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.