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Spring 1990, So Glad You Made It

Grateful DeadAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • ASIN: B008RPXQ2O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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Disc: 2

Editorial Reviews

2012 two CD archive live release from the Rock legends featuring 20 live performances hand-picked from five shows by David Lemieux, the band's archivist and the collection's producer. Similar to 2011's Europe '72, Vol. 2, the two-disc set is a showcase for the best of the 1990 tour. For those familiar with the Grateful Dead's glorious live performance history, the spring 1990 tour represents an important zenith, one fully equal to the golden ages of Europe '72 and spring '77. During this truly epic three-week spring fling, the band played as good as it ever had, with energy, sophistication and joy. Recorded during the Grateful Dead's 25-year anniversary, the band - Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland, and Bob Weir - played as though it was on a mission to prove something. The pieces just fell into place that spring - impassioned vocals, the Brent/Jerry mind-meld, the MIDI expansion of the band's sonic vocabulary, and a bunch of new tunes and choice revivals.

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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For much of my 17 years of Grateful Dead fandom I was, admittedly, what Deadheads refer to as a 60's & 70's snob. Out of my massive collection of live tapes and Dick's Picks, only a handful were from the Brent Mydland years of '79-'90 or later. It took me rediscovering--five or six years back--1990's 'Without A Net,' with it's excellent versions of "Bird Song" and "Eyes of the World," for me to rethink my stance. Through, I've now come to appreciate every era of the Dead, and I believe the Spring 1990 tour to be their most consistently stellar since '77. They've had other runs in that span that may have had higher peaks but, with this tour, one could basically pick any show at random to listen to and it's virtually guaranteed to be a winner.

'Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It'--a compilation whittled down from the 18-disc box set released last month--is an excellent companion piece to the aforementioned 'Without A Net,' featuring highlights from six of the best shows in March. We finally get an official release of the legendary Albany "Loser" from March 24th, and the Brent Mydland-sung "Blow Away" from March 16th in Landover, MD. Brent, without a doubt, had the best pure singing voice of anyone in the Dead at this point, and its a shame he died a few scant months after these shows. Even though he was their longest tenured keyboardist, I would love to have heard more from him, considering the band were in the middle of a live mini-renaissance beginning the year prior, which was unfortunately cut short by his untimely death. He's one of the most talented backing keyboardists of all-time, imo, even if it did take me a while to get used to the (at times) "carnival-ish" sound of his keys.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captain in the back seat! October 13, 2012
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Seven Reasons to Love this Record:
1) Brent is on Fire, actually leading the band to new heights
2) Brent's organ, lead and accompaniment, is inspired
3) Audio quality is amazing. Much better than most DP's
4) The Entire Band is at their telepathic best and functioning as a unit
5) Drummers never sounded better
6) Cool new instrument sounds--very MIDI
7) Vocal Harmonies are strong, with Brent leading the way.

Six Reasons to Hate this Record:
1) Brent is on Fire, actually leading the band to new heights
2) Wasn't this a Guitar band! Where are they? Where's Bobby?
3) The Captain is in the back seat both instrumentally and vocally way down in the mix and delivery. Maybe he always just to be a session player.
4) Brent Songs--don't have the same mystique as the rest of the Dead's work. And somebody please tell Brent that nothing says "Real Love" more than actually being there despite his overly earnest Michael Macdonald-like vocal delivery.
5) Brent's tinkle keyboard casio circus sounds. Makes Todd Rundgren sound like he was not deaf in the high range
6) Cool new instrument sounds--very MIDI

Sure I like this record. Been listening to it in my car all week. It's the Dead! But as my two lists show I have some conflicted feelings. You can probably tell I preferred it when Brent was just the humble keyboardist, but I also give him his due; he is upping the overall musical reach He's definitely "on;" I just wish he wasn't. I think Jerry was more present in the Dozin' at the Knick release which is also from the same tour so I prefer that if I'm going to reach for 1990's Dead.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is... September 18, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is the two cd "Best Of" version of the big Spring 1990 (Limited Edition 18-Disc Box Set) box set. As with the big box, these shows are taken from John Cutler's two track DATs rather than the multi tracks from the tour so the sound isn't up to Without A Net or Nightfall Of Diamonds quality. While this cd set is nice, there's just so much good stuff missing here. I really wished that they had just made all six shows available separately for people who couldn't afford the box instead of this two cd version. Fortunately, I was able to get a copy but feel bad for those that couldn't. Had they released these shows separately, it also might have given the vault guys a bigger budget so that they could've actually mixed the 24 track masters.

As I said earlier, if you missed out on the box, this isn't bad way to go but you're gonna miss out on things like the hot Deal from 3-19, It Must Have Been The Roses and Believe It Or Not from 3-22, the cool Feel Like A Stranger, Half-Step->The Weight, and He's Gone->The Last Time from 4-2. Don't even get me started on the Playing jam from 3-30-90 as well as several stand out Drums/Space segments. Thankfully, these show do exist on torrent sites in their complete form. This set does generate some heat and the playing is very good so it is a worthy addition to any Head's collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine vinyl compendium of the Spring 90 Dead tour! November 28, 2012
4 fine albums, boxed, great songs, Jerry Garcia's stunning guitar and vocals, Bob's landmark track Playing In the Band.....A great version of the Stone's The Last Time......this was a great tour and if you dig The Dead don't miss this one.
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Published 15 days ago by michael w malamphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to be Dead
I bought this as a gift for my guy, he's a huge GD fan! He loves this album and plays it in the car all the time!
Published 16 days ago by MyLady K
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for what it is.
I'm truly amazed at the great reviews people have given to this release. There is a huge amount of much better live Dead out there for consumption. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EjbEsq
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a real Dead Fan ..... Buy it Now.
All I can say is, 1990 was a great year for these guys. THIS IS A GOTTA HAVE IT !
Published 2 months ago by WhoBeWhaty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Right On!
Published 2 months ago by Sarah stern
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Sparkling sound. Excellent performances. While it made me wish I had purchased the package with entire shows from the tour, this highlights package is well worth acquiring.
Published 5 months ago by Brendan P. Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking Dead
Lots of killer live Dead! Jamming in the truck everywhere & enjoying the grooves! Very well put together & clean sound
Published 6 months ago by Benjamin Antonelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Superb
The sound quality on this album is amazing. Def a must have. If you love live Dead music....GET THIS NOW
Published 8 months ago by Chris Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best...period!
If you buy just one live album by the Dead, this is the one to get. The sound is pristine, the band members are in tune with one another, and the selection of songs are great. Read more
Published 8 months ago by William Jens Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful Dead - Spring 1990, So Glad You Made It
This is a wonderful compilation of live tunes, and I was lucky to have attended two of the highlighted shows at the Knick and Nassau Coliseum. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peggy-O
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