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Posted on 26 Feb 2010 22:15:47 GMT
Greysuit says:
Nearly 7 months later and .................

To Terrapin: Live in Hartford Ct 28 May 1977 - a 3 CD set for only 6.99

Nightfall of Diamonds: Live at Meadowlands New Jersey 16 Oct 1989 a 2 CD set for a mere 10.47

The Closing Of Winterland, December 31, 1978 a 4 CD set for 14.93

I'm listening to the second one as I type but I can't give any background to the other two until they arrive in the next couple of days or so.

At prices like these - who wouldn't ?

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Posted on 27 Feb 2010 00:42:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2010 00:44:31 GMT
TW365 says:
Have been inspired after reading this thread to dip a toe in and found Trilogy (Working Mans Dead/ American Beauty / Live Dead) which has three albums that are all highly recommended on this thread for a good price.

Posted on 27 Feb 2010 00:59:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2010 02:30:57 GMT
Greysuit says:
And for anyone else that joins us - all I can say is "3 excellent albums" - but at the princely sum of 28.29 - all I can say is that there may be better ways of spending your money.

American Beauty and Workingman's Dead being from the studio and (surprise / surprise) Live Dead being live - all I can offer is that if you like Live Dead - sample more of their Live material on Spotify (or whatever) and - while the prices seem to be quite low on Amazon at the moment - go for it.

I have posted albums to my 'wish list' in the past thinking - yeah - I'll get that next month - only to discover that when I went to buy it - yes - you've guessed it - the price had shot up.

Strike while the iron is hot. Who knows - after all - Rage Against The Machine made it to number one last Christmas - so if enough people ................

What a thought !

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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2010 10:22:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2010 10:35:29 GMT
TW365 says:
It's currently available new for 13.95 (from an Amazon seller) but I picked one up last night for 10.50 which is a bit of a steal I thought.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2010 10:27:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2010 10:29:34 GMT
Tweaky, whilst the box contains 3 fine albums, they do appear to be the original versions, not the remasters with bonus tracks. The remasters do sound considerably better, especially Workingman's Dead in my opinion, and you get to hear some more. You should be able to pick them up for about the same money (or less).

This thread still going after 10 mths - what a wonder!

"No one is complaining though,
Come on in and shut the door"

EDIT: Just seen your post Tweaky which went on whilst I was typing - 10.50 was a good bargain - hope you enjoy them.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2010 10:40:39 GMT
TW365 says:
Thanks Cornish. From reading what you and others have recommended, this trilogy seems the perfect introduction to GD. If I get as much out of them as others do, who knows where this could lead to? I may be back for more guidance in the future.

Posted on 27 Feb 2010 18:25:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2010 18:47:31 GMT
Just found this thread and will relate my dealings with the Dead since last autumn, when I asked for some recommendations for great versions of Dark Star, based on a vague knowledge of the Dead in concert based on tape trading.

I got Nightfall of Diamonds, mentioned above, a great album.
Then Dicks Picks Vol. 4, an utterly splendid album. It sounds tremendous on a good system, significantly better sounding than most other live albums out there.
American Beauty, good, but not as good as Workingmans Dead, which was the first Dead album I heard, on vinyl years and years ago, which is magic(although I did not think so then)
Live/Dead was next, the track Elevens is a stunning piece of music which shows what these folks could really hammer out when they were in the "zone".
I have just ordered Terrapin Hartford '77 and Anthem of the Sun, based on the info I picked up in this thread. At least they are not that expensive.

A dangerously prolific band to get interested in, Tweaky.

Posted on 27 Feb 2010 18:53:40 GMT
Good to see the resurrection of this thread. I bought the Steppin' Out In England 1972 4cd live set for a ridiculously low price not long back and was pretty bowled over by the sound quality - plus it's an excellent companion set to the expanded Europe '72. Pretty poignant listening to Pigpen giving it all despite his being presumably in the throes of the disease which would kill him in the not-too-distant future.

Studio-wise I'm sure I haven't heard anything post-Blues For Allah but it would have to be a special album to beat Workingman's Dead which I think is nigh-on flawless - 8 rootsy beauties all wonderfully written, played and sung. I would rate Aoxomoxoa as being near the head of the chasing pack but sadly I've never taken to What's Become Of The Baby - I really think that it was their lone misfire up to that point (but hey, this was 1969 - acid, experimentation etc).

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2010 14:08:44 GMT
TW365 says:
Thanks for the warning smitty, there's a huge number of recordings out there but that's why threads like this one are so helpful. With so much GD material available it would be difficult to know where to start without the help of these knowledgeable peeps.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2010 19:24:41 GMT
Have no fear Tweaky, I'll always try and help - there's very very little official GD material on CD that I do not have as well as a fair amount of unofficial.

"May the four winds blow you safely home"

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2010 22:43:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Feb 2010 23:08:21 GMT
china cat says:
SCH: aye, the baby only makes sense when you're tripping....then you can appreciate its' immaculate conception.
pretty much agree with most of what's gone before; except don't see Eyes of the World as jazzy. Weather Report yes.Got to plug China Doll in any of its forms. also love After Midnight ( Jerry Garcia Band ) live in 1980. A great Sugaree and Catfish John. Love the Terrapin on Hartford 77.

in the end there's just a song

Posted on 1 Mar 2010 00:14:50 GMT
Mr Blackwell says:
And i thought i was doing well with 'The Very Best Of The Grateful Dead',where to start?? bl**dy h*ll this 'To Terrapin' better be good,6.99 for a triple seems like a bargain!

