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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.
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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • ASIN: B008RPXQ2O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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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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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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By Kell on October 25, 2013
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The full box set was a limited edition and it sold out pretty fast with good reason. This may be latter-day Dead which is a much different proposition from the fire-eating monster of early Dead, but it is very good-to-excellent mature music making with some pyrotechnics thrown in-albeit electronically processed pyros. I personally think this is really the last consistent period of great Dead shows. To me, the magic was lost generally by 1992 with only a few great shows in uneven tours. This collection gives the more casual fan a great taste of spring 90. I was lucky enough to get the full box set which I treasure but purchased this on vinyl for quick listening of some of the highlights on my trusty turntable. The package is first rate also-very collectable item.
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Very few highlights here! The performances are average, yet solid. The sound is somewhat disappointing, lacking punch and depth. Jerry is too quiet in the mix. Highs: Loser (we've been waiting for this one!), All Over Now (Brent!), Birdsong, Scarlet, and Dew. I could do without the Good Times Roll, Easy To Love You, The Last Time, Gimme Some Lovin' and even the Attics...hard to believe they couldn't cobble together something more interesting from this run. Still, makes a decent companion to the (superior) Without A Net and Dozin' at the Knick.
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I tended to think late Dead albums weren't so hot until I bought the GarciaLive album from the 1990's and thought that it was fine. So I bought this, and it's really good. It isn't a single concert but selections from a tour, and the selections have been very well made. I don't think I've heard the Dead cover "This could be the last time" on any other album, and they do a nice job here. Also "Loser," which is on many concert albums, really comes across well here -- Jerry's vocals are particularly strong. And I agree with the reviewers who praise Brent Mydland's work here. I love Keith Godchaux (and really miss Donna Jean's vocal contribution) but Mydland is his own man -- in some ways more interventionist in the aural mix than Keith tended to be. His songs and singing are fine with me too, though I realize he's an acquired taste. "West L. A. Fadeaway" and "Feel Like a Stranger" were new to me, and very attractive. On the second disc, The opening three songs were strong, and I love "Morning Dew" (soulful stuff), which is really nicely done here. A nice mix, then, of the familiar and unfamiliar, well performed and in good sound.
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