January 14, 2013 – 4:39 am

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The Great ’60s Ball 1986 [no label, 3CD]

Live at The Saint (formerly Fillmore East), New York City, NY; May 29, 1986. Very good to excellent soundboard (Jerry Moore’s copy).

Thanks to Rob Berger for sharing these tracks at Lossless Legs.

This is what Elizabeth Mehren wrote of the show at the Los Angeles Times:

Mesmerized in front of huge screens flashing film clips of Woodstock, the Vietnam War, J.F.K.’s White House and Dean Rusk’s State Department, they wore headbands (not the kind from Jane Fonda’s Workout), miniskirts, T-shirts, non-designer jeans and Give Peace a Chance buttons. Many wore tie-dyed shirts or pants, a phenomenon remarkable mainly because they had purchased these garments, not whipped them up in the bathtub. On the other hand, many of these nouveau tie-dyed creatures were barely out of diapers when their 1960s ancestors were ruining sinks with packages of neon-hued coloring agents…

[A] “family reunion” was what the Rev. Jesse Jackson likened the evening to. Arriving with all the fanfare and crowd adulation of a celebrated rock star, the former presidential candidate greeted old pal Hoffman with warm embraces and a salute to the virtues of “friendship born out of struggle.” Looking back on that era, “it was a mixture of sweat and blood that made things happen,” Jackson said. Now, he said, “our challenge is to put on this generation an agenda of substance”…

Moments earlier, a thousand or so people had been gyrating while Sainte-Marie sang in a laser-lit, planetarium-roofed dance area. Country Joe McDonald was preparing to perform, and after that, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir played “Blowin’ in the Wind” with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. The Chambers Brothers had appeared, and Stokely Carmichael - now known as Kwame Ture - was in the audience. Sometime after 1:30 in the morning, Yoko Ono floated in and mingled with the crowd. Did it feel like the ’60s? Sainte-Marie smiled.

Click here for the full article.

Rob Berger’s notes:

Sound check is more complete than circulating sources, unsure as to what the original master was recorded on… As per Jerry Moore (written on cassette with marker): “The Saint, as you may know, once was the Fillmore East which does make this somehow appropriate. It’s now mostly a gay disco, though they have a hetero night.”

sbd 1st gen cassette (Jerry Moore’s copy)

sbd > master > cassette (1st gen copied: nak bx-2 > sony d5, maxell mx-90, dolby b)
nak dragon/b > tascam hd-p2 24/96 > pc > cd wave > adobe audition 2.0 > flac

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Disc 1 - Bob Weir And Friends (soundcheck)
Track 101. Festival (6.6MB)
Track 102. This Time Forever (3.1MB)
Track 103. City Girls (3.6MB)
Track 104. My Blue Tears (3.0MB)
Track 105. My Blue Tears (3.2MB)
Track 106. My Blue Tears (2.8MB)
Track 107. Walkin’ Blues (2.9MB)
Track 108. Easy To Slip (7.3MB)
Track 109. Easy To Slip (5.5MB)
Track 110. Spoonful (3.6MB)
Track 111. Winners (2.9MB)
Track 112. Hey Jude (1.8MB)
Track 113. Desolation Row (8.0MB)
Track 114. Blackbird (684k)

Disc 2 - Bob Weir And Friends
Track 201. Intro - Abbie Hoffman (2.6MB)
Track 202. Festival (8.2MB)
Track 203. City Girls (7.4MB)
Track 204. My Blue Tears (3.5MB)
Track 205. This Time Forever (7.2MB)
Track 206. Desolation Row (16.6MB)
Track 207. Youngblood (5.6MB)
Track 208. Spoonful (6.8MB)
Track 209. Winners (8.1MB)
Track 210. Easy To Slip (10.1MB)
Track 211. Victim Or The Crime (5.7MB)
Track 212. Throwing Stones (16.4MB)
Track 213. Baby What You Want Me To Do (9.5MB)
Track 214. Blowin’ In The Wind (7.3MB)

Matthew Kelly
Barry Flast
Steve Kimock
Jorma Kaukonen
Anna Rizzo
Peter Yarrow

Disc 3
Buffy St. Marie - sound check
Track 301. Until It’s Time To Go (3.9MB)
Track 302. Universal Soldier (5.4MB)
Track 303. Now That The Buffalo’s Gone These Ones (5.2MB)
Track 304. Starwalker (4.2MB)
Track 305. Until It’s Time To Go (in French) (4.9MB)

