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Odd Pairings: The Grateful Dead w/ The Beach Boys: 4/27/1971 @ The Fillmore East

Talk about a culture-clash. Cue April 1971. You’re going to the legendary Fillmore in NYC to catch one of the last rock shows before the doors will be closed forever. And what you witness is Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead sharing a stage with the (mudda fuggin’) Beach Boys. Gotta love it.

Well, since I was still about 6 years from being created, all I have left to document this fabled night is a crispy soundboard courtesy of the Dead’s vault. And I share it with you….

Check out “Okie From Muskogee”, featuring the long-haired ones on vocals (by “long-hairs”, of course, ahem!, I mean the Beach Boys…)

We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don’t take our trips on LSD
We don’t burn our draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin’ right, and bein’ free.

From a review by Blair Jackson in The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium Vol. 1 1959-1974

The second set starts with a handful of short tunes, all nicely played, and then at mid-set the Dead are joined onstage by members of the Beach Boys for a wild mini-set of rock n roll classics, one Beach Boys song, and Merle Haggard’s right-wing screed, “Okie From Muskogee” (which includes the immortal lines “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee/ We don’t take our trips on LSD…”). If you’ve ever seen pictures of the Beach Boys from this era, you know that in the early seventies they were not the short-haired, clean-cut crew they were in the mid-sixties (and again in the late-seventies), At the Fillmore, they appeared in Caftans and sported long hair and bushy beards– yep, they were heads! The playing and singing is pretty sloppy during this segment, but it’s still a fun ride, a true curiosity that probably belongs in every serious tape collection. Then, the Dead-only finale, with “Sing Me Back Home” and “Uncle John’s” going into a cool “Lovelight” are a nice wrap-up to a show that is all over the map. The “Lovelight” is Pigpen (Ron McKernan) at his best as he tries to play matchmaker for kids in the audience: How does a guy convince the young lovely next to him to go home and go to bed with him? Just ask her and “Tell ’em Pigpen says it was OK!” Wish I’d thought of that in 1971.



The Grateful Dead (with The Beach Boys) – Okie From Muskogee.mp3
The Grateful Dead (with The Beach Boys) Johnny B Goode.mp3


January 17, 2008 Posted by | bill graham, fillmore, Garcia, grateful dead, jam, jamband, jerry garcia, live music, music, pigpen, psychedelic, rock, the beach boys, the dead | Leave a comment

Jacko surfaces, makes his best album in a decade, thanks to RHYMEFEST

Chicago rapper Rhymefest teams up with producers Mark Ronson, Best Kept Secret, and a slew of guests on “Man in the Mirror”. Oh yeah, and a whole heaping pile of unauthorized Michael Jackson samples….

Excerpt from Greg Kot’s Chicago :

The Michael Jackson revival is in full swing. A 25th anniversary edition of “Thriller,” his biggest album, is scheduled for release next month, and Jermaine Jackson says there will be Jackson 5 reunion tour this year that includes his most famous brother. Bottom line is that Jackson is still an icon, despite a litany of tabloid indiscretions that would’ve crushed most careers and reputations.

But Jackson also hasn’t made much in the way of compelling new music in at least decade. And I doubt that any of the Michael-is-back projects will equal the artistic inventiveness (or the affordability) of the latest release from South Side rapper Rhymefest, who just released “Man in the Mirror (The Michael Jackson Dedication Album)” as a free download on his Web site,

The release is musical contraband; it flouts copyright law and freely dips into the Jackson back catalog for source material, including a trove of audio interviews. It rearranges this material into a fascinating virtual collaboration between two artists of different generations who have never met. Gimmicky as it sounds, sparks fly. Jackson hasn’t had such a provocative and inspired collaborator since he was working with producer Quincy Jones — back when “Thriller” reigned. [cont.]


Track # Title
01 The Cipher (Rhymefest & Michael Jackson)
02 Can’t Make It (Rhymefest) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]
03 “Thriller” Skit
04 Get Up (Rhymefest ft Wale)
05 Dancin’ Machine (The Jackson 5 ft Rhymefest)
06 Flip It Skit
07 Never Can Say Goodbye (Rhymefest ft Talib Kweli) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]
08 Mike The Mentor (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)
09 No Sunshine (Rhymefest) [prod. by Emile]
10 Caught Up Skit
11 Foolin’ Around (Rhymefest ft Dres) [prod. by Mark Ronson]
12 Set The Mood
13 Breakadawn (Rhymefest ft Daniel Merriweather & alpha.)
14 Windbreaker Skit
15 Higher Intro
16 Higher (Rhymefest)
17 Mark vs. Mike
18 All That I’ve Got (Rhymefest ft Ghostface Killah & Mary J. Blige)
19 Maybe Tomorrow (Michael Jackson)
20 Sunshine Skit
21 Coolie High (Camp Lo ft Rhymefest)
22 Family Reunion (ft Tito, Randy, Mike & Rhymefest)
23 Much Love Skit
24 Man In The Mirror (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)


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Rhymefest – Man In The Mirror – 17 Mark vs. Mike
Rhymefest – Man In The Mirror – 08 Mike The Mentor (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)
Rhymefest – Man In The Mirror -07 Never Can Say Goodbye (Rhymefest ft Talib Kweli) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]

January 17, 2008 Posted by | best kept secret, bootleg, chicago, hip hop, mark ronson, mashup, michael jackson, mixtape, pop, rap, rhymefest, rock | Leave a comment