View From the Vault III

Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountainview, CA - June 16, 1990

Released: 2002


Let The Good Times Roll [4:52]
Truckin' [10:06]
Touch of Grey [7:30]
Mama Tried [2:35]
Big River [5:52]
Friend Of The Devil [8:06]
Cassidy [6:21]
Big Boss Man [7:24]
One More Saturday Night [5:23]

China Cat Sunflower [10:39]
I Know You Rider [5:44]
We Can Run [5:50]
Estimated Prophet [13:07]
Terrapin Station [15:20]
Jam [15:15]
Space [11:48]

Drums [4:12]
Chin Doll [6:45]
Sugar Magnolia [9:57]
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [7:37]

Bonus - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
October 13, 1987

Hey Pocky Way [6:17]
New Minglewood Blues [7:36]
Candyman [7:51]
When I Paint My Masterpiece [4:39]
West L.A. Fadeaway [7:34]
My Brother Esau [4:26]


Liner Notes:

View from the Vault III captures one of those very special nights when the Grateful Dead took us to a time and place where the musical possibilities were endless.

The setting for this mystical journey was the middle night of a weekend in June 1990 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The energy generated by the superb triple opener of “Let the Good Times Roll,” “Truckin’,” and “Touch of Grey” continued throughout the set to the closing combination of Jerry Garcia’s only 1990 performance of Pigpen’s “Big Boss Man" into “One More Saturday Night.”

The second set began with a well jammed “China Cat / I Know You Rider,” an especially soulful version of Brent Mydland’s “We Can Run,” and an “Estimated Prophet” that foreshadowed the musical adventure that was to come. But it was the half-hour jam out of the next song “Terrapin Station,” that I will remember as the Grateful Dead at their creative best. Time stood still as we entered a new dimension. The jam started off with several variations on the theme of “Terrapin,” but soon took on a life of its own. Long past the point where the drum solo usually starts, Phil and Brent finally left the stage while Jerry and Bob remained. After several minutes with two guitarists and two drummers, the drummers departed, and Bob and Jerry produced sounds that I cannot describe in mere words. A little while later Phil joined them, and then Jerry left, leaving Bob and Phil together for a different version of “Space.” When they left the stage a short time later, the stage was empty, but far from silent. Some loud booming sounds came from the back of the stage and then Mickey reappeared and treated us to a major voyage into the unknown using the Beam. Then Jerry and Bob returned and Mickey left again. The guitars hinted at “China Doll” and the rest of the band hurried back to start the song. A good version, complete with harpsichord sounds from Brent, and then whammo, “Sugar Magnolia,” a spectacular ending to an amazing set.

Those middle-set soundscapes are for me a perfect example of what Bill Graham meant when he said, “They’re not the best at what they do, they’re the only ones who do what they do.” Amen.

-- Stu Nixon



Lead Guitar, Vocals: Jerry Garcia
Drums: Mickey Hart
Drums: Bill Kreutzmann
Electric Bass, Vocals: Phil Lesh
Keyboards, Vocals: Brent Mydland
Rhythm Guitar, Vocals: Bob Weir

Recorded by: Dan Healy

CD Mastering by: Jeffrey Norman

Tape Archivist: David Lemieux

Album Coordination: Cassidy Law

Archival Research: Eileen Law/Grateful Dead Archives

Package Design by: Robert Minkin/

Photograph by: Ken Friedman c2002

Special Thanks: Bill Graham Presents

Backstage Pass designed by: Antonio Reonegro c1990



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