Buffy St. Marie
Track 306. Universal Soldier (5.9MB)
Track 307. Until It’s Time To Go (6.2MB)
Track 308. Cripple Creek (5.3MB)
Track 309. What Little Kids Do (5.6MB)
Track 310. These Ones (5.5MB)
Track 311. announcements (5.0MB)

Country Joe McDonald
Track 312. Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine (7.6MB)
Track 313. Tricky Dicky (16.1MB)
Track 314. Fuck Cheer (446k)
Track 315. Fixin’ To Die Rag (6.4MB)
Track 316. Go Go Johnny Rambo (5.1MB)
Track 317. Save The Whales (8.7MB)

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  1. 36 Responses to “VARIOUS - THE GREAT ’60s BALL, NEW YORK 1986”

  2. the saint was the former fillmore east, now apartments.


    By I-) on Jan 14, 2013

  3. Excellente audio sound quality. Thanx so much for this treasure. Never heard about it!

    By Timmy on Jan 14, 2013

  4. Any chance of getting the Chambers Bros from this event?

    By Timmy on Jan 14, 2013

  5. Nice Post. In March of 1986 Bob Weir began doing a series of shows that often began with Weir solo acoustic, then a set with Kingfish (with or without Weir). If Kingfish played the first set without Weir, he almost always played the 2nd set with them. I note that aside from Peter Yarrow and Jorma Kaukonen, Weir’s friends for his set are all from the 1986 lineup of Kingfish.

    By Mike Cummings on Jan 14, 2013

  6. i got backstage to this and got a pic of me and bob together finally. he was wearing a sky blue polo shirt. he was high as a kite. it was the first time i had been able to get a pic of him with me in the pic.
    a few months after this event happened there was an iron butterfly concert there. the posters advertising that event were gorgeous. i got a tshirt that nite. the light show was superb. i couldnt understand why so many ppl seemed to be not paying attention to the show tho. i think they over sold the event. i dont remember too many other events happening there after that.

    By darth on Jan 15, 2013

  7. Great sound! What did on Dead-Head say to the other when they both ran out of Drugs & Booze??? This band sucks, let’s get out of here. Thank You for the Great Tunes as usual. I went to 355 Dead shows and when Garcia died I sobered up got a life & got off the bus…….Smiles!

    By S J Yeaton on Jan 15, 2013

  8. Darth any chance you could somehow show us the picture of you and Bob Weir as I collect dead photos.

    By Skjellyfetti on Jan 15, 2013

  9. Yes, Darth, please post that photo. It sounds awesome.

    By Cosmic Charlie on Jan 15, 2013

  10. and darth, dont forget to tell us the name your alleged harasser uses here when hes your friend.

    By barth on Jan 15, 2013

  11. photos? who`s got photos ?

    By wavee gravee on Jan 15, 2013

  12. shoop shop shimmy ko bop a loppa photo?

    By hatti malatee on Jan 15, 2013


    By Big Shirtless Steve on Jan 16, 2013


    By DROPKICK DARTH on Jan 17, 2013

  15. In case there are sticklers out there or simply people who want things “right”, song 303 is not called “These Ones”. It’s called “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone”

    By RYM Rules on Jan 18, 2013

  16. Hello RYM Rules

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 19, 2013

  17. if i ever get my work out of a storage space that i have had everything i own in since july of 2002 i will start to scan them. i have 401 such pics of me with music film and tv stars. i didnt really do that much of that unless i had a particular friend with me or i trusted someone i had around to hold my camera. ud be surprised that people very often dont know how to take a picture and keep in mind that i used the old kind of cameras that used film. i have never used a digital camera. i took 2-3 pics of bob backstage as i didnt want to bother him too much and one pic with him. i dont recall what im wearing in the pic but i distinctly remember him wearing a sort of sky blue polo shirt with a collar. the guy who got me in warned me that he might be a little out of sorts. i asked why? and he mentioned to me that he had been doing up a hell of a lot of blow. i noticed a very odd facial movement bob was doing that doing while i was hanging around the backstage area and i attribute it to this. ive never seen him act quite like that before or since. it was one of many occasions where i met him but that was i think the only time i got a pic of me with him.
    i had gotten a pic of me with jerry once but the film was in the camera when the camera had been stolen from my apt. i had told jerry about this a year or two later and he said no problem and let me get another pic of him with me. usually i was more interested in taking pics of the people i shot. not so much with them. one day with bigo’s permission when i get my shit out of storage and scanned and so on.. i will hopefully offer a link to some pics i have that i took from 1980 to 95. im sorry i cant offer any of them now. the only ones i have now are one of me with gene simmons from 84 and one of me that was with charlie musselwhite from phila june 93 or 4 but i cropped him out cuz i only needed a pic of myself and most people dont know who charlie is. incidentally hes on tuesdays leno with ben harper.
    all told i have about 156000 pics that i took of famous people off stage and some on stage too. mostly in nyc but also some in la ca and sf ca and phila pa etc.

