August 31, 2011 – 4:06 pm


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The Complete Rehearsals (So Far…) [dylantree, 6CD]

Live at the Club Front, San Rafael, CA; June 1987. Very good soundboard.

According to taco.com/roots/dylan.dates, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead played six dates together in 1987. The result was the Dylan & The Dead live album released in 1989; and in 2003, the Grateful Dead released View From The Vault IV. This four-CD set documented the Dead’s July 24, 1987 set at Oakland Stadium and the July 26, 1987 set at Anaheim Stadium.

In August, we shared the Unreleased Dylan & the Dead Live Album as a companion piece and, to round things up, here are the complete rehearsals (so far…).

Thanks to original seeder LosslessBob, who noted: “This six-CD set, donated by Alan Fraser, documents all the known Dylan and Dead rehearsals from the Club Front in San Rafael, CA (June 1987) in incredible sound quality. All the songs come from soundboard cassette masters transferred to DAT, then CD-R.”

Thanks to rckwybchny, who kept the show alive at Hungercity: “These are the Audio CDRs received from the tree offered at Dylantree.”

Lineage: Tree Audio CDR’S ->  EAC (secure/offset correct)  ->  WAV  ->  TLH - FLAC Level 8

These tracks are no longer available for download.

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  1. 29 Responses to “DYLAN AND THE DEAD - COMPLETE REHEARSALS 1987 (SO FAR…)”

  2. Wow!

    Thank you!

    By datdemdar on Aug 31, 2011

  3. Thanks so much to everyone involved in making this music available - a chance to travel back in time and eavesdrop on an important piece of musical history ;o)

    By JR on Sep 1, 2011

  4. I remember back before the Dylan/Dead tour, and long before the rehearsal tapes first circulated reading that, among other things, they were rehearsing the Beatles’ “Nowhere Man.” Alas, it doesn’t appear to have surfaced. Perhaps it’s still out there somewhere?

    By YogaforCynics on Sep 1, 2011

  5. This is the S%?.!
    bravo bigo §!

    a lot better than the shows themselves which were not bad at all contrary to what the critics reviews of the live album.

    HISTORIC RECORDINGS a must have for all music fans

    By juju on Sep 1, 2011

  6. Thanks for this one, too. It’s been up before, but we always hope better versions and fuller versions will appear. Thanks again.

    By Canute on Sep 1, 2011

  7. Great Thanks for this Great Show! Top bigo more from this staff!

    By udo on Sep 1, 2011

  8. Wonderful! So many tracks here that weren’t on my 3 CD boot… Great sound qulaity, also……. It’s such a shame these icons didn’t perform as good as they rehearsed together. Drugs?

    By Timmy on Sep 1, 2011

  9. This is wonderful!
    But how come many of these tracks are cut at the end?

    By Peter on Sep 2, 2011

  10. I’ve only waited 24 years to hear this! What a revalation. Thank You!

    By kevin doyle on Sep 2, 2011

  11. Hello Peter

    Thanks for your note. To be honest, your guess is as good as mine. If the tracks are cut, they are cut at the source. Either the tape ran out, or the compiler (?) deliberately stopped the song or no one attempted to fade out the track.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 2, 2011

  12. Absolutely AWESOME. Thank you so much! Sound is great, performance better!

    By lanzarishi on Sep 2, 2011

  13. Peter, as to why cut at end. I would say you need to look at what the purpose was. Rehearsals are not studio outtakes or performances. They’re doing run throughs just to see if everyone is on the same page, so to say. These people here are veteran professionals. They don’t need to play the whole thing through to see if they’ve “got it”. You also will note that the singing is not “full voice”. It is similar to when they are in the studio “live” with the musicians or bandmates and the writer of the piece (such as with the early beatles) and John is working the music through with others but giving a “guideline” of his vocals without the performance or studio quality you would normally hear. John would not give full breath or enunciate every word because that wasn’t the emphasis - the chords and strumming were. Another example still are home demos. There is a difference when a bandmate is present or if the songwriter is alone. Each presentation can best be appreciated in the environment it is being created in. I am sure that if these people knew that what they were doing would be a released product, it would sound much more complete. My late wife and I participated in a rock band many years ago and wrote lyrics, recorded home demos, performed publicly, and recorded run throughs in the studio “live” and also worked on individual parts of songs in the studio, and the band we were in had a couple songs played on the FM radio. Fun times. No money maker, but fun. I was working my day job then.

    By 3yrsnojob on Sep 3, 2011

  14. Thank you bigozine2 and 3yrsnojob for your response. I truly understand that these recordings are “only” rehearsals, but I think these cuts are strange. And I didn’t hear the musicians stop, it sounded like somebody pulled the plug. This is the first time I heard this being done so obvious at rehearsals recordings, I just wondered about the reason why.

