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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: #52,569 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 By eurocrank on 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 By nick g black on 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 By "bobsay" on 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 By Si Tanka on February 3, 2013
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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 By A Customer on August 27, 1998
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CptProton on August 26, 2013
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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! I have all of the Dead's studio recordings and a few of their live recordings and wouldn't dream of parting with any of them. They had a way of bringing their music to life that precious few other bands ever could. They may not have had the vocal or musical talent of some, but they definitely put their hearts and souls into every song and it showed in ways that can't be described. I highly recommend this CD!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
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I didn't purchase this on CD for many years because of the poor sound quality of the record. Surprise Surprise. The CD sounds very good and the music is from a period where the band was musically very strong. During this period the band was very creative and although they cover many other artist's materials on this CD the music is tight. Jerry plays and sings during a time when his voice was very golden. I am so glad that I finally bought this as it brings back many memories from this period.
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