    By darth on Jan 20, 2013

  18. Darth,

    Would love to trade some NYC shows 70’s - 90’s era…..You seem to be a lover of live music…

    Let me know…


    By Kdog on Jan 21, 2013

  19. with the amount of crap i have had with the idiots on here u have to understand why i couldnt risk trusting someone from here even if u were on the up n up with my info. plus theres nearly nothing u cant get nowadays online via downloading without trading. normally id be all for trading and i actually do some in other forums with some people but because of the crap that i have had to deal with here i dont know who i can trust and who i cant. most of my stuff i had prior to 02 is gone. i had to start over again in 04. and i did pretty damned good. i have the majority of my collection on cds and hard drives. of course this makes it easy to copy. no one is on this site unless they love live music tho. and many of the ppl here have shared links to other sites where u can dl anything u would want. there are many 100s of 1000s of rare live performances and demos alternates rehearsals outtakes etc. that are out there for the dl’ing. trading via us mail is costly and time consuming. trips to the post office etc. surely u would rather dl than spend money trading yourself. if u could have something in a matter of minutes why deal with the above? even if u are totally on the level and of course u could be.. its just way easier to use the web to get things. and logistically safer too. if there is anything i can help u locate that u are looking for.. please ask. if i cant help i know others here will.

    By darth on Jan 21, 2013

  20. “with the amount of crap i have had with the idiots on here”

    Well darth, if you had a more positive demeanor, things would probably be more pleasant for you here. Your attitude seems to be improving, scanning your film and getting your photos online would be a great help in getting you out of the shame spiral you’re mired in. Positive actions are much better than positive thinking! Good luck moving forward, darth!

    By Earl Hickey on Jan 21, 2013

  21. with the amount of crap i have had with the idiots on here
    because of the crap that i have had to deal with here

    its never your fault though is it.
    Just the fact that you took a couple days off and come back calling people idiots , unprovoked , shows us who the real IDIOT is.

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 21, 2013

  22. earl.. its not my job to do that. i dont owe anyone pics of my work. i dont have to buy friends nor prove myself to people. i have explained the situation repeatedly. i am not in any shame here. u are sorely mistaken. i dont know why u think the way u do here. u are greatly misinformed. i suffer no shame. i have no problem moving forward. what i do with my photos is my business and the purpose of putting them online wouldnt be to prove they exist to anyone here. the main purpose would be to profit with them. a site with the ones i have taken would be the essence of the majority of the purpose of the site. the main front page would be images of me with the people i have gotten those with. of course as i mentioned there are only 401 of those. wendy o williams was the first as i recall. i have 4 diff ones with clapton. the one i have no clue why i did it is maxwell. i even have luther allison and david lindley and dennis hopper and peter fonda. keith richards and ron wood in one pic. all of emerson lake and powell in one pic. these in pics with me that is. but again the important thing is the pics that i took.. not the ones that im in.
    my posting where i called people in general idiots is accurate. look at yourself. look at the shit u post. look at how u use other peoples id’s to comment on here. it isnt unprovoked either. it was a direct response to a posting where my name was mentioned and a comment made about me. and i was referring specifically to those who have proven themselves to be idiots over the last year or two. u included. even when its really u and when it is some idiot using the name and it isnt u.
    so no.. it isnt my fault. if people bully me and attack and harass me. provoke and instigate ridiculous arguments with me.. then no its not my fault. thats right. i dont spend a lot of time on this site. if i have nothing else to do i check the site and if i happen to see that there is something i wish to respond to.. i will. i dont sit on the edge of my seat waiting to respond to u idiots the way u do to my postings. thats the difference between u and me. there wasnt anything important to respond to for a couple of days so i didnt. when i did comment.. there was a reason to. this isnt rocket science. i know youre not that bright but even u can figure this out. cant u? why cant u use your own name? what are u afraid of?
    the reason i used the word idiots in my explanation to those asking for trades was not to necessarily refer to anyone specifically altho they know who they are.. it was to give those people asking for a reason for my decision to not offer him a means to trade cds with him. it isnt to insult anyone in particular. interesting that u took my words to heart tho. that in and of itself speaks volumes.

    By darth on Jan 21, 2013

  23. darth, like I said before, you SELL your photos, you don’t give them away! Having them online is part of your marketing, dude! Hope your karma gets better soon!

