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**PLEASE READ!!** NOT NEWER REISSUE! NOT 180 GRAM!! RARE OLDER STEREO LISTENING COPY. Rare white label Warner. Vinyl has very light imperfections, but it sounds easily VG+, marked WS 1689. Cover shows shelf wear, edge wear, WELL-TAPED surface tear at bottom, nothing terrible, but buy this one for the great music. Ships rapidly from St. Louis Missouri.
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J.Park
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Progressive, spacey jams from 1974
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2018
I think that everybody has their favorite years for live Dead concerts and I am no different. For me, their peak was 73-78, with 74 and 77/78 as my favorite years. This 5-CD compilation brings together excerpts of Winterland concerts from October 16-20, 1974 that are... See more
I think that everybody has their favorite years for live Dead concerts and I am no different. For me, their peak was 73-78, with 74 and 77/78 as my favorite years. This 5-CD compilation brings together excerpts of Winterland concerts from October 16-20, 1974 that are characteristic of 1974 – long, spacey jams. This was the last live concert before a hiatus from touring in 1975 - ish. It was also the last time the “Wall of Sound” was used. This was a massive and sophisticated sound system that that was a logistical and financial nightmare for the band. The sound is awesome though. This music was originally presented as a soundtrack to a video of the concerts (Grateful Dead Movie), but tracks not in the movie were added to this release.

This is not a complete concert from beginning to end. Although excerpted from different concerts, there is a logic/cadence to the tunes, so it does not sound choppy. The selections consist of the short and bouncy crowd favorites (One More Saturday Night, US Blues); extended (20+ minute) improvisational workouts that drew me to band in the first place (Playing in the Band; Eyes of the World); and their lengthy composed pieces (Weather Report Suite). The jams are very *progressive*, with elements of jazz thrown in for good measure. I can also hear a smidge of the European avant-rock in some of the more out-there moments. So yeah, if you don’t like lengthy (and sometimes experimental) jams, you might be better off looking elsewhere (1980 and on).

In addition to being a fan of this group since the Pleistocene, I am also a progressive rock fan and I find this music fascinating. These guys are fantastic musicians so there is a lot of sophisticated ensemble playing. It is extremely difficult to pull off what they do in a live setting – everybody has to be communicating and understand what their role is. Of course, the band was not always successful at this, but when it clicked, it was truly something to behold.

The sound quality of this Rhino release (produced by David Lemieux and Jeffrey Norman) is excellent, although some people have complained about reverb on the vocals. It does not bother me one bit – I have bigger fish to fry – but this may turn some people off. The packaging of this CD is not bad, although there is room for improvement. For example, the booklet has photos but no historical tidbits for people that might be getting into the group for this first time - let’s face it, this is a historical document. I also think the CD case is cheap – I have to be careful when opening and closing the case for fear that I might crack it.

So there you have it. For those of you that are new to the band, do not be intimidated into thinking that you have to be *experienced* or *seasoned* to *understand* live recordings of this group. That’s hogwash. I have found that live recordings of this group, while abundant, are obscenely expensive. Recommended starting points for the new fan that won’t break the bank (but may shake the foundations a bit) include: Great American Music Hall (8/13/75); the most popular concert of all time, Cornell University - Barton Hall (5/8/77); Red Rocks (7/8/78); and Closing of Winterland – New Year’s Eve bash (12/31/78 – 1/1/79). After Donna and Keith left the group (early 79), I kind of lost interest, so I stopped my recommendations for live recordings at 1978.
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J. Wolters
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Best sound quality!
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2016
All I can say is Wow! I have a lot of official Dead recordings.....around 60.....and I gotta say, this is easily top 3 in terms of recording quality....I''d actually say the pinnacle. It''s pretty amazing considering this is a circa 1974 recording. It bests the Spring 1990... See more
All I can say is Wow! I have a lot of official Dead recordings.....around 60.....and I gotta say, this is easily top 3 in terms of recording quality....I''d actually say the pinnacle. It''s pretty amazing considering this is a circa 1974 recording. It bests the Spring 1990 box set both in terms of recording quality and material, which is saying something! Are there any better recordings? Not in my collection. If anyone knows of a better engineered recording, please let me know....
I would really like to see all 5 shows from this run released in a box set. It really is superior to every other recording I have personally heard.
The mix is just perfect.....everything sounds correct......the imaging and soundstage are accurate and deep......Jerry''s guitar sits perfectly within the mix and is neither recessed nor too forward....it is as clear as a church bell at midnight! Phil is also particularly well mixed!! On a good sounding hifi system you REALLY feel like you are experiencing a live show, more so than ANY other Dead recording I have ever heard.....it really is breathtaking.
If I could give it 6 stars I would. An example of a 5 star recording would be the Winterland 1977 3 show box set....) but this is in fact better by a margin in my opinion.
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Where's Godot?Top Contributor: Classic Rock
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Wow, Wow, Wow!
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2017
I have hundreds and hundreds of hours of live Dead from official releases, soundboards, audience tapes and imports and I have to say this album is now one of my favorites. Many believe that the Dead peaked in 77, but I would argue that they had multiple peaks and 74 was... See more
I have hundreds and hundreds of hours of live Dead from official releases, soundboards, audience tapes and imports and I have to say this album is now one of my favorites. Many believe that the Dead peaked in 77, but I would argue that they had multiple peaks and 74 was definitely one of them. These shows (Oct. 16-20, 1974) are filled with energy, amazing jams and you can hear how much fun the band was having. They were getting ready to take what became about a year and half hiatus from touring and they were playing in one of their favorite venues - it was like a perfect storm of awesomeness. The recordings are masterfully done. I still can''t believe that you get 5 discs for around $30...hands down the best deal going. ABSOLUTELY everyone who appreciates the Dead needs to own this collection. The liner notes are scant on text but contain great photographs and art from the movie. Get this collection before someone at Rhino wakes up and quadruples the price!
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HJK
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
I''m glad that this is back in print
Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2018
First of all, I''m glad that this is back in print. I got my first copy of this CD when it was first released, along with the accompanying DVD. I had the VHS of the GD Movie too, and got the Bluray release when it came out. This run has my favorite versions of... See more
First of all, I''m glad that this is back in print. I got my first copy of this CD when it was first released, along with the accompanying DVD. I had the VHS of the GD Movie too, and got the Bluray release when it came out.

