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Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 1 CD Live


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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Grateful Dead Productions
  • ASIN: B004CULQDO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you like that gooey, electric, driving Dead from the late 60's, this is the show for you.
Misterian
The Dark Star->Saint Stephen->The Eleven->Turn On Your Lovelight that follows is full of psychic GD energy as well as Jerry's classic SG sound.
Grateful Jerry
The sound is good to very good, with an occasional, slight sonic glitch-but nothing to worry about.
Stuart Jefferson

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 18, 2010
Three discs-75,68,41 minutes each approximately. The sound is good to very good, with an occasional, slight sonic glitch-but nothing to worry about. These tapes were recorded by Owsley "Bear" Stanley in 1969. The discs, as usual, slip inside inner pockets of the tri-fold cardboard holder. The graphics are the usual high quality-fitting with the venue. The booklet contains an overview of the concert by Blair Jackson, and a reminisce by Tom Constanten. Band personnel, song titles, lengths, and composer (s) are also listed.

I must first confess that I have a soft spot for the early years of the Dead (1668-72 or so), and while the band played many extraordinary concerts over the years, the music from that first era had a certain sound and feel (especially with Pigpen-the defacto leader of the band) of the band going for broke-something that became a bit more refined in later years.

The set, from the 23rd, (the first of two over two days May 23-24, 1969) begins with Pigpen singing "Hard To Handle" as only he could. After that the band blast off into an intense "Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven", that's one of their better early efforts. This sequence has that usual Dead vibe, but there's an edge to it, making this an early favorite. Both Garcia's guitar playing and the band make this something special. The discs ends with the Pigpen show-stopper, "Turn On Your Lovelight", with Pig really giving it his all.

The second disc, from the 24th, along with introductions, begins with a slightly ramshackle (as only the Dead can do) "Turn On Your Lovelight", and as usual, the band do the song justice and energize the crowd.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on November 20, 2010
The Dead played The Big Rock Pow Wow Festival on Friday May 23 and Saturday May 24, 1969. This was a three night music festival (May 23, 24 and 25th) held on an Indian Reservation and, as you might have guessed, things became quite wild due to the fact that local law enforement had no authority. All the music from both shows is here but slightly rearranged to fit on cd without cutting the jam.

The first disc starts off with an introduction which gives way to an early version of Hard To Handle. The Dark Star->Saint Stephen->The Eleven->Turn On Your Lovelight that follows is full of psychic GD energy as well as Jerry's classic SG sound. The second disc starts off with another introduction from the second day and it's clear that the band is pretty tired of this guy and then he starts telling people that they need to sit down at which, the band begins to heckle him. The band then rolls out another classic Lovelight full of energy. A strong Doin' That Rag gives way to a mellow He A Friend Of Mine with better harmonies than usual on this song. China Cat Sunflower comes following out and then gives way to a groovin' The Eleven before falling into Death Don't Have No Mercy. The third disc starts off with two songs from the first night, a moving Morning Dew followed by Cowboy Bob throwing in his dos pasos with a hot Me And My Uncle. The third disc then returns to the second show and Bob tells us his Yellow Dog Joke again. The closing jam starts off with a fitting Alligator given that the reservation had an area with alligators. A nice Drums leads into a hot Saint Stephen which is given an interesting twist in that, with The Eleven already being played, we get the song's complete ending before falling into Feedback and closing with a sweet We Bid You Goodnight.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Goodman on November 22, 2010
I always buy Grateful Dead releases that contain the song DARK STAR. So...how's this particular Dark Star? It's great. The only thing "wrong" with it is...it's not a half-hour long! However, it's still deeply satisfying at just under 19 minutes and very much worth hearing over and over and over again. Overall, the jamming on this show is super great. Of the two versions of Turn On Your Lovelight, I prefer the first one (which IS a half-hour long!) but the second one is pretty good as well. A very pleasant surprise is the ballad "He Was A Friend of Mine," which is played extraordinarily beautifully, with exquisite guitar from Jerry G. If you happen to own the old bootleg CD "Bear Trap," which contains some tracks from this show, don't let that prevent you from buying this. The recording quality is way better here, with lots of tracks not on Bear Trap. Lastly, I found the booklet to be very entertaining, especially the first sentence. It's interesting to know that Dr. Timothy Leary was very involved in this performance, which took place on Indian land, so Federal law did not stifle the various explorations. All in all, this is a wonderful addition to the Road Trips series. It was good to hear The Dead's "humble" reaction to the introduction, where the m.c. describes them as "the greatest band in the universe." Even though that IS true, it's fun to hear the Dead's response.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By st.steven on August 7, 2012
this release is so much better than i ever imagined, i am having trouble selecting the right words. music from this period is the foundation on which this band, we love so much, built a historic career !! the music is superb !! the energy is very high !! and i'm not even talking about the orange juice !! it is also very clear listening to this,what a HUGE influence pigpen was on these early years of the dead. he has quite a stage presence.!!there is a definite change in the band personality when pig is out front doing his songs!he adds a gritty, hard edge, blues angle to his songs that makes the pigpen era of the band so cool and unique!!... 3 discs of really fine grateful dead ...the band is really rocking all out here, with not a bad song to be found... and i was very suprised at how developed many of the longer jams { think the eleven,,lovelight,,etc. } already are ! i'm not going to go through each song,,let me just tell you what a great recording this is, and if you are even a casual fan of the dead, how much i am sure you will fall in love with this superb collection of tunes !! this is spectacular !! i will also add, as other reviewers have stated before me, how fun, reading the booklet that comes with the cd is !! this was a long time ago in a different world,,i'm glad i can remember it !!
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