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Grateful Dead: Ready Or Not

Read "Ready Or Not" reviewed by Doug Collette

The curators of the Grateful Dead's Ready Or Not have done the band a favor in producing this title. The band's own attempts were futile in recording a studio followup to Built to Last (Arista, 1989), but the group nonetheless kept composing new material and playing it in concert during their final years of touring. Captured from the stage between 1992 and 1995 at various locations by engineers Dan Healy and John Cutler (then mastered by David Glasser), ...

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Grateful Dead: Saint of Circumstance: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, 6/17/91 (3CD)

Read "Saint of Circumstance: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, 6/17/91 (3CD)" reviewed by Doug Collette

Hearing Grateful Dead's Saint of Circumstance is a significantly different experience than seeing it. Both the audio and video recordings of Giants Stadium June 17, 1991 are part of a larger box set, appropriately subtitled Shall We Go, You and I, While We Can? (Rhino, 2019). But the film, featured as last year's annual 'Meetup at the Movies' theatrical screenings, posits a Jerry Garcia in marked contrast to the figure of years just prior, as captured, for instance, on Crimson ...

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The Doors: The Soft Parade - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Read "The Soft Parade - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

The 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Doors' The Soft Parade might well be reconfigured to a great degree without sacrificing its multi-configuration format. In doing so, this milestone package would then even more vividly depict this turbulent period in the iconic band's history. Even as it is, however, the existing combination of compact disc and vinyl brings clarity to a controversial entry in the Doors' early discography. Given that the previously-unreleased content on CD two runs roughly ...

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Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority 50th anniversary Remix

Read "Chicago Transit Authority 50th anniversary Remix" reviewed by Doug Collette

In what is perhaps a tacit admission of limited sales potential (and in turn the low profit margin on music in physical formats), on the 50th Anniversary Remix of Chicago's debut album (often known as CTA, there is no info in any form detailing the technical process of this sound enhancement. A single sentence on the Rhino label's site is identical to that which appears on the band's own web-page, one that might well have appeared somewhere within the replication ...

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Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

Read "Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience" reviewed by John Kelman

First things first. For all but the most committed of fans, knowledge of what transpired, how it transpired and when it transpired at the now-legendary 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair has, despite a variety of initial, 25th and 40th Anniversary audio and video releases, been severely limited. As engaging, entertaining and well-constructed as these various snapshots have been of the event dubbed “Three Days of Peace and Music," the variety of releases to date have ranged from absolute truth ...

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Eagles: Legacy

Read "Legacy" reviewed by Doug Collette

Sometimes a gift box is just a gift box and that's certainly true of Eagles' Legacy. Not to disparage its ample resources, this is not quite the definitive history of these commercial kingpins of the Seventies. But then, there's never been one, at least in any format similar to this: Selected Works (Elektra, 2000) comes close, but, in keeping with its title, the thematic collation of music on CDs curtails its comprehensive historical potential, as do the alternately fawning and ...

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The Doors: Waiting For The Sun 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Read "Waiting For The Sun 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

Even though it was just a year after their resounding debut, The Doors (Elektra, 1967) and a followup of sizable, if slightly lesser magnitude, Strange Days (Elektra, 1967)--arguably the stronger of the first two records out only months apart the same year--the bloom was off the rose for the Doors by the time 1968 rolled around, creatively if not commercially. Indeed, much of the mystery within and around the Doors was gone by their third album Waiting For The Sun, ...


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