Agreed about the show. A former poster at the LMA forum said that he helped tape the whole show, but the tape of the first set (which had a Dark Star) was lost. Which is very sad, but it must have been common in the days before Dead trading-circles were set up in the '70s; tapers had nobody to trade shows with, and their tapes were usually of lousy quality anyway, so many tapes must have just been erased or forgotten over the years. (That was even the fate of many of Marty Weinberg's tapes, though for different reasons.)
Anyway, this was nowhere near the Dead's first NY show. That was at Tompkins Square Park on June 1, 1967; then they played a whole run of shows at the Cafe au Go Go in early June '67. Then they came back in December '67 and played several shows after Christmas at the Village Theater, which became the Fillmore East -- apparently there were holes in the roof, and it snowed on them during the shows! And then they came back in May '68 and played a run at the Electric Circus, and a couple universities.
So the Fillmore East June '68 shows were actually their fourth trip to NYC.
No telling why this show is so wild - perhaps it had something to do with the headlining group, the Jeff Beck Group.
We have fragments of other shows taped around this time, and they're more laid-back:
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