans to make it available again.

Those not lucky enough to score the box will find solace in a three-disc compilation of previously unreleased recordings from those shows. Due Nov. 1 from Rhino, "Fillmore West 1969" collects material from each night that was not included on the original "Live/Dead" release.

One song from the first night, "Cosmic Charlie," is included, with the rest of its disc one compatriots coming from Feb. 28: "Morning Dew," ""Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," "Doin' That Rag," "I'm a King Bee" and "Turn on Your Lovelight."

The second disc opens with two songs from March 1 -- "Dupree's Diamond Blues" and "Mountains of the Moon" -- and closes out with "Dark Star," "St. Stephen," "The Eleven" and "Death Don't Have No Mercy," all from Feb. 28.

Disc three does not mix material from several nights. It sticks to the final show, but fudges the order in which "That's It for the Other One," "Alligator," "Drums," "Jam," "Caution (Do Not Stop on the Tracks)," "Feedback" and "We Bid You Goodnight" were played.

In other news, on Oct. 24, Free Press will publish "The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics." The 480-page tome was compiled by David Dodd, the founder of a Web site of the same name, and co-editor of "The Grateful Dead Reader" and "The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads: An Annotated Biography."

The book features original lyrics, explanations and analysis of the songs of Robert Hunter and John Barlow, who penned the lion's share of the words the Dead recorded and performed. Also included are selected traditional and cover songs the band frequently made its own. Hunter contributes to the book's forward.