This run has my favorite versions of Uncle John''s Band, Eyes of the World, Morning Dew; and has one of my favorite versions of China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, and Playing In The Band (the 10/16/74 performance on disc 1). But pretty much each rendition of every song on this run is top notch.

I agree with the other reviewers who mention the sound quality on these discs: it is absolutely amazing. My only quibble with this release is the Eyes: it is incomplete and over-processed. It deletes the first Jerry solo, deletes big chunks of the jam after the final solo, pitch-corrects Donna''s vocals throughout, and puts everyone''s chorus vocals through some kind of echo processing. Sure, Donna''s vocals needed pitch-correcting at times, but I''d rather have an organic, complete version of my favorite Eyes. A recording of this version of Eyes is on the So Many Roads release, which leaves Jerry''s first solo and the entire jam into China Doll intact -- it''s a shame that this release isn''t as complete. Although the So Many Roads version edits Donna''s vocals out completely. I don''t know if the discrepancies have to do with problems with the two-track and multi-track source tapes, but it''s a shame that a pristine sounding, unmolested version of this Eyes has not been released. Even the FLAC recordings that circulated amongst traders had Donna''s vocals missing.
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The Kid
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Comfy, Like a Warm Blanket!
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2013
At the age of 52, I have only recently come to appreciate the Dead. I liked their few radio hits, but never delved any deeper into their musical catalogue. Then, I picked up this soundtrack, and everything changed. I have come late to the game, but am glad to be here.... See more
At the age of 52, I have only recently come to appreciate the Dead. I liked their few radio hits, but never delved any deeper into their musical catalogue. Then, I picked up this soundtrack, and everything changed. I have come late to the game, but am glad to be here.

These shows from Winterland, circa 1974, evidence an exceptionally high and rare level of musicianship. It is an organic type of improvisation; one knows, intuitively, where the band is going ... yet, there are unexpected twists and turns along the way before we get to our destination. I think that''s just marvelous.

This soundtrack brings us the Dead in prime form toward the end of the Wall of Sound period. The period is interesting because the band is exploring some "far out" jamming while playing around the melody of each song. The quality of the recording is pristine, and this set contains some excellent playing by Garcia and company. Jerry is in particularly fine form both in his playing and vocalizing. Bob Weir sounds great, and Phil Lesh is really the unsung hero as his melodic bass playing is palpable and provides a firm foundation. Keith G. plays in a way that accompanies Jerry''s fluid lines quite well, and Bill Kreutzman''s drumming is creative without being overbearing. I believe that Mickey Hart makes an appearance as well, but it is Kreutzman''s drumming which drives the band throughout.

The only real downer here is the presence of Donna G. On the one hand, she is consistently sharp, overreaching and screeching on most harmony lines; this becomes annoying and intrusive, thereby impairing otherwise enjoyable performances. Not as bad and obvious as Yoko Ono, but boy does she come close. On the other hand, there are instances where she is flat as a pancake. I don''t recall many, if any, instances where she is on key. Apparently, this is a chronic problem in the Donna and Keith era. The Dead needed her like Jerry needed more sugar in his diet, but I guess she and Keith came as a package deal.

