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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This CD did not receive five stars from me simply because some of the later Dick's Picks recordings are even more perfect. If you are not sure which Grateful Dead CD to purchase....get this one. The Dick's Picks series is the way to go.
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on December 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm rather dumbfounded to see absoulutely no glowing reviews of this album. Maybe it's because I'm fairly new to the Dead and the whole Dick's Picks series and haven't been exposed to the supposedly better versions that exist of the songs here, but out of the three picks I own so far (this one, 15, and 16), this is actually my favorite, although Volume 16 is pretty strong too. The band seems to be in a really chill, laid-back mood on this night and really puts together some impressive jams. Highlights include pretty much all of the material from Wake of the Flood, "Playin' in the Band," and the jam right before "Stella Blue" (probably the single trippiest thing I've heard out of the Dead so far).

Both discs seem about the same to me as far as quality goes; the first disc is mostly songs played on their own while the second is a big, long jam with a classic rock cover at the end. "Big River" and "Around and Around" are the only tracks that I feel the need to skip from time to time, but both are still played with a lot of spirit. The songs themselves just get on my nerves if I'm in a certain mood (which actually isn't all that frequently). I've seen used copies of this selling for fairly reasonable prices in a good deal of local indie music stores, so I'd be willing to bet that this is one of the easier-to-find picks. Whatever the case, I'd reccommend this to anyone interested in hearing the Dead on one of their mellower nights.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This being the first dicks pick its very, very solid. Disc 1 starts off with Sunshine, very standard. The Big River is very nice and has some energy to it. The Jamming in Weather Report Suite and Playing in the Band is just awesome. Phil's bass could have been a little more in the mix but nonetheless the sound quality on this pick is very good.

Disc 2 starts off with He's Gone which leads into a nice Truckin'. The first Jam on here is what makes this Pick worth buying, its fantastic. After the short (2 minute) The other one, it leads into another Jam which is really just Feedback. Good Stella Blue and decent Around and Around.

All in all this is a good pick; it is from a great time period in Dead history and the sound quality is just dandy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
To the reviewer who calls himself "a music fan":You bought a Grateful Dead album, seemingly detirmined ahead of time not to like it, and then trashed it based on the one thing that sells it for true fans : the jams.If you don't like songs that "run all together" then don't buy a live album by a band known and revered for their ability to jam all night and just segue all the songs into that single jam. [....]
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Format: Audio CD
One just has to open their ears and listen to understand why our boy crazy-ass dick latvala selected this as the first Dicks Picks. incredible rendition of Here Comes Sunshine. A lot of 'jammy' goodness on here (check out Playin in The Band). If U need anymore testimony to the vitalness of owning this collection, thou self respecting deadhead,delay no further and indulge!
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Format: VinylVerified Purchase
I'm not a huge Dead fan- I know them well, have a few albums, but I never really went over the edge (I have several friends who have).

I do prefer this Dead- Mickey Hart is not on this album (not part of the band yet?) So the drums have less of the wall of percussion and more of a jazz/blues/rock sound. Jerry is pure blues sound, no synths or wha-wha. They sound tight and simple.

A few of the tracks, Playing in the Band in particular, has a great jam that can be only described as Jazz- it reminds me of Coltrane, or Miles, especiall during the space- they really get "out there."

The sound and production of the record is top notch- despite being mastered from a CD (gasp!)

I was a bit annoyed to find this out after I dropped 80 bucks on it. The story goes, the Dead have lost the original tapes of the show, the only remaining source is the master CD. So, they took the CD, ran it through a DA, mixing board, and mastered to analog LP. So Analog purists may want to avoid this issue, the over volumes of Dicks Picks use the original reel to reel tapes.

Great partial show, very good sound, and great packaging.
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on August 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This isn't the best in the on going Dick's Picks series; however, it opens the door to live Dead previously only available from collectors on cassette. Personally, I have purchased all ten of the Dick's Picks discs and awaiting the delivery of the eleventh. All are well worth the investment!
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on May 19, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The Dick's Picks series (currently up to Vol. 10) documents the Dead through the years by releasing two-track soundboard masters of individual concerts. This is a good one, but the best thing about it is that it tells you how to get the rest of them.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The first in the Dick's Pick Series should be a lot better than this. That's not to say that it is bad, but it is a strange show. However, what makes this worth checking out is disc one. Two of the Dead's best (and least) played songs make up over 30 minutes of the first disc. Here Comes Sunshine and Weather Report Suite are both absolutely wonderful, which leaves one to wonder why the Dead stopped playing them. Disc 2 is weaker than disc 1, with the highlights being Stella Blue and He's Gone. This cd features yet another version of Playing in the Band, Truckin and the Other One, as if those songs aren't on enough cds already.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audio CD
I have all the Dick's picks and always come back to this one for the version of Here comes Sunshine. DP#1 delivers. For another great show, check out DP#8. the first set is all acoustic and will blow you away. Keep Jamming.

DeadHead Phil. SC.
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