Reviews for The Grateful Dead

ferevervinyl

The Grateful Dead ferevervinyl

July 12, 2022
Back in the 70's & 80's, all my friends were into the Grateful Dead. Me not so much. Oh I liked some songs, but just wasn't a 'Dead Head'. Then a friend of mine "miracled" me a ticket to a show. That show opened up with a twenty minute version of "Gimme Good Lovin". I was hooked. That was 1986. Here's a band that didn't put out an album for almost 8 years, but sold out every show wherever they went. Simply amazing. Since then, I've acquired about a dozen of their records. My 'go to' album is always their very first record The Grateful Dead - The Grateful Dead. I was so blown away by that first concert in 1986, that I haven't cut my hair since... and never will.
bubcentral

The Grateful Dead bubcentral

November 28, 2021
A band I've tried to like and discover why they're so loved, I've listened to a lot of their stuff now and.... nope, doesn't do it for me in the slightest. Jefferson airplane, Quicksilver messenger service all much better examples of the true hippy scenes music.
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Texasbear

The Grateful Dead Texasbear

June 7, 2022
Skambankaren
If the track Box of rain doesnt do anytning for you, you are not a functional human being. Simple as that.

This Country could be fixed if American’s GOP was forced to listen to this until it was ingrained into their skulls!
Texasbear

The Grateful Dead Texasbear

June 7, 2022
Like the time Grace Slick got drunk and said some really offensive stuff to a German audience? This can’t be a serious comment. I would say that Even a less than stellar Grateful Dead show was still a good show. I don’t remember anything like this happening at any show I ever saw. Granted there are some songs by Jefferson Airplane that I like and they also appeared on the same bill with The Grateful Dead for shows, but I can think of other bands that are much better examples.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Big Brother and the Holding Co., and even The Mama’s and The Papa’s had more of a Hippy style to their music. It may be that I’m not a huge fan of Grace Slick, especially after her pitiful comment "All rock-and-rollers over the age of 50 look stupid and should retire." Mick Jagger is still putting on one hell of a show and Keith Richards is going to out live us all! I do however like Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna.

It’s just unbelievable how Jefferson Airplane , then finally Starship went from songs like “Want Somebody to Love” to Top 40 hits with songs like “We Built This City” and “Nothings Gonna Stop Us!” I have read that she’s straitened out her life now and good for her for getting her life together, and she regrets a lot of the nasty things that she did over the years, but it’s sad that she basically caused Jefferson Airplane to CRASH!
drewrah

The Grateful Dead drewrah

May 19, 2022
jefferson airplane oh my goodness . . . . .
obigami

The Grateful Dead obigami

May 4, 2022
It seems like this person is listening to them in the context of the late sixties San Francisco sound or whatever. not realizing they outlasted that whole scene and peaked in the seventies
Skambankaren

The Grateful Dead Skambankaren

April 6, 2022
If the track Box of rain doesnt do anytning for you, you are not a functional human being. Simple as that.
heelsss

The Grateful Dead heelsss

February 9, 2022
Why even come here to say this? People listening to the dead likely aren't looking for "examples of the true hippy scenes music" anyway... if that's your goal, you're already missing the point.
Duprees

The Grateful Dead Duprees

December 26, 2021
"They're not the best at what they do, they're the only ones that do what they do." -- Bill Graham

"There's a certain kind of person... that likes what we do. Like there's certain kind of people that like licorice, or certain kind of people who like buttermilk or something. And it might not be something that everybody likes but there are a certain kind of people that really do like it." -- Jerry Garcia

If you're really interested in knowing what the Dead is about, listen to a Dick's Picks from 1973/1974, or to the Cornell 5/8/77 show. If you still don't like it, then the Grateful Dead is not for you, and that's OK. I like the Airplane just fine, but musically they were nothing to the Grateful Dead at its peak.
steve_o66

The Grateful Dead steve_o66

November 30, 2021
I'd suggest some live stuff from different eras but since you felt it necessary to share that useless opinion here I won't waste my time.
Texasbear

The Grateful Dead Texasbear

December 25, 2019
The Grateful Dead was a huge part of my life and it still is to this day. There’s nothing like seeing them “Live”, which is now impossible. The parking lot experience was an incredible experience in itself and for a few summers after I graduated 2 years early from High School than I was suppose to, I followed them up and down the East Coast. I managed to save up some money and see a couple of shows on the West Coast as well. The only Midwest show I was fortunate enough to see was the August 11th 1987 show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre,

Between their hiatus’s and side projects I was very lucky to see The Jerry Garcia Band play the Hampton Coliseum, a favorite stop for The Dead. Sadly, this would be the last time I would got the opportunity to see Jerry Garcia play “Live” before his untimely death on August 9th 1995. He was 53 years old. I saw The Grateful Dead play a total of 26 times and The JGB play only once! I was living in Norfolk VA at the time and before leaving the area in 2000 to move to Texas, I got to see Bob Weir and Ratdog play the Norva in Downtown Norfolk. I saw several Phish shows and Widespread Panic shows as well during the late 90s, but The Grateful Dead was the best performances of them all. It’s was just an incredible experience and there was no other experience to compare to seeing them live and interacting with complete strangers that you would eventually get to know. I’m still in contact with a few of the people that I met and became friends with during this incredible time in my life!

I might be going to hell in s bucket, but at least I’m enjoying the ride!