Since becoming enamored with the Dead, I have purchased quite a lot of their material. The Dead are, indeed, like a warm, comfy blanket. Their music is at once familiar, yet new; always, there is a sense of great warmth and a cozy feeling that all is right with the world. No music from any other band has moved me this way, even that of my beloved Beatles.

This set is an awesome and essential part of the GD cannon and the price/performance ratio is off the scale. Buying this 5 disc set is a no-brainer. Whether you''re just getting into the band, or are a Deadhead of long standing, don''t hesitate on this one.
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Montana Jack
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Love The Music, CD Quality Lacking
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
I received this CD as a gift from my family and love it. The recording quality is great and it has an interesting mix of songs -- not everything I''d like to have but still good selections. But, after no more than a dozen plays, the songs on the last 10% of two... See more
I received this CD as a gift from my family and love it. The recording quality is great and it has an interesting mix of songs -- not everything I''d like to have but still good selections.

But, after no more than a dozen plays, the songs on the last 10% of two of the CDs don''t play any longer. I''d thought it was my CD player, but, trying them in my car and another CD player in the house, it appears there''s an issue as there are no visible signs of damage, etc. Too bad as it is too late to return them, if Amazon would even accept a return...
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jam2009
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Awesome sound and better playin.
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2013
Listened to 3 CDs of this collection last night working at home and was again blown away with this effort. Also listened to about 3 others shows (way too much work) and compared to other Dead, this one more than holds it''s own. The sound quality is fabulous and the dead... See more
Listened to 3 CDs of this collection last night working at home and was again blown away with this effort. Also listened to about 3 others shows (way too much work) and compared to other Dead, this one more than holds it''s own. The sound quality is fabulous and the dead really seemed to hold nothing back. They were surely aware this was going to used commercially and were collectivly, all in top form. I am a huge lover of Keith''s playing and he was spectacular and right in front on a number of songs. Jerry was prime time and his voice strong and playful at the same time. Bob also brought his A game and Phil his usual rock that keeps it all together. Donna is solid, but not her best. At this price, for the folks trying to build a collection, this is a home run. You don''t get the full dead drum bottom withiout Mickey in the band, but Bill shows off his greatness with a sound that seems fuller than one drummer.
Buy it, if you don''t have it, it''ll make you a happy person
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Derek Corey
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Prime 1974 Grateful Dead
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2021
I was very happy to get this set. The whole band is in fine form, going through a wide range of styles from rock to country, folk, gospel, jazz, and even a touch of psychedelia. Awesome versions of all the best of the Grateful Dead''s repertoire from the mid-70''s is... See more
I was very happy to get this set. The whole band is in fine form, going through a wide range of styles from rock to country, folk, gospel, jazz, and even a touch of psychedelia. Awesome versions of all the best of the Grateful Dead''s repertoire from the mid-70''s is presented here, like Dark Star,Playing In The Band, The Other One, China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider, He''s Gone and many others. I was however dissapointed that the last few minutes of Playing In The Band on the end of disc 1 starts skipping. Thinking it mere coincidence that my copy did this, I bought another copy, and it did the same thing in the exact spot that my other one did. Hopefully, this problem can be fixed in future pressings. But for now I''ll hang on to this one.
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Mr Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
superb collection.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 9, 2010
Not being a Dead Head as such,im fairly new to the band,this being my third purchase,after ''The Best Of'' and ''To Terrapin'',so i approach with a different viewpoint,i dont have hours of disc''s to compare against nor know the Dead Heads politics,re which line up,era etc was...See more