    By Earl Hickey on Jan 21, 2013

  24. i dont spend a lot of time on this site.

    only when you compose your four page letters right?

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 21, 2013

  25. darth you have got to learn to accept responsibility at least once in your life.
    you`ll never move on until you do.
    You seem to be under the false impression that you create no “ill will” and are constantly abused.
    I have been a reader here since day one and none of this bickering ever began until you appeared.don`t believe me? check for yourself.
    take responsibility, get over it and move on there are many good folks here you might just find that you would enjoy being “friends” with them if you just dropped the woe is me bullshit.

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 21, 2013

  26. earl - selling them vs giving them away isnt the subject of what we were discussing. whats wrong with u? u need to seriously work on that reading comprehension dude. and my karma is fine.

    idiot - i dont have to accept responsiblity for the stupid things u do. as for once in my life.. u dont know me that long. im pretty sure u havent been here as long as the site has. im not looking to move on as u say. im fine with where i am. your claims about my false impressions arent accurate. i had no problems with any of u idiots for years. this crap just started recently. i have been here for nearly 9 yrs. i didnt just appear recently. i have been posting here for a long time. its not til some morons decided to attack me that the problems started. u are being selective. feel free to check for yourself. theres nothing for me to take responsibility for. however feel free to follow your own advice. i dont need to get over it either. im fine. i wont be moving on either. i dont deny there are many good folks here. u arent one of them. i have met quite a few on here. each time one of them posts in my defense u accuse them of being me. i dont do any woe is me bullshit. i merely point out the facts. why cant u find something else to talk about than me? why am i the topic of your postings? this site isnt about me. if i post and mention something about myself in one of my postings thats my right. none of your postings should have anything whatsoever to do with me. without exception. get a life.

    By darth on Jan 22, 2013

  27. “whats wrong with u?”

    Absolutely nothing darth, but sometimes you have to think about “i”. As in… what am “i” doing to realign my karma and be a human DOING, not a human being! I hope that’s not too complicated, since you misunderstood my remarks and somehow got the wrong impression that I told you to give away your photos, when I already gave you an action plan to sell them just a few short days ago. Hey, but that’s OK darth, no offense taken here! Maybe you just need a checkup from the neck up, bro! U have fun with those positive actions!

    By Earl Hickey on Jan 22, 2013

  28. So Darth , tell me, when you use this forum to swear at people incessantly and call them idiots and worse,[don`t deny it] don`t you think that might be a good enough reason for Big o guys to stop letting people post?

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 22, 2013

  29. “this crap just started recently.”

    Not too long after you first attacked, insulted, and cursed at other people here, or do you choose to dismiss that too? The sooner you listen to Dave, the better.

    By Dingus on Jan 22, 2013

  30. none of your postings should have anything whatsoever to do with me

    take your own advice stinky.

    By feeble nutbar on Jan 22, 2013

  31. Well we… did somebody use the term ’stinky’….mmm i think we got asels a reader in tha house….whaddaya readin For Stinky.


  32. Hey whats with all this Karma talk n Shit…What goes around comes around Crap…Six Years ago i won The Alabama lottery and was havin a great time bangin hookers and doin blow then two years ago i found out that i was gay..Man what a bummer…just think of the money i coulda saved on the chicks..Now im potless..Fat and Baldy and No Pretty Boys will look at me..What did i do to deserve this..Man i dont know all i know is The Creator Has a MasterPlan and Birds Fly South In Southington




  34. nice to see that the concert that my former agency Magnet Attractions has made the grade.

    Bruce Greenfield

    By bruce grrenfield on Jul 26, 2013

  35. Was a great concert in which I was Buffy St Marie freebie entrant. Was too shy to admit to Bob Weir that I was a Navy veteran during the concert when asked if there were any veterans in the crowd(post Vietnam) but his rendition of Dylan’s Desolation Row was out of this world. Will never forget.

    By Mike Sedlewicz on Aug 24, 2014

  36. While waiting for the recorded music to end (50’s, as I remember it), and the show to begin, Abbie Hoffman pulled my embarrassed 21 year old self up on stage to dance. 31 years later, I’d love to see THAT girl, barefoot, in a knee length, long sleeve red dress with red paisleys, killing it (by song’s end) with THAT man. Anybody got pics or video?

    By Carmen Tadeo on Mar 16, 2017

  37. i was at the gig to celebrate the 60s….now 50 years have passed since the summer of love…i am still an unrepentant hippie yippie flower child and the mad yippie pie thrower

    By aron pieman kay on Nov 11, 2017

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