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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Corp
  • ASIN: 5558713585
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 20 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have loved this band's music since being completely blown away by "Live/Dead" in 1970. This new album is compiled from material from the 1969 Fillmore West recordings that didn't make it into "Live/Dead" and so the obvious test of this new release is to see how it stacks up against the greatest live album ever released: so it has a lot to live up to.

The first two disks in the three disk set were a welcome addition to my Grateful Dead library. The sound quality is excellent, and any lover of the Dead from that period will enjoy hearing more of the band at the height of their experimental phase. I particularly enjoyed "Morning Dew", "Cosmic Charlie" and "Mountains of the Moon" but everyone will have their own preferences. But good as these tracks are, they are supplemental to the seminal "Live/Dead" album that has been at the pinnacle of live rock albums for over thirty years.

Then there is the third disk. It starts with a twenty-three minute "That's it for the Other One" that I think is quite simply stunning. It has now become my number two favourite Dead track of all time after the "Dark Star" on "Live/Dead" (yes, Deadheads, I think it's THAT good!) and even made me wonder for a while whether the band had got it right all those years ago when they selected the tracks for the earlier album. On balance I think they did, so no need for you to hunt out the heretic, but it gives people who know the band some idea of the effect it had on me when I heard it for the first time. The rest of disk 3 doesn't quite reach the heights of the beginning, but no matter: there's lots of strong material to enjoy there, in particular the Jam on track four.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Franz Bieberkopf on 1 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"Live/Dead" was edited down from a run of shows the Dead did at the Fillimore West in February 1969.If you're prepared to spend a fortune,you can get the entire run of shows on a 10 CD release.If you're of more modest means,this is the one for you (and me).
In short,fantastic.Virtually all of "Live/Dead",tho' not the versions on the album,plus "Alligator","Mountains of the Moon","That's It For the Other One",more or less complete shows from when the Dead Mk.1(with Pigpen)were at the height (no pun intended) of their abilities.
A wonderful look back into hippiedom,if you can remember that far back,or one of the most inventive and adventurous slices of acid rock you're ever likely to hear.
Buy,listen and be enchanted.You may even want to ststrt taking LSD again if you're of a certain age!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul of London on 22 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This triple-CD set is a selection from the limited-release 10-CD complete recordings of the Grateful Dead's four gigs at the Fillmore West on 27-28 February and 1-2 March 1969, from which the band's first live album, Live/Dead, was also taken.

What we have here is Live/Dead, Part Two. The numbers featured on that album are played here as well. I slightly prefer the version of 'Dark Star' on Live Dead, not that the one here is anything but good; conversely, I prefer the 'The Eleven' featured here, if again only by a small degree. I also slightly prefer the Live/Dead version of Gary Davis' mournful blues 'Death Don't Have No Mercy'. That's just me; other listeners will have their own preferences. The 'Lovelight' here stands alone, unlike the Live/Dead one, which charges out of 'The Eleven', and compares well with other renditions from this time that I have heard.

There are plenty of other good numbers that featured in the band's repertoire at this time. The album kicks off with a solid 'Morning Dew', we also get Pigpen singing the blues with 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl' and 'I'm a King Bee', and some of the band's more recent numbers such as 'Doing That Rag' and 'Mountains of the Moon'.

The third CD starts with a hefty go at 'That's It For The Other One', and if you listen carefully at the very end, you'll just hear the opening of the Live/Dead 'Death Don't Have No Mercy'. Then we get an amazing 55-minute sequence kicking off from 'Alligator', with a lengthy jam and a thundering 'Caution', that has to be heard. Those familiar with Live/Dead will recognise 'Feedback' > 'And We Bid You Goodnight', but here it is in their original context following 'Caution', completing the sequence and indeed the gig.

If you liked Live/Dead, then you'll like this one too.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Nearly four decades on this, shamefully, is the first Grateful Dead I've owned and, consciously, listened to. The effects of the last tab have long worn off, the hair's no longer down to the shoulders, and the Summer of Love is a chapter in the social history books, so how's it going to go down?

In general terms, I've heard The Dead come under the West Coast heading, but you know that means nothing. It's just a label. But to some extent it helps prepare you for the music. Long, meandering rivers of guitar-led improvisation are at the fore, as expected: the anticipated comparison with 70s Welsh rockers Man is valid, but it's just a comparison; it's not the same. Other points of reference are Humble Pie (particularly I Walk On Gilded Splinters on the Fillmore East set), the Doors, especially for the organ, and intriguingly some of the jams on the Miles Davis Complete In A Silent Way box set, demonstrating how well Miles and his co-conspirators were plugged into the zeitgeist at the time.

The opening track is an excellent version of Bonnie Dobson's Morning Dew, helping anyone in need of one with a definition of "classic": ageless and affective, mostly because of its simplicity. That is followed by the only other track on the set that was familiar to me, the bluesy Good Morning Little Schoolgirl. Frankly, I'm not sure they'd get away with that one nowadays, but somehow there's an endearing disingenuousness to the song, at once both knowing and innocent, that lets you give it the benefit of the doubt, especially given the likely age of much of The Dead's following at the time.
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