Not being a Dead Head as such,im fairly new to the band,this being my third purchase,after ''The Best Of'' and ''To Terrapin'',so i approach with a different viewpoint,i dont have hours of disc''s to compare against nor know the Dead Heads politics,re which line up,era etc was best,who did what,smoked what ,who was high and who wasnt. I generally look for something i like,enjoy and value for money,on all 3 fronts this scores very high,5 cd''s easily fulfills the value for money and as the music contained is superb,then its a winner. The set was recommended by a few dead head and it was advice well taken,some of the playing on these disc''s got the hairs on the back of my neck standing up,i dont normally smile that much,heavy metal fan and all that,ha ha,but from the opening moments of ''US Blues'' to the finale ''We Bid You Goodnight'' i was grinning from ear to ear,indeed the first 3 tracks on disc 1 had me hitting the repeat button,cant remember the last time i enjoyed 3 tracks so much,another mention must go to the 30 min version of ''Playin In The Band'',simply superb. Its unlikely that you''ll listen to the 5 discs in one session,but the tracks are so well laid out that picking each disc individually is rewarding,cant recommend this set high enough,great place to start,certainly better than the excellent but inadequate best of,one disc cant do justice to this bands output,certainly their live product which appears to take on a life of its own.
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S. Hutchinson
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TOP NOTCH
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2014
OF ALL THE LIVE GRATEFUL DEAD CD,S I,VE HEARD (ADMITTEDLY NOT THAT MANY ) THIS IS DEFINITELY THE BEST ONE , THE RECORDING IS GREAT , TRACK SELECTION EXCELLENT AND THE PLAYING AND SINGING IS PRETTY MUCH FAULTLESS .I THINK WHAT MAKES THIS ONE SPECIAL IS THAT ,RATHER THAN...See more
OF ALL THE LIVE GRATEFUL DEAD CD,S I,VE HEARD (ADMITTEDLY NOT THAT MANY ) THIS IS DEFINITELY THE BEST ONE , THE RECORDING IS GREAT , TRACK SELECTION EXCELLENT AND THE PLAYING AND SINGING IS PRETTY MUCH FAULTLESS .I THINK WHAT MAKES THIS ONE SPECIAL IS THAT ,RATHER THAN PIANO BACKING , THEY USE FENDER RHODES WHICH GIVES IT A VERY MELLOW,JAZZY SOUND .I WOULD LOVE TO GET MORE SHOWS WITH THIS SOUND .EVEN DARK STAR HAS FENDER RHODES KEYBOARDS AND IT SOUNDS GREAT .HIGHLY RECOMMENDED , IF YOU ONLY GET ONE LIVE GRATEFUL DEAD SET THIS IS THE ONE , MORE INTERESTING THAN THE REALLY EARLY GIGS BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENT STYLES AND QUALITY OF SONGS , IN MY OPINION .A MUST BUY .
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Lozarithm
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Tour De Force
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 17, 2008
In October 1974, the Grateful Dead played for five nights at the Winterland in San Francisco by way of a temporary farewell, filming the shows for a film that they hoped would serve as a substitute until they resumed touring, but which didn''t appear until 1977, by which...See more
In October 1974, the Grateful Dead played for five nights at the Winterland in San Francisco by way of a temporary farewell, filming the shows for a film that they hoped would serve as a substitute until they resumed touring, but which didn''t appear until 1977, by which time they were back on the road. Meanwhile, selections from the concerts had appeared on the double-album set Steal Your Face. Generally regarded as the Dead''s poorest live album, both in the song selection and the sound mix by Bear and Phil Lesh, it came to be known as Steal Your Money. It''s not an album I have heard, but I do know that none of its detractors level the same criticisms at this magnificent 5CD set, culled from the same shows. It is the CD equivalent of the film but with much added, even more than the extended 300-minute DVD set that came out in 2004. There is little overlap with Steal Your Face: four songs appear on both (Ship Of Fools, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, US Blues, Stella Blues) but only Ship Of Fools comes from the same night. As the sound has been radically upgraded by Jeffrey Norman for this set, it would be interesting to compare with the earlier master. At the time of these gigs Mickey was on a gap year (but guests on the final night) and Keith and Donna were fully paid-up members alongside Jerry, Phil, Bob and Bill. The recording dates are given and show that each disc favours one night in date order, but can contain performances drawn from any night between 16th-20th. For example CD1 contains tracks from every night except 20th but features a full half-hour segment of Playing In The Band from the opening night, whereas CD5 is entirely drawn from the final night. All the performances are complete (unlike the film) and when the songs run into one another (as they do for all but two tracks on CD2) they always come from the same performance. Some songs are kept short, others are fully stretched, and each disc contains doses of spacey jams or drum extravaganzas. A few songs reappear on different nights (Playing In The Band, The Other One, Not Fade Away), always with good reason, and CD3 features the relatively new Weather Report Suite almost side by side with the ever evolving Dark Star (a blissful 24 minute version). The Grateful Dead are unique among the rock fraternity and this generously priced, lovingly assembled artifact helps explain why and is bound to win them many new fans drawn from different generations. The package is rounded off with a colour booklet of photos and artwork. There are no notes but full credits are listed at the back. A tour de force.
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Mrs M
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Amazingly quick delivery. Five CDs for 15 quid gotta ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2015
Amazingly quick delivery. Five CDs for 15 quid gotta be. The recordings are crisp and clear. Couldn''t stop listening even when the long strange trip was over.
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It’s the dead!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2019
Great album
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