Grateful Dead - "contemporaneous" live albums poll

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i.e. live albums of material recorded not long before the release

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Europe '72 6
Live/Dead 5
Reckoning 2
Steal Your Face 1
Without a Net 1
Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) 0
History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear's Choice) 0
Dead Set 0
Dylan & The Dead 0


longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 26 July 2019 14:53 (one month ago) link

spoiler: it's Europe '72

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 26 July 2019 14:53 (one month ago) link

Europe '72 is a slight cheat because of the overdubs - and sometimes I prefer this set culled from UK dates on the same tour (it's got the best versions of Comes a Time and Greatest Story Ever Told that I've ever heard):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steppin%27_Out_with_the_Grateful_Dead:_England_%2772

Ward Fowler, Friday, 26 July 2019 14:58 (one month ago) link

fair point

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 26 July 2019 15:05 (one month ago) link

I see that set in my local record shop regularly and have been tempted to get it. So it's worth buying?

Duke, Friday, 26 July 2019 16:14 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 2 August 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

this ought to be between Live/Dead & Europe '72 but I love Reckoning so much. the spare few acoustic sets from 80/81 are just absolutely magic, and Reckoning is just...so many absolutely beautiful renditions of top-shelf tunes! Monkey and the Engineer! The Race Is On! Dark Hollow! Deep Elem Blues, especially, just a slow-burning ripper of a version...I love that album so much. There aren't any journeys into outer space or "Deal" style rave-ups (God, what if they'd done "Deal" though, that would kill in this lineup) but what you get instead is the imaginary bluegrass Dead, the Dead that might have been if Jerry'd been closer to his bluegrass purist roots.

fucking great great record.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 2 August 2019 00:21 (one month ago) link

yeah the Reckoning "Ripple" is my favorite version, the whole album is so placid and understated but it gets into you and never leaves

sleeve, Friday, 2 August 2019 00:28 (one month ago) link

Pretty much a tie between Live/Dead and Europe '72, mostly as they show different eras of the band and the keyboard player does make a difference (Tom Contanten vs. Keith). Live/Dead has the spacerock and Europe '72 the best known versions of a bunch of tunes. I'll probably vote Live/Dead as that is the one I have listened to the most.

These are probably my alternate favorites of these two live records.

Fillmore West 1969
Hundred Year Hall

My problem with 'Reckoning' is a bit like many live big room acoustic records of that era in that the guitars sound really thin. There is some nice harmony singing for the Dead on it though, especially on a couple of the Bobby tunes as I remember.

'EC was Here' is another recent listen where the live acoustic guitars sound pretty thin and it was put together by Tom Dowd.

earlnash, Friday, 2 August 2019 00:35 (one month ago) link

yeah the piezo is audibly in the mix. but...the playing is just spectacular

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 2 August 2019 00:55 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

Sorry I missed this, Without a Net is beautiful. I don’t really count Europe ‘72 as a live album, fwiw

60... 90... 120 Minute IPA (morrisp), Saturday, 3 August 2019 01:02 (one month ago) link

what about kiss alive

brimstead, Saturday, 3 August 2019 02:24 (one month ago) link

🤟

60... 90... 120 Minute IPA (morrisp), Saturday, 3 August 2019 02:35 (one month ago) link

the Reckoning 'Bird Song' shuffled up on a recent road trip and I must have hit repeat 3 times.

campreverb, Sunday, 11 August 2019 16:02 (one month ago) link

yeah i wish there were more examples of exploratory acoustic Dead (as opposed to more folk/blues/bluegrass acoustic Dead). Love that unplugged Bird Song.

tylerw, Sunday, 11 August 2019 17:48 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Tyler -- I've been listening a lot to Harpur College 1970 and the whole first part of it is an acoustic set.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 13 September 2019 17:43 (one week ago) link


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