"For all the measure of which no man can see...'
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is interesting to find how few people know the identity of the lyricist for the Grateful Dead. And for those that do stumble across his work, many are annoyed that his voice is not simply an echo of the Dead style. A fortunate few bother to really LISTEN, and it is they who are blessed with the presence of Hunter's haunting genius, who find their cup running over with the sheer abundance of his lyrical genius. Anyone who loves words, who has to 'steal a rhythm/cop a rhyme,' in order to make their own harmony, should buy this album and buy his book of the same name (the book is the only official anthology of his lyrics...there do seem to be private, partial ones on-line done as labors of love by people whom Hunter has moved to copy him down, but the one he published has it all and is worth every penny. Nice format end binding, too)."
A wonderful Recording (for people who like it simple)
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On this recording, Hunter lets his song writing do the work. Yes, he doesn't play as well as Jerry Garcia or Bob Dylan, but that is not the point of this record. It is interesting to hear how Hunter imagined these songs when he wrote them. The difference between Hunter's versions, and the Dead's versions make this record a gem."
The Songs...and not the Music...
Arthur C. Hurwitz | New York, NY United States | 03/23/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When this album is good, it is really good, and when it is ok, it is OK. Hunter's version of Box of Rain and Scarlet Begonias are not as musically complex as those of the Grateful Dead, but when Hunter sings, you know that he is singing his songs, and that only he knows exactly what these songs are about.... This is folk music in an older sense, and it is good. When the Grateful Dead recorded and performed Hunter's lyrics, it was more as a conduit to their musical vision. When Hunter performs these songs, howver, he is recreating the song as he initially imagined them. He is singing about what he knows and has experienced."