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listen  1. Sugar Magnolia [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 7:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Scarlet Begonias [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]11:56Album Only
listen  3. Fire On The Mountain [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]13:17Album Only
listen  4. Me And My Uncle [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Big River [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 7:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Friend Of The Devil [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]10:44Album Only
listen  7. It's All Over Now [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 8:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Stagger Lee [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 7:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. From The Heart Of Me [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sunshine Daydream [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Samson And Delilah [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 9:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ramble On Rose [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 9:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Need A Miracle [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]11:17Album Only
listen14. Terrapin Station [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]12:27Album Only
listen15. Playing In The Band [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]13:12Album Only
listen16. Rhythm Devils [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]19:29Album Only
listen17. Not Fade Away [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]19:35Album Only
listen18. Around And Around [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 9:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Dark Star [1] [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]11:53Album Only
listen20. The Other One [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Dark Star [2] [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Wharf Rat [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]11:08Album Only
listen23. St. Stephen [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 7:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Good Lovin' [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978]11:01Album Only
listen25. Casey Jones [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Johnny B. Goode [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 7:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. We Bid You Goodnight [Live at Winterland, December 31, 1978] 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (December 16, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • ASIN: B00011CYKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Who better to close out the Bay's ultimate rock destination than the Dead? No band was more closely associated with Bill Graham's fabled venue; their farewell to Winterland was one of the most magical nights of their long, strange trip, and here's almost every note from their three sets. Includes Big River; Stagger Lee; St. Stephen; Dark Star; Casey Jones; Fire on the Mountain; I Need a Miracle; Rhythm Devils; Johnny B. Goode; Terrapin Station; The Other One; Scarlet Begonias; Friend of the Devil over four hours!

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best Grateful Dead CDs ever.
Åsmund Svensson
If you were going to buy just one Greatful Dead recording, this one is it!
Les Wynn
I've always considered "Europe '72" to be my favorite Dead live album.
Richard D. Hodgson

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on February 10, 2004
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The Dead acknowledge the imminent closing of the decrepit Winterland venue with this five-hour New Years Eve musical extravaganza, which has been thoughtfully and carefully preserved in a well-packaged four CD set. The sound quality is flawless, having been translated in HDCD format, and boasts crisp treble and deep, rich bass. Everybody is in top form, and what I like to refer to as the nucleus of Jerry, Phil, Mickey, and Bill interact on such a sophisticated harmonic and rhythmic level, that it appears that they can read one another's minds. In fact, even the photographs in the CD booklet attest to the fact that they clearly enjoyed playing together. The set starts off on CD 1 with a very nice Sugar Magnolia>Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain and then the band cheerily chugs through a number of concert favorites and a few other pieces from the (at the time) recently released Shakedown Street. As things progress, the band stretches out and the jams become really interesting, with the virtuosic interplay between Jerry and Phil driving it all along. The highlight for me is the 25 minute Terrapin Station>Playing in the Band on CD 2. On Playing in the Band in particular, Jerry unleashes a rapid fire torrent of notes on his guitar that is so dense that it completely surrounds the listener like a heavy rain. Things get even looser and a bit more raw on CD 4 with the Dark Star>The Other One>Dark Star>Wharf Rat>St. Stephen jam. At points in this lengthy workout, Phil's bass playing gets very loud and aggressive and oh, does it sound great! The Closing of Winterland has captured the ecstatic and celebratory mood of the event so effectively that it is readily conveyed to people like me who were not even there (I was suffering through a New England winter). This is a very special recording that should be considered indispensable to any fan of the Dead. Highly recommended.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Courtlandt Smith on January 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard this was over twenty years ago when a cousin bought a bootleg triple album version. Shortly thereafter, he passed away and its been a prized part of my collection ever since. However, being an album, this meant great songs sometimes stretch from side to side or fade out just when you know the good stuff is kicking in. Well, this includes it all and the sound is great! Its a great representation of a period where the band is at the pinnacle of their abilities with concise, sharp playing as opposed to some of the experimental "you had to be there" that came before and the sadly sludge type playing on many later outings. Sure, its a bit of a greatest hits for those seeking the obscure, but this was a party for the end of an era and the fun is evident in the playing.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Baker on March 3, 2004
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The CD soundtrack to the outstanding DVD of the same name stands alone as one of the finest releases ever of the Grateful Dead in concert. The Dead were at the top of their game on this night, the playing is inspired and the set lists are woven together as well as a grandmother's quilt. Among the highlights is arguably the best "I Need a Miracle" jam ever with Matthew Kelly adding blues harp. More standout performances include "Dark Star", "Big River" and a raucous "Ramble on Rose". This show is a must for Dead Heads and a worthwhile introduction for anyone who wants to know how and why there was nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Åsmund Svensson on February 25, 2004
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This is one of the best Grateful Dead CDs ever. Ranked as one of the top ten shows in Grateful Dead's history, there's no doubt that this CD is a "must have" for fans and newcomers alike. The date is December 31st 1978. It's New Year's Eve, and The Dead has gotten the honourable task to be the last band to ever perform at this ramshackle ice rink called Winterland.
Kicking off with "Sugar magnolia" only seconds after midnight, The Dead keep on playing and playing and playing 'til the morning comes. Bill Graham forced the band to play three sets plus two encores. People, who were there, have told that it was morning when they went home! The ticket actually included breakfast! The Dead played one of their longest concerts ever, if not the longest.
After the opener "Sugar magnolia", "Scarlet begonias" and "Fire on the mountain" (the combination often known as "Scarlet fire") followed, before they went into two favourite covers, "Me and my uncle" and Johnny Cash's "Big river". The first set also included rare songs like "Stagger Lee" and "From the heart of me", the latter sung by Donna Godchaux. "Terrapin station", Playing in the band", a 20-minute "Not fade away" and Chuck Berry's "Around and around" highlighted the second set. The boys announced they would be back for a third set (something they hadn't done since 1973)! And what a set? It was all back to the late 60s and early 70s.
It all opened with the crowd pleaser "Dark star", a song they hadn't played in San Francisco for 1535 days, according to a banner amongst the audience. In fact, they hadn't played the song since their "Farewell shows" at Winterland, October 1974. No wonder why people got nuts. The band swept through "The other one" before returning for an instrumental second verse of "Dark star".
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of the grateful dead for a few years and i own about 150cd's. This was my first grateful dead dvd buy (because it is also offered in dvd) and let me tell you i am not sorry for it. I am a young fan of the dead at almost 21 years old so i never got to see them in concert with jerry so i figured this would be a good pickup to visually see what they were all about in concert rather than just listening and as i said above it was a good buy. This concert took place on new years eve of 1978 which is a peak era of the band. This was the last concert performed in the winterland arena and it includes a great set list filled with many long jams and short ones too. In my opinion this is a great pickup in either cd or dvd for the hardcore dead fan or a casual fan that wants to explore more of what this band is all about live.
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