Everything that's happened to the band recently is so unthinkable, that its difficult to put in writing.We We will try to run it down for you.
The most exciting thing to date is the record. In January the band flew to L.A. to record for Warner Bros. They recorded in R. C. A. studio A with Dave Hassinger as producing engineer. It was a long hard week for the band, and very rewarding. They all learned about recording studios and how different they have to think and play in there as opposed to on stage at the Fillmore. It took long hard hours to produce the GRATEFUL DEAD album. Some tracks went down in three or four takes and some took as many as thirty. The band is pretty well satisfied with the way it sounds, but are constantly wanting to change parts of it. They are never completely satisfied with any of the music they do - there is always soemthing that bothers them. vvhich is the reason they keep getting better. The single was recorded in San Francisco a few weeks after the album. Hassinger produced it too.
Golden Road is number 1 in San Francisco after being on the charts only 3 weeks. TERRIBLY FANTASTIC! The album the GRATEFUL DEAD was released four weeks ago, and has sold almost 50,000 throughout the country. We are all very happy (particularly Warner Bros.) its doing so well but its not a real shocking surprise. After all it's a truly good album.
The Dead have been into a few other exciting trips recently. They did quite a bit of filming with the BBC for the first color T.V. presentation in England. The film is called "'THE SCENE" and was shot in and around the Haight-Ashbury district. There is footage of the Dead at home, at The Avalon Ballroom, and in a club in S.F. (Rock Garden), and in the panhandle in Golden Gate Park. The Dead played in the park one afternoon, and since then some local band is always playing there for free - (GOOD TRIPS). The film will be shown in England on July 17 on "Wickers World", and hopefully The Dead will be there for it. Plans are being madse to release the album in England then too.
There is a chance the band may film a little in Richard Lester's movie "Petulia" . They would. only be playing in the background in a club, but that's okay, because they want experience before They do any major filming.
That's about all the Big Things that they have been doing recently. In the near future they will be working on tons of new material for a new album, also, don't be surpirsed if a new single is released very soon...
PERSONALITIES AND BAND SECRETS
PHIL- reads extremely fast.. energetic ..played bass
only as long as he's been in the band . quick mind ...
doesn't bleach his hair...
BILL - sleeps alot. . eats alot. . . digs jazz drummers
...has a shiny new mustang ... not quiet at all ... business
minded, used to sell wigs ... giggles a lot ...
JER - talented talented.. . has alot to say ... digs girls,
girls ... very open ... loves orange juice... tells the
best stories. . . warm. . hates dlshonesty (they all do)...
owns a pedal steel guitar... Leo . .
PIG - rides a BSA... walks around the house in strange
'outfits. . has a bright red bathrobe. . . sings Blue
Danube in the shower... washes his hair alot ... afraid
of bees, but he's not afraid., of -nice. . . dind ...
plays blues on the guitar boss ...
BOB - on Zen macrobiotic diet... super nice guy... got A's
in school.. got kicked out of 7...nickname Mr. Bob Weir Trouble
AVAILABLE TO YOU
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