History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear's Choice) is a live album by the Grateful Dead. Released in July 1973 on Warner Bros. Records, it offers concert highlights recorded February 13 and 14, 1970 at the Fillmore East in New York City. Often known simply as Bear's Choice, the title references band soundman Owsley "Bear" Stanley. It was originally intended to be the first volume of a series. The album peaked at number 60 on the Billboard 200.
Coordinator – Cassidy Law. Coordinator – Jo Motta. Design – Greg Allen, Rachel Gutekyart. Executive-Producer – Peter McQuaid. Liner Notes – Bear (6). Liner Notes – Shawn Amos.
The Dead's last album for Warner Brothers. A single LP of acoustic and electric material from the shows on February 13 and 14, 1970 at the Fillmore East. Manufactured in Germany. Issued in standard jewel case, black tray, with a 4-page booklet. Mould SID Code: IFPI 05N7.
Album · 1973 · 7 Songs. This compendium of two 1970 concerts-curated by the Dead’s soundman Owsley Bear Stanley-displays the band's back-porch folk side as well as their more rocking tendencies. It's partly a memorial to singer/keyboardist Pigpen, who died months before its 1973 release; he delivers a moody, solo-acoustic take on Lightnin' Hopkins' "Katie Mae" and fronts some stinging harmonica workouts on Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightnin'" and Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle.
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Recorded over two nights in early 1970, History of The Grateful Dead, Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice) spotlights some choice in-concert staples from the most popular live attraction in rock & roll history. A single LP of acoustic and electric material from the shows on February 13 & 14, 1970, at the Fillmore East. The songs on Bear’s Choice are taken from the following shows; – Katie Mae, Wake Up Little Susie, Black Peter, and Smokestack Lightnin’ – February 13, 1970. Dark Hollow, I’ve Been All Around This World, and Hard To Handle – February 14, 1970. See an error? Let us know.
1. Katie Mae - Live at The Fillmore East in New York City 1970 Remastered Version. Sitting on Top of the World - Live at the Fillmore West in San Fran 1970 Version. More by Grateful Dead.
This 1973 release was the very last collection that the Grateful Dead authorized during their tenure with Warner Bros. in the late '60s and early '70s. However, this live disc was a sort of melancholy affair, as it centered on material featuring Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (guitar/vocals/mouth harp), who had left the band due to illness in June of the previous year. While most assuredly not the finest example of the Dead's formidable acoustic sets, the platter opens with a quartet of cover tunes - many of which had been entries in Jerry Garcia (guitar/vocals) and McKernan's folky jug band repertoire prior to ultimately forming the electric, psychedelic Grateful Dead.