The list author says: "I can't explain why I find Jerry and pals so endlessly fascinating, even though much of their output is less than stellar. Maybe it's the love and obsessiveness that they engender that draws me. Or their catholic embrace of American popular music. The Dead at their best is summed up in the gorgeous and poignant Days Between (a rehearsal take on So Many Roads); fittingly, Garcia and Hunter's last song together - an achingly lovely melody, Jerry's voice cracked and poignant, the lyrics alternating between sophomoric and profound. There's that flawed beauty. Maybe the joy of the Dead is in finding the gems that lurk in the mixed bag of life. Anyway, here is a list of some fine moments in their history that I can vouch for although I defer to real Deadheads."
"Fascinating career-spanning compilation of previously unreleased material that encapsulates much of what was great (and not so great) about this band. Like the Dead, this is most interesting when it's creative and experimental (Watkins Glen Soundcheck Jam), sweet and melancholy (Beautiful Jam/To Lay Me Down), tough and bluesy (The Same Thing), or congenial and relaxed (Whiskey in the Jar)."
"Speedy, punky, joyful, occasionally dissonant and very bluesy - this is one of the very best Dead albums. Check out the storm of ecstatic noise at the end of Viola Lee Blues. Sonic Youth would be proud. And this version is packed with blistering live bonus tracks."
"Very different from many live Dead albums, this pretty much ignores the psychedelia and emphasizes their uptempo country rock side. This is energetic, fun, and full of great songs. Oh and Elvis Costello was at one of the gigs and became a Dead fan. So it's OK to like this."
"Showcases their stoner country rock material to good effect, but what I love here is the mellow take on their psychedelic material, notably the incredibly laid back and almost delicate version of Dark Star."