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The highlights are the amazing jams -- "The Other One," the end of "Wharf Rat," and "Not Fade Away/Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad," with one of those patented instrumental transitions from one to the other. Garcia's guitar throughout is just PERFECT, from his solos on "Bertha" right on through -- SKULL & ROSES definitely captures some of his best playing. The band sounds tight -- Mickey Hart had left, but Kreutzmann is right on it, you don't miss him at all.
There are purists who want only entire shows (which is what many of the Dick's Picks are), and this patches together shows from Winterland, the Fillmore East and the Manhattan Center (no dates provided, though I know the Fillmore material overlaps with LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...). The solution is -- don't be a purist if you don't want to miss out!
Listening to this album, it is hard to believe it was recorded live, especially by the Grateful Dead. The sound quality is very good (but not perfect).
What is really amazing is the live performance of the Dead. It is crisp, tight and controlled. It is like they are playing in the studio, with retakes and overdubs. Even the 18 minute Other One sounds like it is under control. I love the long winded, rambling jams of the Dead, but this change of pace is also great.
The song selection and interpretation of the songs is great. There are a number of country songs from contemporary song writers of the time, like Merle Haggard. They are played in new and interesting ways (for that time). Then there are the longer songs, like Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away and the Other One. You can tell that the Other One was pulled out of a longer jam. It would be interesting to hear the entire piece.
Rhino records has done a wonderful job of remastering all of the original Warner Brothers Dead LP's. The original CD release was not bad, but here the sound is enchanced even more with HDCD. Each remastered CD contains extensive liner notes and bonus tracks, filling all 80 minutes of the CD length. Since the original album was 74 minutes long, there is not too much room for extras here.Read more ›
Another facet of the Skull and Roses recordings that is underappreciated in my mind is the drumming of Bill Kreutzman throughout this album. Kreutzman once said that drumming should feel like dancing, and if you want to hear a drummer dancing to the sound of a band in its prime, just listen to the drum tracks here. I love Mickey Hart and his contributions not only to the Dead, but to percussion in general, but to my ears,the single drum set on this recording lends a simplicity and purity that is seldom evident on Dead outings with the full double drum set-up.
One more item that stands out and separates this live recording from others that came before and after, was the engineering of the sound. The Dead were surrounded by technical people who loved the music and found a way to give it life on vinyl (and digital media). The sound here is remarkable, especially in light of the fact that the technological leaps that were just around the corner, were not at the disposal of the bands at that time.Read more ›
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ALL THE SONGS ARE LIKE A 1963 STINGRAY SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE --THEY JUST DO NOT MAKE THEM LIKE THAT ANY MORE=== COME ON LIVE AT THE FILLMORE NY====CAN IT GET ANY BETTER!!!!!Published 1 month ago by grassshopper
I took this on a nine hour roadtrip and it felt like I had Jerry Garcia sitting right next to me while I had this CD playing!Published 4 months ago by Taylor marie
Live Dead!! What a great CD!! From "Bertha" to "I'm a Hog For You", it never lets up. Five stars!Published 4 months ago by Rob Shaver
I ordered this as part as a birthday gift and received it way earlier than expected. Love it! Thank youPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My third iteration of this album in various formats. I guess that means it is great or I have bad taste in music.Published 7 months ago by Henry Evans