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Dark Star
Composer: Grateful Dead / Robert Hunter

Dark Star was the first lyric that Robert Hunter wrote with the Dead. He had previously sent a few lyrics to them from New Mexico and was then invited to join them. Hunter describes the journey in the introduction to his collected lyrics Box Of Rain;
The trip took six weeks with a surreal layover in Denver. By the time I hit Nevada I had a dime in my pocket which I put in a slot machine and parlayed into enough to make a phone call and tell the guys I was on my way. I arrived in San Francisco with a case of walking pneumonia and the clothes on my back. The next day I was writing Dark Star, feeling pretty much as the lyric suggests.
The initial lyrics were written at Rio Nido where the Dead were playing when Hunter joined them.

The single version of Dark Star was recorded in the studio during the recordings sessions for Anthem Of The Sun. Robert Hunter speaks the words at the close of the song.

Dark Star was first performed, without lyrics, by the Grateful Dead in September 1967. The first version with lyrics was in the December of that year. The song was a major focus for improvisation and was played regularly through the 1960's and up to 1973. After 1974 it only appeared on odd occasions in 1978, 1979, 1981 and 1984 before making a comeback in October 1989. It was then played about 25 times through the 1990s the last performance being in March 1994.



Grateful Dead

info Dark Star / Born Cross-Eyed, 1968
info Live/Dead, 1969
info Zabriskie Point Soundtrack, Various Artists, 1970
info Glastonbury Fayre, Various Artists, 1972
info What A Long Strange Trip It's Been, 1977
info The History Of Rock, Volume 23, Various Artists, 1984
info Rock Goes To The Movies - Vol. 1, Various Artists, 1990
info Two From The Vault, 1992
info Rock Goes To The Movies - In Dreams, Various Artists, 1992
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 2, 1995
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 4, 1996
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 7, 1997
info Fillmore East 2.11.69, 1997
info Zabriskie Point Soundtrack (Extended double CD version), Various Artists, 1997
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 11, 1998
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 14, 1999
info So Many Roads (1965-1995), 1999
info So Many Roads (1965-1995), 1999
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 16, 2000
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 19, 2000
info Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead, 2000
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 22, 2001
info View From The Vault II, 2001
info View From The Vault II (DVD), 2001
info Nightfall Of Diamonds, 2001
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), 2001
info Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72, July 2002
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 26, 2002
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 27, 2003
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 28, 2003
info The Closing of Winterland, 2003
info The Closing of Winterland (DVD), 2003
info Dreamers Soundtrack, Various Artists, 2004
info Rockin' The Rhein, 2004
info Rockin' The Rhein bonus CD: Academy Of Music, 2004
info Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack, 2004
info The Grateful Dead Movie (extended DVD), 2004
info Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings, 2005
info Fillmore West 1969: Compilation, 2005
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 36, 2005
info Trilogy, 2005
info Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork: Limited Edition CD, JGB / Grateful Dead / Garcia-Grisman, 2005
info Grateful Dead Download Vol 12: 4/17/69, 2006
info Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970, Various Artists, 2007
info Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork: Collectors Edition CD, 2007
info Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings, 2008
info Road Trips: Vol 1, Number 3: Summer 1971, 2008
info Road Trips: Vol 2, No. 1: MSG, Sept 1990, 2008
info Road Trips: Vol 2, Number 2: Feb 14, 1968, Carousel Ballroom, 2009
info Road Trips: Vol 2, Number 2: Feb 14, 1968, Carousel Ballroom Bonus CD, 2009
info Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm, Various Artists, 2009
info Road Trips: Vol 3, Number 2: Austin, Nov 15, 1971, 2010
info Road Trips: Vol 3, Number 3: Fillmore East, 5/15/70, 2010
info Formerly The Warlocks, 2010
info Road Trips: Vol 4, No 1: Big Rock Pow Wow 69, 2010
info Road Trips: 2011 Bonus Disc, 2011
info Europe '72, The Complete Recordings, 2011
info Europe '72, Vol. 2, 2011
info Europe '72: London, 4/8/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Copenhagen, 4/14/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Copenhagen, 4/17/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Dusseldorf, 4/24/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Hamburg, 4/29/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Paris, 5/4/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Bickershaw Festival, 5/7/1972, Grateful Dead, 2011
info Europe '72: Rotterdam, 5/11/1972, Grateful Dead, 2011
info Europe '72: Munich, 5/18/1972, Grateful Dead, 2011
info Europe '72: London, 5/23/1972, Grateful Dead, 2011
info Europe '72: London, 5/25/1972, Grateful Dead, 2011
info Dave's Picks Vol. 3: Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL, 22/10/71, 2012
info Dark Star 12" single, Grateful Dead, 2012
info Dave's Picks Vol. 6: 12/20/69 & 2/2/70, 2013
info Sunshine Daydream, Veneta, 8/27/72, 2013
info Dave's Picks Vol. 9: Missoula, 5/14/74, 2014
info Spring 1990 (The Other One), 2014
info Wake Up To Find Out: Nassau Coliseum, 3/29/90, 2014
info Dave's Picks 2014 Bonus CD, 2014

