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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.

Disc: 1
1. LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
2. FEEL LIKE A STRANGER
3. WEST L.A. FADEAWAY
4. EASY TO LOVE YOU
5. BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE
6. LOSER
7. IT S ALL OVER NOW
8. JACK-A-ROE
9. THE LAST TIME
10. BIRD SONG
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Disc: 2
1. SAMSON AND DELILAH
2. SCARLET BEGONIAS
3. ESTIMATED PROPHET
4. PLAYING IN THE BAND
5. EYES OF THE WORLD
6. GIMME SOME LOVIN
7. MORNING DEW
8. NOT FADE AWAY
9. ATTICS OF MY LIFE

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • ASIN: B008RPXQ2O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jack Tripper VINE VOICE on September 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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 Archive.org, 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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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Niklas P. Andersson on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EjbEsq on August 11, 2014
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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. There is far too much Brent Mydland during this period and the resulting sound is just not "good old Grateful Dead". I understand that bands and their sound evolve but, in the case of the Grateful Dead, I don't believe evolution was such a good thing. I also understand that for those who first encountered the Dead late in their career, the later incarnation can be a good thing because it is their thing. That's all well and good but objectively, this cannot compare with any of the classic Dead periods. Moreover, of the 20 selections on this set, only 6 are Garcia/Hunter and 9 tunes are covers, and Garcia admitted in a Rolling Stone interview, the increasing numbers of covers was a result of laziness. It's okay for what it is, a snapshot of what was the last consistently good tour, but it pales in comparison to the band in their heyday.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jay colbe on June 29, 2013
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I have been following the "Grateful Dead" since December 1967, when I saw them at the "Village Theater" in New York City. Until 1995 when Jerry died, the band members remained the same except for the keyboard players, who either died or left the band. The third keyboard player was Brent Mydland, and what he added to the band made that band my personal favorite. As the spring tour was on the east coast, I missed it and in turn one of the best tours in the 25 year history of the band. I have listened to many cds of this tour, some tapers copies, sound boards, but this cd presents the best moments and quality sound that deadheads appreciate. Thanks David
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