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History Of Vol.1 [CD]

Grateful Dead Audio CD
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Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their ... Read more in Amazon's Grateful Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Jun 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner.Esp
  • ASIN: B000002KEX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Katie Mae (Live at The Fillmore East in New York City 1970 Remastered Version) 4:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dark Hollow (Remastered LP Version) 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I've Been All Around This World (Remastered LP Version) 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wake Up Little Susie (Remastered LP Version) 2:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Black Peter (Live at The Fillmore West in San Fran 1970 Remastered Version) 7:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Smokestack Lightnin' (Remastered LP Version)17:59Album Only
Listen  7. Hard To Handle (Remastered LP Version) 6:150.79  Buy MP3 

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This is a surprisingly restrained run-through of some of the Dead's old concert staples, recorded live at the Filmore East on February 13 and 14, 1970. Originally released in 1973, the album opens with a couple of fairly soulful acoustic numbers--of which "Wake Up Little Susie" (wherein guitar player Bob Weir forgets the lyric halfway through) and Dead original "Black Peter" stand out. Nice to hear some on-stage banter, too. Most Deadheads, though, will prefer the 18-minute, slow-burning blues jam on "Smokestack Lightnin'", which features some fine harmonica playing from original member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan at the fore. (Indeed, this whole album is a tribute to Pigpen-era Dead.) The final number--the growling, blues-y version of "Hard To Handle"--puts latter-day Crowes pretenders in the shade. The History Of The Grateful Dead Vol. 1 is not the best of Dead albums, but it's likeable nonetheless. --Everett True

