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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 27, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VF3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

This 1980 live acoustic collection may be off the beaten path, but it's a worthy addition for anyone who wants to explore the Dead's musical roots more thoroughly. Laced with folk, country, and bluegrass influences, Reckoning showcases Jerry Garcia's crisp acoustic flat picking as well as the band's warm vocal harmonies. Traditional blues and folk songs intermingle with an assortment of Dead originals, many of which are featured in reworked acoustic arrangements for the first time. For those familiar only with the intensity and endless groove of electric Dead, this pure, honest, heartfelt recording will be a revelation. --Marc Greilsamer

Customer Reviews

Reckoning is like American Beauty...with real depth and energy.
Charles P. Frederick
It makes me smile and miss Jerry Garcia, so I remember some really good times when I hear Dead music.
This 'unplugged' album features live performances from the Dead's 15th anniversary tour in 1980.
Larry D Millett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Reckoning is absolutely beautiful. Disks of this caliber are rare in any genre. It is truly a joy to listen to and full of wonderful performances. Take it to that hypothetical 'deserted island' with your other 9 favorites.
Every year my family reunites in a mountain cabin. I have an 85 year-old grandmother, a 10 year-old second cousin, and an aunt who plays cello in a symphony orchestra (to name a few of them). Despite the wildly-differing musical tastes, Reckoning has become a cabin favorite. It has such a great sound and a wonderful accompanying vibe. Even the people who purport that they "can't stand the Grateful Dead" have to say "...except for that album."
I have probably bought about 8 or 10 copies of Reckoning over the years. It makes a great gift and an excellent addition to anyone's CD collection.
I have been a big fan of the Dead for a long time; I have almost every album and a big library of show tapes. But Reckoning is the absolute best work of the Grateful Dead, in my opinion. Every song is a sensitive, perfect work of joy. I defy any Deadhead to find a more beautiful "Bird Song" or "Cassidy". Shoot, I'm going to put it on when I get home and have a beer on the front porch.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on April 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I mean, it's not as though I used to follow the Grateful Dead around the country with a trunk full of bootleg concert tapes or anything. But I thought I'd heard most of their albums at one time or another, even the ones I didn't own. (And I have a fairly tall stack of them -- for a non-Deadhead, that is. Commercial releases only.)
Somehow I managed to overlook this one, though. Well, no longer; it became one of my favorites the day I received it. And if (like me) you love the late-and-much-missed Jerry Garcia's _Almost Acoustic_ and/or his work with David Grisman, or if _Workingman's Dead_ and _American Beauty_ are your favorite Dead studio albums (as they are mine), you'll probably love this CD as much as I do.
If you've read the other reviews on this page, you already know what it is -- namely, a collection of live acoustic performances recorded during late 1980, culled from the first sets of a series of shows in September and October. (The second sets of these shows were electric material, like the stuff on _Dead Set_.) The lineup consists of the full 1980 band -- Garcia and Bob Weir on acoustic guitar, the always reliable Phil Lesh on bass, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann on deft and gentle percussion, and the late-and-also-much-missed Brent Mydland on piano. All I can add is that the performances are terrific. The Dead were just a helluva band.
And look at that song list! It includes not only some Dead tunes (e.g. "Dire Wolf" and "Ripple," two of my all-time favorites) but also songs from the (comparatively) solo albums released by Garcia (e.g. "Bird Song" from _Garcia_, "It Must Have Been the Roses" from _Reflections) and Weir (e.g. "Cassidy" from _Ace_), interspersed with traditional material (e.g.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums that i have in my cd collection that is like a warm blanket on a cold day. I put it on and i get all warm and fuzzy inside. I just have to close my eyes and listen to the harmony on dark hollow or the intricate guitar on jack- a -roe, wonderful stuff i tell ya. for anyone even remotely interested in the dead i recommend this album, reminiscent of those gem shows from the fillmore east in '70 the acoustic music of the grateful dead is outstanding folk,blues,bluegrass,rock fusion of members of the greatest band ever, the dead cannot even be divided into seperate individuals or instruments, the dead are one instrument--and how sweet it sounds----this album is a must have!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CLAY on April 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you want to hear tenderness and kindness, if you want to hear perfection that'll bring tears to your eyes, if you want to experience a recording that greets you like a warm friend time and time again, if you want to experience the purest of Jerry's gentle spirit, if you want to hear an example of the most heart-felt of musicianship, if you want a work of art suitable for all ages and all musical tastes, if you would like to know what sheer genius combined with the gracefulness of six souls performing in a single collective consciousness produces, if you would like to lull your child to sleep in your loving arms letting music express the love you feel for your child, if you have ever searched for one body of music that let's you know that all will be well, if you want to lose yourself in wonder...
Bring even more joy to your life by allowing this collection of divine expression to enter your life. It will console you in the hour of your deepest need, and make a Great Day even better!
If I could aford to do so, I would offer a money-back guarentee out of my own pocket if your life were not deeply enriched by the wonders of this celebratory masterpiece.
I always feel great pride when I play this for "that person that you know" who dislikes the Grateful Dead. After listening to a few songs together, the person almost always says, "Who is this? This is really good!" I'll toy with them for a while and say that it's a Jazz band or a semi-Bluegrass story telling band, yet I won't reveal the mystery.
Much later, I will lead the conversation into a Dead-related conversation. I can almost always yield disdain of the Grateful Dead from the unwittingly enlightened listener. Then, after a few minutes of silence reflecting upon the majestry of the music, I "drop the bomb" on them and show them the CD case! -ALWAYS a wonderful and proud moment!
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