Posted on 4 Mar 2010 21:18:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Mar 2010 21:21:27 GMT
Greysuit says:
Mr B - Once upon a time I used to use the 'Live Dead' album as a benchmark by which to judge other live material.

Whilst 'To Terrapin' has a very different list of tracks (No Dark Star, St Stephen etc.) and it was recorded some 8 years after 'Live Dead' - this is an album that I would hold up against 'Live Dead' as being every bit as good in its own way (and probably a superior sound quality). As you say - for only 6.99 what have you got to lose - and at over 2 hrs (nearly 3 to be more accurate) if you only play it once it works out at a mere 4p per minute ! - cheaper than talking to a friend about it on the telephone !

Although I respect the theory of one man's meat etc ........... I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2010 22:20:59 GMT
It's a cracker, I got it a couple of days ago and have gone right through it a couple of times. Super sound quality and playing all round.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2010 23:12:20 GMT
Mr Blackwell says:
Cheers Mr Greysuit, im lookin' forward to it,have long nursed the urge to commune with the Dead's recorded output ever since a long departed Auntie sent me a Grateful Dead t shirt(2 terrapins? playing guitars) way back in 1980.

as a youthful 18yr old(motorhead/ac/dc/quo etc,nothing less than 11 on the amp days!!), i immediately ran out ,bought Live Dead,hated it,didnt get it,binned it(doh),bugged me for years,everyone rating it,so recently i dipped the toe back in the waters,bought the best of,loved it,maturity is a wonderful thing ha ha,so here's hoping,it was either To Terrapin or the Live at the Pyramid set.

Love the hard sell mr G ,do you work for B.T?

Posted on 4 Mar 2010 23:36:54 GMT
Greysuit says:
I've discovered a slight misrepresentation problem with The Closing Of Winterland, December 31, 1978.

Uncle Bobo announces "Happy New Year" and then the band strikes up with Sugar Magnolia.

Point of order - the gig was recorded on 1 Jan 79 !

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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2010 08:16:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2010 08:19:27 GMT
Just like Jools' show, only the other way 'round. Hootenanny!

Posted on 5 Mar 2010 08:49:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2010 08:50:03 GMT
Glad you guys enjoy the "Winterland Party" - I've had an excellent radio broadcast of that concert called "Thank You Uncle Bobo", (their nickname for Bill Graham), for years, so it's one of the (very few) official recordings I never bought. However I did get the double DVD (amazing with some footage of their support, the genuine Blues Brothers) with a limited CD "New Year's Eves At Winterland.

Grey & Smitty - If you two like "Hartford" that much, I'm gonna have to get their Cornell (8.5.77) concert to both of you.

Posted on 5 Mar 2010 12:56:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2010 20:52:25 GMT
FDJ says:
After recomendations from Cornish and also watching a BBC documentary on the Dead,i am at last starting to warm to them.

Posted on 5 Mar 2010 13:09:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2010 14:44:19 GMT
I have just gone through Anthem of the Sun for the third time since it dropped through the letterbox this morning. It is quite different to the rest of the Dead stuff that I have. The trippy guitar work is great, as is the way it all flows from one thing into another. I can see why Schiz prefers it(the kazoo on one of the tracks nails it for sure).

Posted on 6 Mar 2010 19:34:30 GMT
Just in case anyone is interested this one is coming soon, and should be a good set 3XCD + DVD:

Crimson, White & Indigo: Philadelphia, July 7, 1989

I am waiting to see what the cost will be from Deadnet before ordering - they normally email me about all new releases. Looks as if this one will be simultaneously released in the UK.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2010 20:10:20 GMT
china cat says:
according to www.spincds.com, Crimson white & Indigo is due for release 28/3/10, priced UKP34.99. Also mid-March there's a Road Trips: vol. 3, # 2 live in Austin, Texas, Nov 15, 1971 with a bonus cd, 1st come 1st served, of another night at TCU (Texas Christian Univ?). 24.99 info on their website. presume this is an import - mean anything to you?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2010 20:25:49 GMT
Hi china cat - yes I'm aware of the Road Trip V3No2 - ordered mine from Deadnet exactly a week ago with the bonus CD. For Road Trips, it tends to be cheaper to get them straight from the US rather than Spin ( a company I know well), infact most of the GD family stuff, I get straight from the US. I've had the Winterland '77 box for months with a 10th bonus CD - it hasn't even got a UK release date yet, and when it does, it will only be 9CDs.

By the way if you like the Winterland 73 box, the '77 will blow your socks off.

Just a warning, unless you're desperate for something, be cautious when buying from the US as where the item is worth over 18, VAT is payable + a handling charge of 8 - you need to be aware of exchange rates, but Road Trips come in well under the limit then there's postage - always below the "Newcastle" price though.

Keep growing those sunflowers!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2010 21:04:29 GMT
china cat says:
thanks still got 18 inches of snow round here - perthshire, more likely to sunshine daydream bout visiting Cornish rhodies and magnolias. Any sign of Spring down there - assuming you've not relocated to north ontario.

Posted on 6 Mar 2010 21:45:25 GMT
Sorry you're still out in the Cold Rain & Snow, as we've had a couple of real Sunshine Daydream days. A bit of cloud this afternoon, but wall to wall sunshine and clear blue sky yesterday. There's no Scarlet Begonias in bloom but crocuses and daffodils abound!

Seriously, this has been our worst winter for well over 20 years - a whole week of snow last month, and we don't do snow in Cornwall - the county almost came to a halt for 5 days!!

Hope things improve for you soon.

"May the four winds blow you safely home"
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