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  • Audio CD (27 Oct. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00000DF1B
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cold Rain & Snow
2. C.C. Rider
3. Dire Wolf
4. Me & My Uncle
5. Big River
6. Brown Eyed Women
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Uncle John's Band
2. Estimated Prophet
3. Jam 1
4. He's Gone
5. The Other One
6. Drums
Disc: 3
1. Drums
2. Jam 2
3. Not Fade Away
4. Brokedown Palace
5. Around & Around
6. Johnny B. Goode
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Puffany on 24 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Thanks for tuning in.
I can't say I'm a big fan of post-1977 live GD, but this late 1979 gig is a very pleasant surprise. I basically bought this as a result of reading about an outstanding version of Uncle John's Band (a major personal favourite) contained within by fan reviews on Amazon USA, and a couple of the music forum posters here on Amazon UK - you know who you are:)
Cold Rain and Snow starts off the gig in a very relaxed fashion - not particularly energetic, but well played and sung.
Things really pick up by the time they get to Me & My Uncle/Big River. The energy level & focus has increased, and it hasn't got much to do with the fact these are faster-paced tracks - it's the intent.
At this stage of my first listen, I've noticed that the recording is very clear and the balance between the instruments & vocals is mostly right - this hasn't always been the case with this series. The only slight problem, and I mean slight, is that Weir & Mydland should be a little lower in the mix at times.
I've never been a fan of Alabama Getaway in the past but this version absolutely rocks! The performance is adrenalin-rushed and Promised Land follows on in the same fashion. I will definitely never skip Alabama on this cd.
The moment I'd been waiting for comes next.....Uncle John's Band! Apart from the playing, I can see a major reason why this version is so highly regarded - Brent Mydland. This guy provides great backing vocals throughout the show and I wouldn't be surprised if Bob & Jerry, knowing that he hits the right notes, were using him as a guide to align their own vocal pitches to.
A very odd and unbalanced performance of Estimated Prophet flows on from UJB. It kinda stumbles along at the start.
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Amazon.com: 16 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
DP #5 is a keeper 23 Oct. 2003
By Frederick Douglass - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Generally, I concur with previous reviewers who provide spot on summaries. Why write then, you ask? Well, no one has mentioned Bobby's killer slide on disc one's New Minglewood or the great version of disc one's Brown Eyed Women. Disc one's songs are wonderfully played which one may attribute to the likely lenghthy practice sessions that preceded this tour as the band got Mydland up to speed.

Disc two especially is just a killer and disc 3 has a great Jam-NFA-Brokedown Palace section. The excitement of the band during disc 2's UJB is simply palpable and you will listen drop-jawed as you understand that the band knows that the audience knows that they sound great.

Absolutely, Weir and Mydland and the rythym section steal the show. Jerry is starting to show signs of deterioration and does seem at times to be "trying to keep up" as the Amazon reviewer above wrote.

However, as an attendee to several Dead shows in the late 70s one must concur that by the late 70s the Godcheauxs were personas non grata and the addition of Mydland who both sang and played keyboards head and shoulders above his predecessors absolutely re-invigorated the band. You will note from the opening of Cold Rain throughout the jamming on discs two and three that Garcia and the others were thrilled with what the personnel change had wrought. This show will please your ears immensely.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Shakedown indeed! 24 Dec. 2010
By Puffany - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Thanks for tuning in.
I can't say I'm a big fan of post-1977 live GD, but this late 1979 gig is a very pleasant surprise. I basically bought this as a result of reading about an outstanding version of Uncle John's Band (a major personal favourite) contained within by fan reviews here, and a couple of the music forum posters on Amazon UK.
Cold Rain and Snow starts off the gig in a very relaxed fashion - not particularly energetic, but well played and sung.
Things really pick up by the time they get to Me & My Uncle/Big River. The energy level & focus has increased, and it hasn't got much to do with the fact these are faster-paced tracks - it's the intent.
At this stage of my first listen, I've noticed that the recording is very clear and the balance between the instruments & vocals is mostly right - this hasn't always been the case with this series. The only slight problem, and I mean slight, is that Weir & Mydland should be a little lower in the mix at times.
I've never been a fan of Alabama Getaway in the past but this version absolutely rocks! The performance is adrenalin-rushed and Promised Land follows on in the same fashion. I will definitely never skip Alabama on this cd.
The moment I'd been waiting for comes next.....Uncle John's Band! Apart from the playing, I can see a major reason why this version is so highly regarded - Brent Mydland. This guy provides great backing vocals throughout the show and I wouldn't be surprised if Bob & Jerry, knowing that he hits the right notes, were using him as a guide to align their own vocal pitches to.
A very odd and unbalanced performance of Estimated Prophet flows on from UJB. It kinda stumbles along at the start. A few minutes later, it starts to build up beautifully in the first jam, then falls apart as the guys lose focus. Bob makes it even worse with a horrid vocal approach. I'm thinking maybe he was bored with the original vocals he used to do on this track and tried to inject it with a more aggressive approach - no Bob, it doesn't work.
Speaking of aggression, the boys are going for it on The Other One. Jerry comes in a line early for the backing vocals but have no fear, they're switched on to carry on a hot rendition.
Jam 2 contains great sound effects and goes into Not Fade Away - this is one of the songs where it's obvious that Bob is too high in the mix.
Brokedown Palace is so damn good at this gig - a highlight for sure - very sweet.
Being a pre-1978 fan, I haven't heard many versions of Shakedown Street. The few I've heard, including the studio version, have always impressed me. This is my favourite version so far - cool stuff - warts & all. The transition into the UJB reprise isn't a clean one but it works itself out into a nice reprise.
I held off wanting to purchase this 3cd set for most of the decade. Now after hearing it, I just laugh and know that I now have something else to look forward to listening to in the future.
There's plenty to like on this cd set and I'd definitely recommend it. Enjoy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent music 18 Aug. 2009
By Vinny Mac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just put this DP on after listening to the very dissapointing "Dick's Picks, Vol. 6" to remind me of what a really great GD show is supposed to sound like. DP6 was recorded in 1983, and to me it's just amazing to me how much better these guys sounded just 3 years earlier. But then I am also a new fan to The Dead and I just read on Jerry's personal life during this time and he was definitely in the midst of a terrible drug addiction which really affected his voice and musicianship. I mean even at his worst, he was still better than 99% of other guitar players of course, but his playing is so spirited and emotional here. I don't understand the other reviews here saying Jerry is "behind the other guys" or not playing that well. I think he is absolutely on fire on this release. His lead playing on "Uncle John's Band" (one of my favorite versions, very spirited) and esp. He's Gone (which just sounds beautiful. Overall I have so far only listened to the first 10 in the DP series and this is tied with Vol. 8 as my favorite so far. I am so happy to finally be getting into The Dead's music. Thank God they had the foresight to record all these shows so we can enjoy them forever.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2nd Disk Is Killer 16 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A solid show, but the highlight is an amazing second disk, that offers one of the most intense Other Ones ever. The second disk is worth the price of the whole set, and is essential for any deadhead.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
truly smokin' 27 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The odds of getting a tape(bootleg)of this quality from this early of a concert is 1 million to 1. It's a raw, clean, soundboard recording. More than anything, this (and ALL of the Dick's Picks collection) is a CD that is truly for tapers, or those who have had the privilage of listening to a first gen. soundboard tape from a DAT.Truly a case where the "music plays the band". It makes me miss Jerry more than ever. Hopefully there will be Dick's Picks through number 100 or so.
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