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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
This review relates only to the vinyl format. Warning! I would rate this music five stars and believe that 1973 is the gold standard. So, I am not one of those one star reviewers who have no understanding of the music and are angry because the music is not as good as that of their favorite artist, say, Justin Beiber. I also listen on pretty good gear, including Wilson Watt-Puppy speakers. I am a huge GD fan, owning almost every commercial release including the entire Dick's Picks series on CD. I usually prefer vinyl over a digital format, believing that the former delivers a degree of realism that is simply not present in the latter. My problem with this release and Dick's Picks II is that, as stated on the box, but conveniently omitted from the product description, "This album has been digitally remastered from the compact disk version which was remastered directly from the original quarter track 7 1/2 ips analog tape." The only reason that I purchased this item is because, all other things being equal, analog delivers a more soulful representation of the original performance. Copying a recording from an inferior source does not improve the quality of the sound. You simply get the worst of both worlds. Who needs a copy of a copy when you can own the "original" copy. If anyone reading these comments can enlighten me as to a valid reason this release exists, other than outright greed, I would be interested in knowing and would consider withdrawing this review or raising my rating. If the original tapes are damaged or missing, why bother with a vinyl release.I feel that I was suckered into spending 80 bucks.