April 10, 2009

The Dead Are About to Start Their Tour

And the New York Times has found the Grateful Dead.

While the discussion is fun I'm not sure trying to pick their best show is ultimately productive; there were so many great ones.

Barton Hall, 5-8-77, is certainly a great listen. From ambiance to music 9/2/72 in Veneta, Or is my favorite. Perhaps the Sunshine Daydream videos will get a real release some day.

A mostly unnoted favorite of mine is 9-2-83, Boise, Idaho. Yea, another September 2nd show...go figure.

They had just spent 3 night in Eugene playing in the small Hult Center (great acoustics) and just exploded from beginning to end in the much larger Boise State Pavilion.

Update (4/10): You can pre-order downloads of all the shows on the tour; even all 29 shows as complete sets in either MP3 or FLAC. I can't afford the whole set this year but I will pick up at least a couple shows for the library.

Update 2 (4/10): A nice story on the Wall of Sound.

Posted by Steve on April 10, 2009

The price for the flac downloads is really good, but there's no way I'd pre-order a show that hasn't happened yet. I'll wait till the best 4 or 5 are narrowed down, then cut that to 1 or 2.

Posted by Kim at April 11, 2009 8:51 AM

Agreed, I thought that was pretty crazy.

I used to to lean toward completist with respect to the GD but no way with TD.

Posted by Steve at April 11, 2009 9:58 AM
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