    By Peter on Sep 3, 2011

  15. Thanks so much! What an amazing set, so far…
    Ya gotta love “Rollin’ in my Sweet Baby’s Arms” Amazing!
    You never disappoint!

    By Micheal on Sep 3, 2011

  16. i think you will find that man of peace track 203 was released on postcards of the hanging cd

    By titus on Sep 3, 2011

  17. Hello titus

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 3, 2011

  18. Another reason why some tracks end abruptly could be that the compiler made his edits just before someone (probably Bob)started talking with a remark like “OK, we got that one, lets do the next number.” I have read that Dylan was notorious for being lazy at rehearsals, never exceeding three takes on any number. He was/is alot like the old bluesmen in this way. Here’s the song…it won’t get any better on take 15 like the Beatles would do.

    By Zennews on Sep 3, 2011

  19. hey titus; shhhhhhh! ;)

    By 3yrsnojob on Sep 4, 2011

  20. bloody hell. i missed 203, thanks to the fit and fighting sphincter. Hey 3yrs, any chance you can do a private swap of something interesting?

    By tony on Sep 4, 2011

  21. thanks guys!

    By sluggo on Sep 5, 2011

  22. Thanks for the final instalment of Bob and the Dead … appreciated.

    By Canute on Sep 5, 2011

  23. if people out there have a hard time finding things or dont know of sites where they can download from or are having a difficult time knowing where they are supposed to get stuff like what we find here feel free to write to me and ill help u. i know of dozens of such sites that i have downloaded everything on and that i use weekly or daily. i did vining and trading for many years but nowadays u dont need to do that since most stuff is so easy to get by sharing links. im still willing to trade privately if i have to but if i can help anyone in any way get something they need or want please write to me at [email protected]

    also. if u want normal albums like progressive or obscure or psychedelic or bluesy folky etc and can handle ogg files i can help u with that too. if u dont know what ogg is.. look it up.

    By darth on Sep 6, 2011

  24. tony - I was pretending to tease titus a little just because I hadnt got 203 yet. I am a supporter of Big O’s policy. But I understand that not everyone agrees. You can explore the free public domain sites, or Wolfgang’s Vault (10 hrs free a month streaming), the fabulously free, huge and diverse: archive.org (besides old movies, nationwide current club scene of touring bands (even some name bands!), and going back many years, old time radio, spoken word,etc. They have a staggeringly huge collection of Grateful Dead, even Dylan & The Dead live, multiple sources on the same concert!). All the live stuff on archive.org is with the band’s permission. Or you can ask Darth like he said.
    Hey Darth, I see Cheney borrowed your all black attire for the Tonight Show! Suits him!

    By 3yrsnojob on Sep 6, 2011

  25. This is fantastic, thankyou guys, and thank you for so much good music.

    By jim panger on Sep 6, 2011

  26. Thanks and hearing all this is like being able to examine the chopped-down tree. The live album was bad news (putting it gently) and the previous 3 CD set which I’d gotten years ago was OK, but this really shows what their collaboration SHOULD have been: a run-through of mutually-loved traditional songs (dump ALL of Bob’s greatest hits, much as I like ‘em) recorded loose and informally, like in an extended rehearsal. The songs that really sound like they’re having fun and not just satisfying contractual obligations are things like “Rollin in my sweet Baby’s Arms”, “Oh boy”, “Stealin”, “Blues Stay Away From Me”, even “I’m Free”, “I’m so Lonesome…”, etc. I know, it’s all Monday morning quarterbacking, but just glad to see these surface period.

    By lowendbill on Sep 7, 2011

  27. Duly acquired. Thanks, 3yrs :)

    and thanks BigO for making this amazing collection available to us.

    By tony on Sep 7, 2011

  28. This is so amazing. Thank you very much

    By John Q on Sep 9, 2011

  29. Senor, thank you. I have been going down Lincoln County Road since the lp Street Legal came out. I saw Bob Dylan and his band in the fall of 1978 at Madison Square Garden with my older brother Peter. I was only 14 at the time. Let me tell you that the atmosphere in MSG sitting and standing with all of these adults drinking and smoking along with other stuff was quite an experience. I still have some memories of that show even 33 years later.

    Great share of the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan.


    By JALtheImpaler on Sep 13, 2011

  30. I almost passed this up not being such a huge fan of the Dead but i’m glad I didn’t. This is great and it has a Basement Tapes feel to it as well. Thanks for sharing.

    By Matt on Oct 22, 2011

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