Texasbear
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LinzBinz

The Grateful Dead LinzBinz

April 11, 2021
Great post! 1> Which Hampton shows did you see? I love 88 and 89 (Warlocks!), 2>Red Rocks isn't in the Midwest. 3>Did you got to FTW? because it was the same old vibe for 3 days.
Champco

The Grateful Dead Champco

April 5, 2018
Ok Not a Dead head never was never could be but I, as many, have heard them over the years. I did buy one of their albums in the mid/late 70's when it came out. Steal Your Face. I had heard lots of their stuff played here and there but was not buying it. Some songs i really did like. So after going thru all the music I picked in a garage sale, i am just now playing Workingman's Dead.
ok All the stuff I do like is on this album. It's a keeper... never too old to learn
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jawnh

The Grateful Dead jawnh

July 8, 2022
Dead Set actually did a fairly decent job of capturing the live experience and a lot of people really like Live Dead. Steal Your Face not as much.
Texasbear

The Grateful Dead Texasbear

June 7, 2022
Yes indeed, Blues for Allah is another masterpiece by this incredible band! If you listen to this album and don’t like it or can’t find anything on it that you have to hear again, then you shouldn’t be listening to anything but Classical Music or Yanni! I have a few of the Dicks Picks, but I thought I would wait until they where all released at once. Boy was that a huge mistake. I never thought the number of titles would grow so high.

I do have the HDCD version of Infrared Roses and I love that album. It’s one that some people don’t like, but it’s a very good recording. I also love how The Grateful Dead where ahead of other bands by releasing HDCD which is the first form of High Resolution music for home playback. I bought a HDCD player without really realizing what it meant at the time and it’s like Night and Day for some CDs.
Texasbear

The Grateful Dead Texasbear

June 7, 2022
It’s not just the music that made this band so incredible, but it’s the parking lot experience, the kindness of complete strangers and the music is incredible as well. I wasn’t a fan until I was invited to go see them live in 1988 and it was like the best experience I have ever had in my life. It’s just an unbelievable experience that only can be experienced by going to a Phish show, but even as much as I love Phish and have seen them multiple times before this pandemic, it’s not exactly the same experience. It wasn’t even about the drugs either, it was about making friends, meeting people from all over the country and then finale seeing an incredible concert experience.

I agree that “Steal Your Face” isn’t exactly the best album to consider when listening to this “once in a lifetime band.” I would think that my favorite albums start with “Wake Of The Flood” and move forward from that album. It was the first time that I ever heard The Grateful Dead and it was also when they got out of their contract with Warner Brothers Records. I still love their first albums, but they are not my first experience with this legendary band. “Terrapin Station” is a great album as well. It’s my opinion that it’s hard to get the true feel of any band from a Live album.

I never thought that I would be a deadhead either, but it’s not the only music I listen to. I love music and I would give up TV for music. I’ve seen everything from Duran Duran, The Dead Kennedys, Fugazi, Hüsker Dü, to Dolly Parton and Cher, the Farewell Tour that lasted like 3 years. The Dolly and Cher shows where because my husband is older than I am and he is into Country music. He’s the reason why I left Norfolk VA to live in Texas 23yrs ago. It seems like it’s only been a few years , but it’s been 23yrs now. I wouldn’t change anything about the way my life has been lived and what I’ve seen and done since I was a kid.
chilismaug

The Grateful Dead chilismaug

December 16, 2021
Workingman's and American Beauty have pretty much the peak Dead. After that they certainly did some good tunes but I'd says it's about 1 or 2 per album with lots of stuff not as digestible for anyone outside the deadhead world. Here on Discogs you have the deadhead collectors posting every random release is for sale.
GastX

The Grateful Dead GastX

April 11, 2021
Reckoning is a good accoustic album.  From the same shows, Dead Set is the electric part.
For more acoustic material from the same shows, Grateful Dead Productions are also selling The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80.
LinzBinz

The Grateful Dead LinzBinz

April 11, 2021
Try "Reckoning" 1980. It's an acoustic live album that will blow your mind.
GastX

The Grateful Dead GastX

November 29, 2018
The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack, recorded 1974, is one of the most easy, clean and complete introduction to this band live from '60's to '1975. Add a live recording from 1978 or better, 1977, and this will be enough for an introductory look to the live history. 
For the studio, the two albums from 1970, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, mostly folk, blues, and traditional, are a very nice pair.
vinylbaba

The Grateful Dead vinylbaba

November 27, 2018
"Steal Your Face" is a really BAD Live album. Also NONE of the Studio albums represents the Grateful Dead really.
If you want to be safe go for any of their Fillmore East or old Portchester shows!
reisteter.joel

The Grateful Dead reisteter.joel

June 5, 2018
Steal Your Face is a very weak release. The (still) running joke is *Steal Your Money*. It was a rip-off. If you bought Blues For Allah, the previous release, you'd more than likely be a Dead Head after listening to that studio recording, or just a "committed casual fan." The best live recordings are the Dick's Picks, Road Trips and the current Dave's Picks series. The live recordings from the late '60's and most of the '70's are the ones you should look for.
element-apart

The Grateful Dead element-apart

December 9, 2017
Wow...GD blocked the sale of all the bootlegs. What a shame since its the only thing really worth collecting besides the new live Rhino releases
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heelsss

The Grateful Dead heelsss

December 13, 2017
I noticed they blocked the sale of most bootlegs, I was just looking at a Television bootleg from my collection and came here for more info and it said the sales on the LP were blocked... wonder what initiated the crackdown