Jan. 2, 1970
Fillmore East (Late Show)
I think what I love most about this is that it's a DP4 style "Dark Star", which was very much a 1970 thing, but it's still attached to the psychedelic Live/Dead suite of St. Stephen, The Eleven and Turn on Your Lovelight. The whole sequence is very nice: old school Dead with a sophisticated bend that foreshadows the 70s. Ironic that they kick off this decade that would see so much change with a reliable stalwart sequence of the 60s (Eleven would soon be retired, within the spring I think). The Star itself is, as I intimated above, akin to 2-13-70 and has a bit of a "formula" in the music to sparse noise to pleasant rebuild to second verse thing, but it's done incredibly well here and sustains for 30 minutes, which always makes for a good time. A great "Dark Star" from the era when they were at their best.