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Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: The Grateful Dead – Boston, MA (04/21/69)


Grateful Dead
The Ark Boston, MA

Download FLAC/MP3: Mediafire

Miller Recording Info:
SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat -> CD

Transfer Info:
CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.12 -> FLAC
(3 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)
All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller November 13, 2007

Patch Info:
Alternate SBD source provides:
Introduction (complete track)
2nd Cryptical Envelopment (1:21 – 6:19)
Dark Star (14:52 – 16:36)
Turn On Your Lovelight (23:56 – end of track)

Set 1 (61:52)

01 – Introduction (1.29)
02 – Hard To Handle (5.26)
03 – Morning Dew (9.25)
04 – Cryptical Envelopment (1.57) >
05 – Drums (0.39) >
06 – The Other One (9.10) >
07 – Cryptical Envelopment (7.54) >
08 – Sittin’ On Top Of The World (3.27)
09 – Alligator (4.06) >
10 – Drums (3.26) >
11 – Jam (7.46) >
12 – Doin’ That Rag (7.02)

Set 2 (89:57)

13 – Foxy Lady Jam (3.25)
14 – Dark Star (22.41) >
15 – St. Stephen (6.52) >
16 – The Eleven (10.59) >
17 – Turn On Your Lovelight (25.25)

18 – Tuning (1.08)
19 – Viola Lee Blues (13.48) >
20 – Feedback (5.39)

— Cleaned up numerous flaws and fixed the levels
— Alligator has a false start
— Tape runs out during Feedback

TomP Changes Made (Nero 8):
Phase correction 0.05msec
– louder bass
– generally clearer sound
Further substantial phase inversion and offset correction of Lovelight patch
Cross-mixed all channels (95:5)
– voice and instruments clearer and more to the foreground in the stereo field
– moves the drums from extreme left and right (behind the ear) towards the middle
– a little incidental noise cancellation
Fixed glitches at 0.02 d1tr02, 0.04 ditr02
Corrected balance change 0.42-1.22 d1tr02
Corrected lots of small balance and volume fluctuations
Reduced left channel of most tracks by 3-6% to centre stereo image
Cut 1min+ of no-tuning during Tuning (d3tr01)
Fixed phase inversion in patch at end of Lovelight
Added flac tags

The original is one of the best GD SBDs Ive heard from this era, one of the last of the setlists mainly from (IMHO) their great 1968-9 era. It has all the dynamic range preserved, low noise and no processing. Of the 3 recent Ark shows, the lack of an extra cassette stage in the lineage really shows compared to the other two (22nd & 23rd). IMHO this one is way the best !!

Huge thanks must go to the original recorder and of course, the great Charlie Miller for his enormous body of dedicated work and with whom I had an Email exchange, where he gave me a go-ahead.

The work I did was fairly subtle, but the sound of Phil Lesh’s bass is restored to closer to it’s wonderful powerful best, whilst the general sound and dynamics are significantly better. Despite the improvement in
the frequency extremes, there has been absolutely no EQ, compression or NR used here, just correcting recording and venue artifacts, so to my ears it sounds clearer and more dynamic than the Bertha version.
I’m also particularly please with the improvement in the previously poor sounding Lovelight patch.

(Charlie Miller > TomP Remaster)


January 12, 2015 - Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, FLAC, mp3 downloads, Music, The Grateful Dead


  1. Thanks! My copy is missing Morning Dew and the sound quality is less than ideal – this looks like an upgrade. IMO Dark Star and The Eleven are the highlights – especially the latter. What a pity they dropped this from the repertoire! It is a joy to hear the boys tearing through the changes on this really complex piece – I am an amateur musician and can confidently say (because I’ve tried, with entirely embarrassing results!) that it is devilish hard to even get the 11 to the bar rhythm, let alone do anything with it..

    Comment by nikos | January 13, 2015 | Reply

  2. This seems to be missing part 2 of the FLAC files. Nonetheless I appreciate all you do!

    Comment by JiveElephant | January 22, 2015 | Reply

  3. Try it again JiveElephant. I’m showing they are all there. Sometimes Mediafire doesn’t show all the files in my shared links for some reason, but I thin if you try it another time or maybe refresh they will show up.

    Comment by Mat Brewster | January 22, 2015 | Reply

  4. You’re right Mat; it’s showing up now. Thanks for the heads up!

    Comment by JiveElephant | January 23, 2015 | Reply

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