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In October 1974-at the pinnacle of their global fame-the Grateful Dead played five consecutive shows at San Francisco's legendary Winterland venue that were recorded and filmed for the 1977 motion picture release The Grateful Dead Movie. This incredible 5-CD soundtrack presents all the music from the movie plus 32 bonus tracks, including 20 songs exclusive to this set. Rhino. 2005.


More than just a significantly expanded soundtrack to the new DVD edition of the band's 1974 documentary, the five discs here (taken from a five-night stand at San Francisco's fabled Winterland in October) also document the end of an early Dead era, capturing extensive highlights from the band's final gigs before beginning a performance hiatus that would last until 1976. Typically expansive in scope, yet tightly focused in the interplay of its performances, the anthology kicks off with a brisk slate of upbeat early favorites and then settles back as the band wends its way through spacious, jazzy jams ("Eyes of the World," "Playing in the Band," "Weather Report Suite"), roots-conscious workouts, and the fervent mysticism of Deadhead touchstones like "Dark Star." The recordings also capture the return to action of drummer Mickey Hart after a three-plus-year layoff, and showcase separate percussion solo interludes from both Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. Containing a considerable number of rich live takes that failed to make the DVD set's bonus outtake disc, this is a an expansive, riveting evocation of the band's early '70s prime--a must for any dedicated Deadhead. --Jerry McCulley

Disc: 1
1. U.S. Blues
2. One More Saturday Night
3. China Cat Sunflower
4. I Know You Rider
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Scarlet Begonias
2. He's Gone
3. Jam
4. Weirdness
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Disc: 3
1. Weather Report Suite
2. Jam
3. Dark Star
4. Morning Dew
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Uncle John's Band
2. Big Railroad Blues
3. Tomorrow Is Forever
4. Sugar Magnolia
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Playing In The Band
2. Drums
3. Not Fade Away
4. Drums
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • ASIN: B0007PAMN8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Birdman on March 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
To second Mr. Sherwin's motion, this is an unusually fine vintage Dead release, better perhaps than the movie on which the recording is based.

Those who love the band know all the songs and so many permutations. What they haven't heard is how very polished the band could be in extended performance: tight and musical and inventive and lovable.

As for the engineers who produced this release, words are insufficient. There is wide dynamic range here, solid definition of all pieces and voices. As for value, five superb discs at this price is almost ridiculous.

Just as Bach taught the world counterpoint, the Dead taught rock the way of improvisation, and they teach it more effectively here than on any other concert reccording, Dick's Picks or compilation I've heard in years.

A release that makes you feel glad you're alive, and that reminds you quietly and with dignity, that the world was aactually a little better once.

A fabulous live release. Easily one of my top-10 live releases -- period.

Buy it, or wonder what you missed.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Some people won't believe me, but I swear, I swear it's true! Just two days ago I watched The Grateful Dead Movie I rented (from an online movie rental company) and I really wanted to get the CD soundtrack from the movie! Imagine my surprise when I just found out this remastered five CD set/soundtrack is actually a BRAND NEW release! I ran out, bought the set and after a listen I felt compelled to write this review from sheer enthusiasm! GRIN! Ecstasy, man!

First of all, if you've ever been to a Dead concert or heard your friends talk about the group you know they were first and foremost a live performance band. (But yes, they put out many albums, too.) They were also well known for their generous many hours' long concerts-and you know what? This five CD set of live performances reflects again the group's generosity! Just as they gave us so much more than the standard two hour concert length many groups after them began to give, there are FIVE CDs here with not only the movie soundtrack but with 32 bonus songs! Making this set even more valuable to fans and collectors is that these songs were recorded in 1974 at San Francisco's legendary Winterland when The Grateful Dead were far more than just kinetic and mesmerizing! All in all everything here makes for a "DeadHead's Delight" and this set is a must for any serious rock fan.

The film is just over two hours so there wasn't time to show the band performing the full length versions of these songs during the movie. But on this set you get it ALL! This CD set more than makes up for that with a 32 minute awesome "Playing In The Band!" and the entire 60-minute blockbuster jam featuring "Sugar Magnolia," "He's Gone," "Jam," "Caution Jam," "Drums," "Space," "Truckin'," "Black Peter," and "Sunshine Daydream.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Henrici on August 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This 5 disc set contains the uninterupted song sequences from the October 1974 Winterland concerts which provided the material for "The Grateful Dead Movie", the last shows to use the wall of sound PA system. If you have the DVD movie and like the performances, it is well worth your while to get this box set. Among the highlights are a 31 minute "playing in the band" that is a musical odyssey. When Garcia talks about whether "its flowing" in his interview segment on the DVD, you'll know what he means. All the songs have a sense of effortless musical communication. They would not stretch out like this in the coming years, at least not as effectively. For heads that love the seemingly endless permutations the dead could conjure up, this box is great news. Check out the jamming on the "Dark Star","eyes of the world", "the other one" or "weather report suite". As these recordings reveal, something about the wall of sound effected their playing for the better. This set is some of the best Grateful Dead I've heard. Phil Lesh recalls this time as among the most satisfying he had in the band....and it's easy to hear on these discs, he does some amazing playing on his custom Alembic bass. I also like the work by Keith Godchaux on the Fender rhodes piano. Garcia was making great strides in his musical vocabulary by this time. Rock scully describes this period in his book, saying how involved Jerry was with the band, turning up frequently at the Grateful Dead office and constantly practicing new scales and chords. Compared to a few years before, his playing is more finely honed. Just about Everything Bob Weir plays fits in perfectly. So what we get on these these discs is a band in their prime playing through the best sound system they ever used, at one of the most fabled venues in rock history.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By griphfunk the rock nasty on October 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
'74 is by far one of my favorite performance years in the Dead's touring history. other greats are '68, '70, '72, and '77. This is strange considering I was born in '79, but thats why I love the Dead's commitment to releasing archival live recordings, because I can familiarize my self with every era. I have over 100 Dead albums and live performances and I can definately say this is a top five collection. This is collection of the Dead at their jazziest.

Disc 1:

The set begins with well played versions of US Blues and One More Saturday Night just as they are featured in the Grateful Dead Movie. We are then treated to an energetic China>Rider. Eyes of the world is jazzy and flows nicely into a peaceful China Doll. It that isn't enough we get a nearly 32 minute version of "Playing In the Band." The jam section of this tune is other worldly and never dull.

Disc 2:

Scarlet Begonias is a welcome addition to any collection. Jerry's guitar playing is always sooting on this tune and I actually enjoy Donna's ooohing on this version, it kind of gives the tune an ethereal feel. The rest of the cd is all jam, beginning with He's Gone through some strange and spacey stuff that leads nicely into a rumbling version of The Other One which calms into a beautifully performed Stella Blue.

Disc 3:

This disc begins with a great version of Weather Report Suite. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe '73-'74 was the only time this tune was performed in its entirety. Later versions just began at Let It Grow. This disc is also a jam heavy affair with an excellent Dark Star, Morning Dew, and the always great combo of Not Fade Away and GDTRFB.

Disc 4:

Uncle John's Band is a great performance as usual.
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