Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

When The Boys Were Boys

There was a good two or three years in the beginning where Pig–God bless him–looked like a swamp monster.


Check out the JFK-cut on the square on the right. That’s a hairdo that’ll stand up to Communism.


Until rather recently, you were allowed to smoke around any machine, no matter how complicated and expensive and fragile.


Thick air, man.


  1. 21st Century Dead

    February 13, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Thick hair, man (re: Phil).

  2. Is that Rock Scully lower left, next to Bob? Dave Hassinger and an assistant? RCA Studios in LA late ’67?

    Plus, I mean, wearing a hat indoors, cmon.

    I wonder what Phil’s reading?

  3. As an ex-studio engineer, I would have loved to been the tape op when Bob asked for the sound of thick air and then watch Hassinger pull his hair out while banning Phil Lesh from further mixing sessions. I bet Dave preferred working with The Stones. Anthem of the Sun is one record that needed random access digital editing. Too bad it wasn’t regularly used 25 years later. Sounds like part of this New Potato Caboose version made it to the final edit after the vocals, but who knows. This audible proof that they could play these two back to back live(like we needed any).

    Super early version of St Stephen from the same poster. The Eleven might be one of favorite pieces from this period:

  4. On one of the many post – Jerry GD configs (I think it was the “Other Furthur Dead” tour , they brought out New Potato and Born Cross Eyed. It was very pleasant.

  5. Luther Von Baconson

    February 14, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Happy St. Valentine’s Day, you Big Palookas

  6. I believe Phil is looking at photo contact sheets not a book,that size cost a couple bucks in the 80’s and do should have been pretty cheap in the 60’s. It’s a metal iron form sitting on the other contact sheet used to dry them out and stop them from curling,

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