Beat-Club was a TV music program that ran from September 1965 to December 1972, broadcast from Bremen, in what was then West Germany. Many UK and US acts, and Kraftwerk, performed on it and a fair number of clips from the show – including performances from the likes of Alice Cooper, King Crimson, ELP, Deep Purple, The Doors, Canned Heat, BB King, Jethro Tull, Cream and The Who – can be found here.
[Achtung: Sie verlassen jetzt die Totenfreizone!]
The Grateful Dead took their turn on the show when they dropped in to record a session there 40 years ago today. It may have been obvious to anyone in the music business that the job to be done here was to record a couple of takes of the single that Warners were keen to sell and then move on, but the Dead also used the opportunity to tape what they wanted, in a clean studio environment, even though there was no chance of it being broadcast. They got round to playing One More Saturday Night after 30 minutes of other songs and then played for another 45 minutes, ending up with the version of The Other One that I couldn’t help sharing on here in my initial delight in hearing it.
Here’s what was broadcast on TV on May 27th, 1972, introduced by Uschi Nerke. Prepare to be blown away by the ‘blue screen’ video effects….
And here’s surviving video of them doing Jesse Fuller’s Beat It On Down The Line
And here, should you wish to hear the complete songs in higher quality and stereo, are the same performances, plus a re-post of The Other One