Tanner C. from CEDAR FALLS, IA Reviewed on 9/14/2006...
Only have disc one at this moment
nick g black | London, England United Kingdom | 11/30/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"It's amazing how history gets quickly forgotten. At the time of its release this album created a stink - even the band disowned it as a poor record of their "closing week" in Winterland, 1974, when it seemed as if the Dead was heading for retirement.It does not stand up well at all. No thrill, passion, excitement, and a bizarre choice of material given the wealth of good performances from the same run of shows. Lacklustre sums it up. If you have seen the Grateful Dead movie, this is from the same era. And traditionally it rates as the poorest ever official release by the Dead.Not a fitting memnorial. You have, thankfully, a whole host of better material to choose from. Same era? Look at Dicks Picks , the Boston 1974 show. Avoid this."
Not for everyone, but still Dead stuff
bobsay | Musashino, Tokyo Japan | 10/20/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The reviews so far seem to be split regarding song choice, sound quality, and performance. I think the song choice is pretty good, in the sense that some of the selections are hard to find on other live albums; not exactly "greatest hit" material, as some other reviewers have said, but interesting. Regarding sound quality, it's not exactly the best recording that I've ever heard, but was nevertheless acceptable for me. But I'm not all that picky in the sound quality department anyways. Performancewise, they do sound a little tired, but heck, they're still the Dead at their prime!"
It's NOT that bad!
Mike Bennett | Lawrence, Ks USA | 11/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm no deadhead, I'm just a fan who spends about 45% of my day studying Dead history, Dead facts, looking for old rare live shows, fingering Dead songs on guitar, bass, and occasionally drums, and looking for any Dead tribute bands playing within 100 miles of my city. I've never seen the Dead live though, that's the reason I am not a Dead head, however I have heard over 100 live dead shows (www.archive.org) and this live album is good! Most people say they sound tired, and lazy, well cry me a river, it's the Grateful Dead, just a bunch of guys trying to have a good time with a crowd full of people tryin to dance to this music. The Dead are not clean cut young men who are classically trained (besides phil) to sing or play there instruments, or let alone harmonize. Good lord, the dead are horrible at harmonizing, but Bob Dylan can't sing, play more than 5 chords in a song, or play harmonica, but he's made something of himself. Fans are judging the Dead too harsh. Let up, these are the same group of hippies that traveled the country with Ken Kesey, intaking Acid by the ton."