The Dead

info Holmdel, NJ, June 25, 2003
info Millwaukee, WI, July 1, 2003
info Morrison, CO, July 10, 2003
info Joliet, IL, August 2, 2003
info Mountain View, CA, September 19, 2003
info Oakland, CA, December 31, 2004
info Mountain View, CA, June 26, 2004
info Boston, MA, July 31, 2004
info Darien Lakes, NY, August 6, 2004
info Wantagh, NY, August 13, 2004
info Dead '09: Washington, DC, April 14, 2009
info Dead '09: Uniondale, NY, April 24, 2009
info Dead '09: E. Rutherford, NJ, April 28, 2009
info Dead '09: Los Angeles, CA, May 9, 2009
info Dead '09: Quincy, WA, May 16, 2009

Furthur

info Dec 11, 2009, Wallingford, CT
info Dec 31, 2009, San Francisco, CA
info Feb 12, 2010, Hampton, VA
info Feb 19, 2010, Amherst, MA
info Feb 27, 2010, Atlantic City, NJ
info Mar 6, 2010, Denver, CO
info May 28, 2010, Angels Camp, CA
info June 26, 2010, Brooklyn, NY
info July 3, 2010, Herkimer, NY
info July 8, 2010, Lewiston, NY
info July 29, 2010, New York, NY
info September 16, 2010, Eugene, OR
info September 22, 2010, Las Vegas, NV
info September 25, 2010, Morrison, CO
info November 12, 2010, Chicago, IL
info November 20, 2010, New York, NY
info February 11, 2011, Broomfield, CO
info March 6, 2011, Boston, MA
info March 11, 2011, New York, NY
info March 19, 2011, Upper Darby, PA
info March 26, 2011, New York, NY
info July 17, 2011, Wantagh, NY
info July 26, 2011, Canandaigua, NY
info Sept 24, 2011, Eugene, OR
info Oct 1, 2011, Morrison, CO
info Oct 7, 2011, Monterey, CA
info Nov 4, 2011, Portland, ME
info Nov 11, 2011, Syracuse, NY
info Nov 18, 2011, Rosemont, IL
info Dec 31, 2011, San Francisco, CA
info April 6, 2012, Boston, MA
info April 13, 2012, New York, NY
info April 18, 2012, New York, NY
info July 7, 2012, Philadelphia, PA
info July 13, 2012, Brooklyn, NY
info September 22, 2012, Morrison, CO
info October 2, 2012, San Diego, CA
info December 30, 2012, San Francisco, CA
info January 18, 2013, Mill Valley, CA
info February 24, 2013, Broomfield, CO
info April 20, 2013, Port Chester, NY
info April 27, 2013, Atlantic CIty, NJ
info July 14, 2013, Cooperstown, NY
info July 20, 2013, All Good Festival, Thornville, OH
info Sept 6, 2013, Arrington, VA
info Sept 21, 2013, Morrison, CO
info Sept 22, 2013, Morrison, CO
info Sept 28, 2013, Berkeley, CA
info Oct 4, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Ratdog

