Grateful Dead Release History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear's Choice)
History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear's Choice) is a live album by the Grateful Dead.
It offers concert highlights from the Grateful Dead's February 13 and 14, 1970 performances at the Fillmore East. Dick’s Picks, Volume 4 also chronicles these performances. The album was released on July 13, 1973 and is a tribute of sorts to Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, who died while the album was being prepared. The "Bear" of the title is Owsley Stanley, underground chemist turned Dead sound man. Fans often simply refer to the album as Bear's Choice.
This digitally remastered 2003 reissue of 'History of the Grateful Dead, Vol. 1' features a 16-page booklet & four bonus tracks, 'Good Lovin',' 'Big Boss Man,' an alternate version of 'Smokestack Lightnin'' (version 2), & a rare live rendition of 'Sitting on Top of the World'. Previously, this version of History was available only as part of 2001's 'The Golden Road' box-set. Digipak. Rhino. 2003.