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GRATEFUL DEAD - At Old Renaissance Faire Grounds

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  • Format: Limited Collector's Edition
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: INTERGROOVE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JJECYQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,844 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jerry Garcia (lead guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (vocals, rhythm guitar), Phil Lesh (bass, backing vocals), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), Keith Godchaux (keyboards) Promised Land -- Impressions Of The Ground -- China Cat Sunfl ower -- I Know You Rider -- Jack Straw -- Dark Star -- El Paso -- China Cat Sunfl ower (alternative take) -- I Know You Rider (alternative take) -- Greatest Story Ever Told (stage dismantling) recorded at Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, Orgegon Benefi t for Springfi eld Creamery, August 27, 1972 It wasn't seen to be an unusual thing when "The Warlocks" played the background music on acid happenings in 1965, before the criminalization of the drug. Here starts the actual trip: The band renamed themselves "Grateful Dead" and changed their residence into a commune. Here "The Dead" set an example of what two years later in the so called "Summer of Love" became a myth: Love, Peace & Unity. Their concerts are innocent, psychedelic journeys in the fl ower-power country. This made many of the constant fans of "The Deadheads" jump on the bandwagon. In 1967 when the hippie hype was at its peak the band was in the spot light and regarded as one of the greats. Their concerts have brought them already a legendary reputation. 1972 the "Deads" gave a benefi t concert for the creamery of a friend who was the brother of the cult author Ken Kesey ("One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"). This friend was in fi nancial diffi culty and tried to bring a probiotic yoghurt on the market. The 20.000 fans were able to get their tickets by buying a yoghurt and by doing so could play a part in contributing towards the introduction of natural foods.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2008
This famous show, the legendary "Field trip" is probbaly the show most dead heads would like to see in a full scale, offficial Rhino release. Until that happens, here at least we get a 70 min. snippet. And as always with Woodstock Tapes in a very high quality. A++.

What exactly lies behind the selection of tracks is somewhat obscure. The important thing is, that we get one of the most beautiful, most lysergic far out, most divinely inspired versions of "Dark Star" ever. 31 min. of pure bliss: Jerry Garcia's cosmos-searching, spiralling guitar, channeled directly from the beyond, the unique, meandering bassthunder of Phil Lesh, Keith Godchaux throwing his jazzy comments, the intelligent rythmguitar of Bob Weir really keeping things together, while Billy Kreutzman plays around with the beat. And as always with Grateful Dead the sum total is much more than the individual parts. Some wonderful frozen moments of great mind-expanding beauty. There's also a 8 min. snippet of the equally hot and entheogenic "Playin'.."-jam, unfortunately overlaid with some walkie talkie conversations.

As for the visuals this is an amazing document for anyone with fond memories of the glorious hippie days. Naked dancers, kids running cross the stage. Everybody looking stoned and quite a few beautiful too. Some trippy effects, not least during "Dark Star" and a rare glimpse of the legendary Neal Cassady, the original 'Magic Bus' Futhur and Ken Kesey.

A must have for all Grateful Dead/psychedelic music fans, casual or hardcore.
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The product is probably a bootleg but the sound quality is good. They have finally released this concert on a special 3CD, 1 DVD set at a fairish price under the name "Sunshine Daydream", but lost me.

If you can imagine it, they left the 31m version of Dark Star off the DVD. It is listed as "album only!!!

So you still have to have both to see the show. There are other songs also listed as "album only " but not sure they are on this or not. Dark Star is a rarity on official DVD & they chose to drop the ball. At least someone released this!

At least this
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17 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Swartz on 30 Jun. 2009
This is a great video. It is freely available amongst grateful dead traders. It is illegal for amazon to be selling it; it is not commercially released, it is a bootleg. It should be removed from the site.
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