The AOR of the "In the Dark" period has never been my favourite Dead era, so I approached this Xmas gift of the famed 1987 NYE gig with some trepidation (I'd not heard the show before). Fortunately, I was won over by the energetic "Bertha" which opens the set. The band operate at a high level of energy throughout, the choice of songs is interesting, and Jerry is sounding mighty fine. Sound quality is excellent.
However, I have to dock a star for the really shoddy packaging (who is Bill "Freutzmann"? - Shame on you, Left Field Media!) and the pretty dreadful sound quality of the bonus cuts (recorded on various TV shows from 1978 to 1991). The bonus tracks are nice to have, but I'm at a loss to understand why they're here, as only one is actually from this period.
These minor criticism aside, a recommended addition to all Deadheads' collections.