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Steal Your Face [Live]

Grateful DeadAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their ... Read more in Amazon's Grateful Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (October 24, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VJR
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Promised Land
2. Cold Rain & Snow
3. Around And Around
4. Stella Blue
5. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
6. Ship Of Fools
7. Beat It On Down The Line

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dead, sorta August 3, 2013
Format:Audio CD
"Steal Your Face!" is the strangest official live Grateful Dead album. I bought it soon after its release in 1976, and even though I was only a teenager and had only "Europe '72" for comparison, its oddities confused me. Here's a list:

PROS:
-Excellent performances. 'Cold, Rain & Snow' is my desert-island, favorite Dead song/performance. A fast-paced 'Beat It On Down The Line" puts the lie to claims of the Dead sounding tired during this run of concerts.

-Iconic cover art.

CONS:
-The hands-down worst sound of an official GD album. I'm not one to post on Steve Hoffman Forums or even recognize a Direct Optical Digital Transference, but I still get shocked at the failings of my 1989 CD edition of SYF. Overall, it sounds overdriven and tinny--too tight, bright, and hollow. There is extreme vocal sibilance: S, P, F, T, SH, etc. sound like bacon spluttering (due perhaps to distortion?). The bass often lacks definition: you'd have to listen hard at times to recognize not only Lesh's sound but also his playing.

-This 2 record/CD album has no musical coherence; it doesn't even suggest a concert. The tracks fade in and out. Most of the material seems to come from first and second sets. I can discern no flow or arc, no direction, in how the songs are put together. It's a grab bag of short and medium-length songs that had not appeared on earlier Dead live albums. The longest is also unfortunately the slowest; at 8:49, 'Stella Blue' may represent what some listeners consider the band's energy level at the end of 1974.

-Six of the songs are covers, which is a few too many when there are only 14 songs altogether. I generally don't enjoy GD covers, the exceptions being 'Cold, Rain & Snow' and 'Peggy-O.' Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, etc.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor November 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's amazing how history gets quickly forgotten. At the time of its release this album created a stink - even the band disowned it as a poor record of their "closing week" in Winterland, 1974, when it seemed as if the Dead was heading for retirement.
It does not stand up well at all. No thrill, passion, excitement, and a bizarre choice of material given the wealth of good performances from the same run of shows. Lacklustre sums it up. If you have seen the Grateful Dead movie, this is from the same era. And traditionally it rates as the poorest ever official release by the Dead.
Not a fitting memnorial. You have, thankfully, a whole host of better material to choose from. Same era? Look at Dicks Picks , the Boston 1974 show. Avoid this.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but still Dead stuff October 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The reviews so far seem to be split regarding song choice, sound quality, and performance. I think the song choice is pretty good, in the sense that some of the selections are hard to find on other live albums; not exactly "greatest hit" material, as some other reviewers have said, but interesting. Regarding sound quality, it's not exactly the best recording that I've ever heard, but was nevertheless acceptable for me. But I'm not all that picky in the sound quality department anyways. Performancewise, they do sound a little tired, but heck, they're still the Dead at their prime!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated, and under rated February 3, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Many times you won't even find this album listed among available "Dead" albums, it is held in such low regard by many Deadheads. I guess in my case it is an example similar to many people's experience of ethnic food: however you had it first is the most "genuine" and every following experience is measured by that initial exposure. Not sure what I expected from "the Dead" when I checked this album out of the library in the 70's but I loved what I found. Story-telling music that mixed well-known stories of traditional country with original story telling and humor. The production values clearly leave much to be desired but the "shirt-tail" showing in both production and musicianship were part of what lead me into more curiosity about rock's most free-form, be here now bands. I never have been able to figure out the objection to this particular outing. To me it is all the best and worst of the Dead: Always musically reaching and occasionally falling on your face in the pursuit of musical conversation. Not sure what my fellow dead-heads are looking for but that's what I love in the music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Steal Your Money August 27, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
The sound, considering it was from the wall of sound era, is poor. The song selection is weak. Basically it doesn't stand up well compared to the other releases from the same time period- Dicks Picks 1, 7 and the soon to be released 13.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's NOT that bad! November 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm no deadhead, I'm just a fan who spends about 45% of my day studying Dead history, Dead facts, looking for old rare live shows, fingering Dead songs on guitar, bass, and occasionally drums, and looking for any Dead tribute bands playing within 100 miles of my city. I've never seen the Dead live though, that's the reason I am not a Dead head, however I have heard over 100 live dead shows ([...]) and this live album is good! Most people say they sound tired, and lazy, well cry me a river, it's the Grateful Dead, just a bunch of guys trying to have a good time with a crowd full of people tryin to dance to this music. The Dead are not clean cut young men who are classically trained (besides phil) to sing or play there instruments, or let alone harmonize. Good lord, the dead are horrible at harmonizing, but Bob Dylan can't sing, play more than 5 chords in a song, or play harmonica, but he's made something of himself. Fans are judging the Dead too harsh. Let up, these are the same group of hippies that traveled the country with Ken Kesey, intaking Acid by the ton.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
The tape shredded after we played it twice. I wasn't too into the music and didn't spend a ton on the tape so I wasn't terribly disappointed.
Published 4 months ago by Lynessa Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
I don't believe there is another band in the history of rock and roll that has been more successful in repackaging and selling their music! Read more
Published 13 months ago by CptProton
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 because its the dead
Originally i was going to give this disc one star, but seeing it is the dead, it warrants one more. If you haven't bought this disc already, skip it. Read more
Published on March 16, 2001 by John50169
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, not bad
Not one of the best live grateful dead recordings. Go for One from the Vault first. It's from about the same time but is much more solid. Read more
Published on May 2, 2000 by James Wax
4.0 out of 5 stars live dead at their best
If a person is buying a cd for what it is, then there is no better set on the market. the dead are just that, the dead. ther is no categorizing them. Read more
Published on July 22, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A SOLID EFFORT
I didn't purchase this on CD for many years because of the poor sound quality of the record. Surprise Surprise. Read more
Published on July 13, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Deffinatly a cd worth owning & listening to.
I agree with the fan from Seattle, in term's of sound quality, Although not great it sounds better than my old album. By no mean's is the sound bad. The music on these c. Read more
Published on July 2, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music
I don't know what the other writer is talking about. The songs here are excellent. Especially noteworthy is the piano playing of Keith Godchaux. Read more
Published on March 3, 1999 by G. J Wiener
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