MICKEY HART - LOST ALBUMS

June 23, 2012 – 4:25 am

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MICKEY HART AND THE MARIN COUNTY COLLECTIVE
Novato 1972, 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Sessions at Mickey’s Barn, Novato, CA; 1972,1973. Excellent master stereo soundboard.

Area Code 415, by Mickey Hart (during a hiatus from Grateful Dead) And The Marin County Collective, was recorded in 1972 and 1973 at Mickey Hart’s ranch in Novato, but never released. It often circulates with tracks from Mickey Hart’s unreleased solo album Fire On The Mountain.

As for Fire On The Mountain, here is an explanation from Dennis McNally, author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead, at clearlight.com:

Mickey had gotten a three-record deal from Joe Smith, and Rolling Thunder gave him the means to improve the barn’s equipment… This gave Mickey a chance to step much, much further out on the edge. His next album, Fire On The Mountain, began with the song of that name, and then moved into Hartian (as in Martian) percussion/electronica space. One piece, “Marshmallow Road,” was written by Mickey and Barry Melton in Hart’s mother’s home in Sunrise City, Florida. Their means of inspiration was to lock themselves in a room with eight or ten cartons of marshmallows. After two days the LSD, the Florida heat, and the marshmallows combined into a nasty goo, and they fled the room and jumped into the nearest swimming pool. In Joe Smith’s opinion, the album was as gooey as the Marshmallow Road, and he rejected it.

Thanks to 38f, lolita and ckyhim1990 for sharing the tracks over the years.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Area Code 415 sessions
Track 01. Fire On The Mountain (5.3MB)
Track 02. Ghost Riders In The Sky (5.4MB)
Track 03. It Makes Me Feel Mad #1 (3.8MB)
Track 04. You Know I Will (5.7MB)
Track 05. Is Anyone There (6.5MB)
Track 06. Night Of The Vampire (4.8MB)
Track 07. It Makes Me Feel Mad #2 (3.8MB)

Fire On The Mountain sessions
Track 08. Fire On The Mountain (8.3MB)
Track 09. Speed Racer (3.1MB)
Track 10. Untitled (2.6MB)
Track 11. Fear And Loathing (5.9MB)
Track 12. Checker Man (4.0MB)
Track 13. Marshmallow Road (6.3MB)
Track 14. Fear (7.9MB)
Track 15. Ariel (11.9MB)

Lineup:
1. melton, garcia, hart, freiberg
2. cipollina, hart, freiberg, jim mcpherson
3. kathy mcdonald, mcpherson, steve schuster
4. kathy mcdonald, mcpherson, steve schuster
5. freiberg, hart, mcpherson, mcdonald
6. melton, lesh, hunter, hart
7. melton, garcia, hart, freiberg
8. melton, garcia, hart, freiberg
9. melton, hart, lesh, schuster, bill champlin
10. garcia & hart at the palace of fine arts
11. ali abkar khan, ali raka, garcia, hart
12. hart, rob stokes, lesh, melton, freiberg, hunter
13. hart, melton, bloomfield, la flamme
14. lagin, lesh, cipollina
15. melton, hart, lesh, stokes, garcia, freiberg

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  1. 14 Responses to “MICKEY HART - LOST ALBUMS”

  2. “what a long strange trip it has been” (to quote a phrase)

    By Adam Dean on Jun 23, 2012

  3. I’d never heard this, or of this, project before. I’ll have to d/l this and give it a listen. Interesting! Here I thought I knew pretty much everything about the Dead. More GD/GD related stuff, please! Thanks BigO!

    By Shaun on Jun 23, 2012

  4. I’d heard Marshmallow Road on Barry’s “Fish” album. I heard it on some outtakes from the same album. I’ve heard live versions of the song. But the version offered here is the most bizarre of them all. And not until now did I know the story behind the song. Now I’ll go back and listen to the rest of the album. I recently got a copy of Rolling Thunder to finally replace my 8-track tape.

    Thanks for this one BigO!

    By sking on Jun 23, 2012

  5. Great Thanks for this Download bigO Friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Udo on Jun 23, 2012

  6. who is doing the vocal on “Ghost Riders in the Sky”

    By sluggo on Jun 23, 2012

  7. Great googah moolah!

    By Timmy on Jun 23, 2012

  8. Sluggo, Just a guess but Jim McPherson was a vocalist in Copperhead.

    Also- that’s Hunter singing on #’s 1,5 & 8.
    I hear Chip’s guitar with Melton’s on Checker Man and Melton is singing on Fear.

    Speed Racer is an early version of the song that later came out on Barry’s Fish album.
    Is Anyone There is- I Heard You Singing from Rum Runners.
    It Makes Me Mad #’s 1 & 2 became Mad on Rum Runners.
    And Ariel was later on Tiger Rose.

    And any song with a female singer uncredited must be Kathy McDonald.

    By sking on Jun 24, 2012

  9. Awesome craziness!
    Thanks!

    By YogaforCynics on Jun 24, 2012

  10. This is some awesome craziness!
    Thanks!

    By YogaforCynics on Jun 24, 2012

  11. Actually, I saw an interview with Hunter some years ago, in which he was asked about “his” vocal on “Fire on the Mountain.” He said it was actually Mickey singing like him…

    By YogaforCynics on Jun 24, 2012

  12. nice!

    I-)

    By I-) on Jun 26, 2012

  13. I FOLLOWED THE DEAD AROUND FOR MANY YEARS.
    I USED TO DRIVE THE FOOD TRUCK.
    I HAVE MANY TAPES FROM IMPROMPTU JAMS HELD BEHIND THE KITCHEN TENT.

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 28, 2012

  14. Sarge, I’ll bite … please drop me a line!

    By jgmf on Jul 8, 2012

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