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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Grateful Dead: Pacific Northwest '73-'74: Believe It If You Need It

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Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux long ago proved himself a past master at formulating composites of performancess based on more expansive releases from the iconic band's vault. Going back to the triple set culled from The Complete Recordings Fillmore West 1969 (Grateful Dead/Rhino, 2005) to its companion piece double set from Europe '72: The Complete Recordings (Rhino, 2011). The archivist has shown himself intimately familiar with the group's music, allowing him to pick and choose tracks (here from May and ...

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Anthem Of The Sun 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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In an essay dense with historical detail and rich in provocative allusions, Steve Silberman accurately and vividly recounts the sequence of events involved in the original production of the Grateful Dead's second studio album Anthem of the Sun. The writer recounts a herculean task, the comparable likes of which has resulted in this 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. Continuing the series of milestone editions initiated last year with the group's eponymous debut. this double CD set is comprised of both the ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

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Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter in the Grateful Dead's Long Strange Trip Joel Selvin with Pamela Turley 288 Pages ISBN: #978-0306903052 Da Capo Press 2018 Joel Selvin's Fare Thee Well may end up equally parts enlightening and disillusioning for whoever reads it. Drawing upon his coverage of the Grateful Dead over the early course of their history, in collaboration with Atlanta freelancer Pamela Turley to glean her insight into events of more ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Grateful Dead: The Best of the Grateful Dead Live

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A companion piece to 2015's similarly-titled compendium of studio recordings, The Best of the Grateful Dead Live may be likewise redundant for long-time fans of the iconic group. But it is well to remember there are many new listeners and followers, many of whom are helping sell-out Dead & Company tours of recent years, for whom this cross section of live recordings can function as an accurate point of departure for the purpose of delving deeply into the concert canon ...

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Listening For The Secret: The Grateful Dead And The Politics Of Improvisation

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Listening For The Secret: The Grateful Dead And The Politics Of Improvisation Ulf Olsson 184 Pages ISBN: 978-0520286641 University of California Press 2017 The Grateful Dead, possibly the most heavily documented band ever, was under one form of microscope or another from its inception in Palo Alto, California in 1965. Music critics, academics, the FBI, all have attempted to understand the cultural phenomenon that was The Grateful Dead--and in doing so it seems, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Grateful Dead: RFK Stadium 1989 Box

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Not nearly the rare or expansive likes of Get Shown The Light (Grateful Dead/Rhino, 2017), including the vaunted Cornell '77 concert, The Grateful Dead's RFK Stadium 1989 Box is nevertheless a deceptively lavish box set (note the gold foil adorning the band's moniker on the front cover). Perhaps because it is now one of a string of titles documenting in both audio and video the collective strength and consistency of the band during this period of their history--Truckin' Up to ...

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Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall

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Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall Peter Conners 232 Pages ISBN: #150170432X Cornell University Press 2017 If it strains the credulity of even the most devout Deadhead that a whole book has been devoted to a single show of this iconic band, it may be even more startling that Peter Conners validates the concept with the combination of his skewed sense of ...

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Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead Motion Picture Soundtrack

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At a glance, there's appears a dearth of rarities on the three compact disc version of the soundtrack to Amir Bar-Lev's documentary of the Grateful Dead Long Strange Trip. But a closer look reveals the approximate playing time of the seven previously unissued tracks is approximately seventy-four minutes in total, practically full-length playing time for a CD. And, not surprisingly, given the expanse of footage in The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead, the range of material is as varied ...

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Grateful Dead: Cornell '77

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Although an entire book has been published on the phenomenon, Peter Conners' The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall (Cornell UniversityPress, 2017), in his own essay for the booklet in the three-CD package, UCLA archivist Nicholas G. Meriwether offers an excellent summary of the various threads in the story of the Grateful Dead's Cornell '77 appearance, the profundity of which may still escape the comprehension of both fans and non-fans, even if ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Fathom Events Presents "The Grateful Dead Movie"

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Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead Movie Fathom Events 2017 2017's Grateful Dead “Meet-Up at the Movies" was comprised of a number of disparate elements, the amalgamation of which, in a fashion typical of this iconic band, carried a logic all its own. This multi-leveled presentation by Fathom Events may or may not have been lost on the nearly-capacity audience in South Burlington, Vermont's Palace 9 Theater--there was, after all, scant recognition of the significance of ...