This 1980 live acoustic collection may be off the beaten path, but it's a worthy addition for anyone who wants to explore the Dead's musical roots more thoroughly. Laced with folk, country, and bluegrass influences, Reckoning showcases Jerry Garcia's crisp acoustic flat picking as well as the band's warm vocal harmonies. Traditional blues and folk songs intermingle with an assortment of Dead originals, many of which are featured in reworked acoustic arrangements for the first time. For those familiar only with the intensity and endless groove of electric Dead, this pure, honest, heartfelt recording will be a revelation. --Marc Greilsamer
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(kkg-ct) from NEW FAIRFIELD, CT
Reviewed on 11/13/2018...
The conversion from a casual fan to a appreciative listener started with this on the Walkman. Casey Jones aside , had not been exposed to the subtle roots influence. Had not envisioned jamming roots music style and the almost delicate string work Jerry offered. And yes , I would rather be in some cold dark hallow in the hills then in a room in the city dreaming of a girl. Hill ballads , hard luck and haunting play your reward....and the girl with the ribbons in her hair awaits ....