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but doesn't really ignite. 22 Jan 2003
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The title is literal, it was the first issuing of Dead archive material and is a set of tracks chosen by Bear (aka Owsley Stanley - read "The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" or "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been" to find out more). Bear particularly tried to feature the recently departed Pigpen in the selection, particularly Pigpen's solo (yes, *guitar* and vocals) rendering of 'Katie Mae' and his version of Otis Redding's 'Hard to Handle' and these are possibly the highlights, although I particularly like the version of the Everley Brother's 'Wake Up, Little Susie' which plays into 'Black Peter' (the only Grateful Dead composition on the album).
As a band, the Dead changed on going from the sixties into the seventies, and in 1970 they experimented with acoustic sets as well as electric (they did again in 1980 - years before MTV's 'Unplugged'). This album features mainly covers that the band were playing in this period (and which had not been otherwise released by them) and is drawn half from acoustic sets and half from electric sets.
So far, so good, the problem is that the band don't particularly ignite on most of the tracks. For a band as skilled in extending songs as the Dead, the long version of Howling Wolf's 'Smokestack Lightening' goes curiously to few places of interest.
Certainly if you want live acoustic Dead then 'Reckoning' is a better bet, and there are now so many other 'official' live electric CDs that you are spoiled for choice. But if you want a solo Pigpen blues (or Smokestack Lightening for that matter) then I can't think of anywhere else (official) where you can go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you thought you knew the Dead... 1 July 2001
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Who else could serve up Howling Wolf, the Everley Brothers and Otis Redding on the same disc? The CD opens with a slow, poignant, reading of Lightnin Hopkins' 'Katie Mae' - Garcia sounds as though he's pulling both the words and the melody out of the air as he goes along. 'Dark hollow' and 'Been all around this world' show that the Dead were no bandwagon-jumpers when it came to country music. 'Smokestack lightnin' is a showcase for the band's ability to extend a song as far as they could and them some, while 'Hard to handle' is one of the best Pigpen vehicles I've ever heard. While this is far shorter than most of the later live Dead albums, it gives an unparalleled sense of their range, and their ability to take songs from almost anywhere and make them thir own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Dead Blues Show 30 Oct 2000
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This is one of my favorite Grateful Dead Live discs. There's only 7 songs but its 45 minutes plus of Pigpen, Jerry, Weir, Lesh, and Bill the Drummer. This show is from February 13th and 14th 1970, at the Fillmore East. 1970 is a great year for the Dead. (my favorite Dead era lies/lays within 1967-1972). Bear's Choice starts off with a bluesy Pigpen lead, Katie Mae. Katie Mae alone is an awesome blues song. Give Pigpen a guitar and the spotlight, you got one of the best blues performances ever. He starts the song off with a good humored argument from someone in the crowd or on stage....Katie Mae then goes to Dark Hollow. Dark Hollow is an awesome bluesy song with a hint of Country (kinda puts me in mind of Ripple in a Dead way)with Weir on lead far, Katie Mae and Dark Hollow are among my favorite Dead songs. The next song is Jerry's turn with: I've Been All Around This World, a great slow ballad with great rythm. A Deadsized Wake Up Little Suzie follows All Around this World, a great jam and a great rocker, yet it's the shortest song on this disc. Track five is a Workingman's Dead hit, Black Peter, yet another slow bluesy jam. At 18:00 minutes long, Pigpen and the Dead jam through Smokestack Lightning. Smokestack's sound kinda resembles CCR's Susie Q, great tune with different jams throughout. The last song is Hard To Handle...sung by Pigpen. Hard To Handle, much like its' name and with Pigpen's vocals is a hard rocker, a great closer for this particular set.
1. Katie Mae-4:46 2. Dark Hollow-3:30 3. I've Been All Around This World-4:40 4. Wake Up Little Susie-2:40 5. Black Peter-7:20 6. Smokestack Lightning-18:00 7. Hard To Handle-6:14
Overall, this set does include a reaction from the audience during each jam, however, you can tell that it's not just one big medley jam/set. At the end of certain songs (ie-Katie Mae>Dark Hollow) you can hear the difference in audience reaction levels; just a note for fans of Dead-Sets-With-Audience-Interaction (thats all) but the crowd can be heard... This particular set is one of my faves (along with Dicks Picks 8 and Ladies and Gentlemen...) to play on Wine Nights (which are quite frequent) This album came out the year Pigpen died :(
The album cover is 'perhaps' the origin of the infamous Beanie Bears that are collected today-for Dancing Beanie Bear collectors-Dark Hollow is one of the newest in the latest series, and it's from this particular show/set.......
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an unusual album 6 Aug 2000
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There is no other Dead album remotely like this, both in content and production. Bear (whom I believe was the great Owzely Stanley, an early Dead patron)-- who chose these pieces -- clearly had great taste. This album was a seminal one for me -- steered my interest from rock and roll to roots folk fifteen years ago (just like Garcia's Old and in the Way introduced me and lots of other people to bluegrass). Side one (at least on the record version) is the Dead at their most acoustic -- alternating between Pigpen accompanying himself on the guitar and Garcia and Weir performing folk duets -- old Appalacian tunes (no twang here at all, though -- which made this kind of music accessible to me for the first time); a loping cover of "wake up little susie," and a very slow and affecting version of the Garcia/Hunter dirge "Black Peter." These tunes have a wholly different sound than many of the Dead's later (large stage) recorded acoustic sets: Garcia and Weir don't play at all fancy -- their licks are straight-ahead, simple bluegrass runs (none of the Garcia's trademark noodling arpeggios) and feel totally elemental, and their vocals from this period are neither affected nor out of tune. The effect is uniquely intimate -- feels like you're sitting around a campfire with them. Side two consists of two great Pigpen tunes -- Hard to Handle is probably my favorite Pigpen number anywhere. This recording finds the Dead at their least psychodelic (at least in their live recordings), but it's got some really nice moments.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Get the remastered version instead 14 Jan 2005
By kireviewer - Published on
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If you really want to buy this, get the remastered version instead. It has nicer packaging, better sound quality and 30 minutes of bonus material. To find it, search on History of Grateful Dead (it won't show up if look for Bear's Choice).
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAR'S CHOICE 30 Sep 2002
By Tony Musto - Published on
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This is a Grateful Dead album that you can't live without. The honest, down to earth feel on this live recording is beyond description. And Pigpen is here too! What more could you ask for? Buy this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST dead ever, pig pen makes me shiver! 29 Oct 1998
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I am a big dead-head, and love this album for its atypical content and bluesy rhythm. Its like love ballads for the nerves. You get lost in the howls!!
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