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Road Trips: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Carousel 2/14/68 (2 CD) Live


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Not factory sealed, but in very good condition and DOES include bonus disc

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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • ASIN: B0035RZ3HU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on September 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This show is one of the most prized shows among tape traders and was always one of the cornerstones of just about everyone's collection. The thing was that for many years people only had copies of the second set but know we have the whole show!!!

Valentine's Day of '68 found the band sharing a bill with Country Joe and The Fish at the Carousel Ballroom. The band were in the process of recording both live and studio stuff for what would become their second album that Summer. The first set kicks off with a great Morning Dew which is followed by a then common Good Morning Little School Girl. The first set concludes with short, hot, early versions of Dark Star->China Cat Sunflower->The Eleven->Turn On Your Lovelight with Dark Star being just over 6 minutes and The Eleven just over 5! For the cd, we get some great filler to round out the disc: Viola Lee Blues from 1-20-68 in Eureka, CA; Beat It On Down The Line and It Hurts Me Too from 1-22, 23-68 Seattle WA and Dark Star from 2-2-68 Portland, OR. The bonus disc also includes songs from these shows.

The second set starts with excellent versions of That's It For The Other One->New Potato Caboose->Born Cross-Eyed->Spanish Jam. The playing is over the top and part of this show was actually used in the making of Anthem Of The Sun. After a pause, the band starts back up with Alligator. Unfortunately Pig's voice is very low at the beginning but it gets taken care of and soon we're hearing Bob singing "Burn down The Fillmore, Gas The Avalon". This leads into an epic jam that finally gives way to Caution loaded with massive amounts of jamming before Feedback. The encore is a ragged Midnight Hour.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Larsen on February 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I had somewhat overlooked this Road Trips series until I saw some of my favorite shows released on it - 6/16/ and 6/18/74, and now this - so I'd say this is an even more worthy purchase than Dick's Picks Vol. 22, being that 2/14/68 is probably the Dead's best show of the year. The first half of the performance includes nice early versions of what would become the Live/Dead material; much of it is still in the embryonic stage, but it is rewarding none the less. But during the 2nd set (dedicated to the memory of Neil Cassidy who recently died) we get a start to finish live performance of Anthem of the Sun, the Dead's Live/Studio hybrid, including near definitive versions of New Potato Caboose, and as other reviewers have mentioned, Alligator. THE Alligator, folks, the one that is actually used for the live portions of Anthem. And The New Potato is bested only by the absolutely EPIC version on Two From The Vault. Not to mention, there is a GREAT Phil Lesh (bass) dominated version of Spanish Jam tossed in the middle of the Anthem Suite that is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Get this only if you are prepared for one of the wildest rides in Dead history...a bit of hyperbole perhaps, but I challenge you to find a better performance of early Grateful Dead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. S. Saliba on July 8, 2009
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If you, like I, have had this show on cassette for decades, you can now have that best ever version of Alligator complete without have to flip your tape. The whole show's mix is identical, straight from the soundboard. Gritty, yet pristine. I'm generally an LP guy, but this CD has been instrumental in catapulting me into the modern age of audio.
The only thing I can complain about, is that it includes a few extra tracks from another show during the same time period. Although they're good, they don't quite live up to the Carousel show. They had to put them on the end of the first disk due to time constraints. Would have been better as it's own disk, just like the bonus disk, which also is from another show. That, though, is the beauty of CD. You can just push-button away, and hear them as you wish.

If you consider yourself a Deadhead, you'll know this is a must-have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By High Planes Drifter on September 12, 2012
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OMG

Start here to appreciate what the Dead became. The essence is here; raw and strong.

Alligator: "FillmoregazmAvilon" - (Bobby ~ 2:16 minutes in when Pig's mic was weak and Jerry's licks were strong).
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Both drummers and so much more that many of us would only come to appreciate decades later.

"Not the best at what they do, but the only ones that do what they do." Bill Graham.

RIP Jerry, Pig, Keith, Brent, Bear, Bill...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dee Dee Tee on June 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Read all the good reviews and tape trading folklore which is this historic Valentine's Day show from '68. Just bought it on the Dead's website. CD 1 is fantastic! Dark Star(Two of em! Check out the last one, which is the last cut on CD one! epic style Darkstar baby!), Viola Lee, Love Light,Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, It Hurts Me Too...all great stuff . on Disc Two, the drum driven 'Alligator' jam is epic. there's some serious guitar-playing, know what i'm sayin? smokin hot, will melt yer stereo kiddies! on disc two, also check out Spanish Jam and Pigpen's cover of Wilson Pickett's Midnight Hour~what a way to close the show! Forget "Lovelight", Pig's rendition of Midnight Hour on this recording is THE ultimate Pigpen rave-up! There are awesome versions of Caution and The Other One on disc two that certainly merit a more than honorable mention So yep, it's lived up to all the deadhead hype i've read. I really believe that this recording may be my personal favorite live Dead recording. If you love the Dead like I do, keep watching the band's website [...]. Sometimes, they will have these awesome sales like they did around Father's Day, where almost everything was 20 percent off PLUS free shipping~i got this volume of 'road trips' and the 'wall of sound' road trips release. Well worth it for $16 a pop without shipping costs.
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