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Old 01-09-2020, 05:08 AM   #91 (permalink)
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Nice "Are you a bot?" test, Plankton! Unfortunately I failed as I was sure the dog in the central photo was actually Bob Weir! Luckily, though, I still have access to that essential Dead album: American Beauty. More than most bands, they got it so right on just one album that nothing in their discography comes close imo.

Although there is of course the legendary Dark Star, and any aspiring Dead Head should be able, not only to pass Plankton's test, but also to answer these questions without recourse to the link below which has the answers:-

When did G Dead first play Dark Star in concert?
How many artists have covered Dark Star live?
Which band has played Dark Star more times than G Dead have?
How many total times has Dark Star been performed by any artist, ever?

https://www.setlist.fm/stats/songs/g...song=Dark+Star
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Old 01-09-2020, 07:12 AM   #92 (permalink)
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Old 12-22-2020, 01:27 PM   #93 (permalink)
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I like all their years including the current Dead & Company. But yes, Brent was incredible.
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Old 08-31-2021, 05:32 AM   #94 (permalink)
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Hm, well, I see the Dead don’t get much love around here. This thread already died like two or three times, from what I see

As I discovered and fell in love with them just in the last couple of months, I thought I might share some of this love here.

I actually never listened to them before. I mean, I knew they existed only because my father had a copy of American Beauty and played it from time to time. So up until this year (or the end of the last one) I’ve only heard stuff like Friend Of The Devil, Candyman and Box Of Rain. Oh, and Casey Jones – I loved this one when I was a kid – the opening lyrics will be forever carved in my memory.

Some time ago I saw there’s a documentary on Netflix titled „The Other One – The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir”, and as I’ve already watched all of the other music documentaries available there. And here it began. When I’ve heard Jack Straw playing in the background I became absolutely amazed with their music and skill. To be true Jack Straw became my favourite song (I don’t listen to it that much nowadays – but it still touches some deep feelings each time I play it; it was also the first song I asked my guitar teacher to show me how to play).

I never knew that the Dead were so heavily linked to the Acid Tests, Kessey and the others. I knew that they were a hippie band, that’s better live than on records, but I never knew even half of the stuff that happened with them.

I came to really like Bob Weir. Apart from his absurdly good guitar skill, he seemed like a really accomplished, satisfied with his life aging rock star. Most of the old rock’n’roll guard seem to me like they want to act like they’re still 20 our something, when that shouldn’t be the point. And Weir aged in such a manner that instantly made me respect him (and I hoped that one day, when I’ll be 70, I’d age in a similar manner – with dignity and a sense of accomplishment, acceptance of my age).

I first started with American Beauty and Workingmen’s Dead – just to remind myself of what were those records about. And then I went straight away to searching bootlegs, love recordings, etc, knowing that the albums were probably of lesser quality (as everyone said).
The Europe `72 tour blew my mind. As well as the show at Cornell University, and many other tracks from the Dick’s Picks series. I’m not that much of a fan of the Live/Dead album, though from what I’ve heard it’s much revered by many Dead fans. The album just seemed to me too chaotic, uneven. I remember when I played it to my ex-girlfriend and she asked me to turn it off, and asked whether it was one of my band’s acid jams. Though I must say that when I was alone, turned off the lights, smoked a lot of hashish, Live/Dead was quite the astounding listen.

Then I listened to all the studio albums, and as predicted I didn’t like them that much – the live renditions seemed to have much more energy and swag to them – and that’s true for all but one album, that being Blues For Allah.
Damn, what a record.
Help On The Way was my next favourite thing ever. I mean, the melody and playing is great, and Garcia sings in such an angelic voice and gentle manner that it completely blew my mind.

I’ve never listened so far to any of the latter configurations of the Dead (after Garcia’s death), the Furthur, Dead&Company, etc. Is it worth a go?
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Yeah, the Dead (They may have been the Warlocks then) were very much involved with Ken Kesey. They were more or less the house band during the Acid Tests.


Can't say I really got that deep into the Dead except for the two 1970 albums, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. Those two albums are incredible.
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I’ve never listened so far to any of the latter configurations of the Dead (after Garcia’s death), the Furthur, Dead&Company, etc. Is it worth a go?
My interest in the Grateful Dead stops around 1978, so I can't give any recommendations beyond that point in time but if you like their live performances and you're not yet aware of this site, you might want to check it out...

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Can't say I really got that deep into the Dead except for the two 1970 albums, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. Those two albums are incredible.
They are. Though I was never quite into Workingman’s Dead that much.

If you haven’t checked out their other stuff, and you might be interested then listen to

1. Jack Straw - 1972 Paris version (the Copenhagen one from the same tour is great as well, but slightly faster)

2. China Cat Sunflower - also 1972

3. Help on the Way - either the album version or the live 77 from the Dick’s Picks series, they’re pretty similar, though on the studio version the vocals are more up front

4. Row Jimmy - from the Cornell University Concert

5. Dancing in the Street - a great cover, also from Cornell

6. Bird Song - 1972 Veneta, Oregon (that’s a solo Garcia song, but they included it to their live sets ever since the release)

And then go from there




„Estimated Prophet” from Cornell is amazing too
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Hmmm...more like what period didn't I like?

60's - 70's - 80's were all good.
They were mainly active in the 60s and 70s though.
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But anyway, I do dig their Shakedown Street album though, and they sound pretty great, especially "Fire on the mountain", I even love plenty of the obscure songs they have on it such as "France" for example.
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