- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: August 31, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Grateful Dead / WEA
Down Beat - 9/92, p.415 Stars
- Excellent - "...What a long, strange trip its been from those days. But when you listen to this recording, it doesn't seem so far away. You just might remember to turn on your lovelight, and, of course, leave it on..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Good Morning Little School Girl
- 2.Dark Star
- 3.St. Stephen
- 4.The Eleven
- 5.Death Don't Have No Mercy
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.That's It For The Other One
- 2.New Potato Caboose
- 3.Turn On Your Lovelight
- 4.Morning Dew, (Walk Me Out In The Morning Dew)
Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan (vocals, harmonica, keyboards); Phil Lesh (vocals, bass); Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart (percussion).
Engineers: Jeffery Norman, Don Pearson.
Recorded live at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California on August 23, 1968. Includes liner notes by Harper Barnes, "Maestro" Dan Healy and "Dr." Don Pearson.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
You want prime early Dead, you got it. The August '68 Shrine Auditorium concert captured on TWO FROM THE VAULT is the sort of gloriously extended jam-a-thon for which the Grateful Dead became famous. Multi-part pieces like "That's It for the Other One" are like miniature symphonies, with Garcia's guitar building devilish musical spirals around Phil Lesh's thunderous bass and the two-headed drum team's galloping poly-rhythms.
The set's highlight, though, is when Ron "Pigpen" McKernan steps out front for easily the finest "Lovelight" the band's archives have officially released. Strutting like a jive-talking dandy, trading hollers with Bob Weir, and conducting the band's groove as though they were the JB's on acid, Pig demonstrates how he really was the Dead's original captain. As an encore to such raucous behaviour, the hall's custodians turn off the power just as the band starts hitting warp speed on "Morning Dew."