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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000778C6U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Sax on February 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
For inveterate DeadHeads like myself--first saw the Grateful Dead in Cleveland in 1973 on the "Wake of the Flood" tour, and my life changed irrevocably--I was always cynical about tribute bands....until I saw DSO at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Michigan last December, and now, I'm planning to catch all of their Fox Theatre concerts in Boulder at the end of March when they visit my adopted state of Colorado. This CD is quite good, not as good as their concerts (sound familiar?), but one learns that Lisa Mackey's perfect pitch "Donna wail" on "Playin' in the Band" is just fine; I always though Donna being offkey was part of the energy, but it need not be that way. The musicianship is extraordinary--wah-wah work on "Estimated Prophet" is clean and lyrical. Even reviewing all the Dick's Picks available now, we always must allow for the significant imprecisions that the fellas made in voice and instrument; no such allowances are necessary for these seven virtuoso musicians. Call it blasphemy if you wish, but the version of "St. Stephen" is extraordinary (just too brief at only 7:33), and go to the DSO website to hear stunning versions of "Jack Straw" and "Morning Dew." Get up and dance!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By grego on September 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Dark Star Orchestra charges out of the gate with a very enjoyable tribute to the Grateful Dead. Is this DSO's first CD? I think so. The live show was recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson on July 12, 2002 at the Oregon Country Faire in Veneta, Oregon. The set list goes like this:

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Estimated Prophet> 13:19

Terrapin Station> 13:51

Meltdown (Jam)> 6:23

Saint Stephen> 7:33

Throwing Stones> 10:38

Not Fade Away> 2:06

Jam> 5:27

Playin In The Band 2:42

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The Music never Stopped 7:55

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If you've seen the Dark Star Orchestra, you know they have the utmost love and respect for the music of the Grateful Dead, and perform it with enthusiasm that often exceeds... well, you know. I don't want to get into comparisons between DSO and the Grateful Dead, but why listen to this band at all unless they're BETTER than the Grateful Dead? The fact is that in some ways they are better.

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The most obvious improvement is in the vocals. All these guys (and gal) are great singers and not only do they make their voices sound just like their counterparts in the Grateful Dead, but they also sing with greater range and power. And as musicians, the fact that they are really good and often sound indistinguishable from the Grateful Dead makes the whole DSO phenomenon irresistable for me.

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Then there's the issue of energy. How often we've moaned about Grateful Dead performances that lack energy as our heros sounded tired, lethargic and uninvolved. Not a problem here... for one thing, these musicians are young and play with the energy of youth.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Long on August 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I heard this bad on AcidPlanet's website and immediately liked them. But his cd is very disappointing. The sound quality is horrible and their voices sound as if this is not one of their best performances, I would hope. I have not been able to see them perform live yet but after hearing this I'm not sure if I will. I would not recommend this cd to anyone. But I'm giving it two stars instead of one because this music is better than a lot of others out there.
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