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info Boston MA: October 18, 2003
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info Lawrence KS: November 18, 2003
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info San Diego CA, July 27, 2007
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info Darien Center NY, August 19, 2007
info Hampton Beach NH, October 27, 2007
info Charlotte, NC, November 8, 2007
info Boca Raton, FL, November 17, 2007
info Cleveland, OH, March 26, 2008
info New York, NY, April 5, 2008
info Live Oak, FL, April 12, 2008
info Quincy, CA, July 5, 2008
info San Jose, CA, July 10, 2008
info Hiram, ME, August 10, 2008
info Munhall, PA, November 1, 2008
info Upper Darby, PA, November 14, 2008
info Upper Darby, PA, November 15, 2008
info Negril, Jamaica, January 31, 2009
info Columbus, OH, July 5, 2009
info Jim Thorpe, PA, July 15, 2009
info Hampton Beach, NH, July 24, 2009
info Eugene, OR, August 22, 2009
info San Diego, CA, September 4, 2009
info New York, NY, October 19, 2009
info New York, NY, October 22, 2009
info New York, NY, October 24, 2009
info Negril, Jamaica, January 24, 2010
info Negril, Jamaica, January 26, 2010
info Negril, Jamaica, January 31, 2010
info Washington DC, February 17, 2014
info Washington DC, February 18, 2014
info Port Chester, NY, March 1, 2014
info Port Chester, NY, March 2, 2014
info Nashville, TN, March 15, 2014
info Hunter Mountain, NY, June 6, 2014
info Kansas City, MO, June 14, 2014

Phil Lesh & Friends

info Live at the Warfield, 2006
info Instant Live:June 22, 2006, Boca Raton, FL, 2006
info Instant Live: June 27, 2006, Asheville, NC, 2006
info Instant Live: July 7, 2006, Wantagh, NY, 2006
info Instant Live: July 9, 2006, Bethel, NY, 2006
info April 4, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014
info April 12, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014
info April 20, 2014, Las Vegas, NV, 2014
info May 29, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014

Weir/Robinson/Greene Trio

info May 26, 2012, CrossroadsKC, Kansas City, MO, 2012
info May 30, 2012, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, 2012
info June 2, 2012, Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO, 2012

Other Dead related

info A Buck Dancer's Choice, Various Artists, 2013

 
Other recordings

info Fresh Tracks In Real Time, Tom Constanten, 1989
info Those Who Know History Are Doomed To Repeat It, Henry Kaiser, 1988
info Heart's Desire, The Henry Kaiser Band, 1990
info Bloomington, Branford Marsalis Trio, 1991
info Nightfall Of Diamonds, Tom Constanten, 1992
info Relix Bay Rock Shop No. 2, Various Artists, 1992
info A Historical Retrospective, Solar Circus, 1993
info Dead Ringers, Dead Ringers, 1994
info Eternity Blue, Henry Kaiser, 1995
info Dark Star - The Music of the Grateful Dead, David Murray, 1996
info Pickin' On The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 1997
info Space Debris, Space Debris, 1997
info With His Funky Friends: Live, Merl Saunders, 1998
info Welcome To Our World (For Members Only), JGB, 1998
info The Serpent Unrolled, Fit & Limo, 1998
info Realms, Jamie Janover, 1998
info Dead Delites, Vol. 1, Various Artists, 1998
info Dead Delites, Vol. 3, Various Artists, 1998
info Blue Light Rain, Jazz Is Dead, 1998
info Struggling Man, Merl Saunders, 2000
info Stolen Roses, Various Artists, 2000
info Search For Intelligent Life, Dose Hermanos, 2000
info Grateful Dreams, Tom Constanten, 2000
info The Electric Roses Tour, Elegy, 2001?
info Long Strange Trip: Swingin' and Pickin' on the Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2001
info The Sea To The North, Garth Hudson, 2001
info There and Back Again (Special bonus disc release), Phil Lesh & Friends, 2002
info Electronic Tribute To The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2002
info 3/13/98 Cedar Cultural Centre, The Big Wu, 2002
info 88 Keys to Tomorrow, Tom Constanten, 2002
info Pluck!, Eric Golub, 2003
info Brescia, Italy: June 30, 2004, Little Feat, 2004
info Ocean City, NJ: August 2, 2004, Little Feat, 2004
info Omaha, NE: August 31, 2004, Little Feat, 2004
info Tornoto, Canada: November 8, 2004, Little Feat, 2004
info Maui, HI: March 4, 2005, Little Feat, 2005
info Portland, OR: March 12, 2005, Little Feat, 2005
info Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares, Various Artists, 2005
info Live At Mojo, Dreadnaught, 2005
info The 1000th Show, Dark Star Orchestra, 2005
info Live On Tour, Merl Saunders & Melvin Seals, 2006
info Mick's Picks, Volume 3: Substage, Karlsruhe June 16, 2004, Jefferson Starship, 2008 *
info Ithaca 30 Years Later, Dark Star Orchestra, 2008
info Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert: Vol 4, Various Artists (moe.), 2011
info Tales From the Mothership: Roswell UFO Festival July 3, 2009, Jefferson Starship, 2012

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