What does it sound like?:
This four CD set is a sampler for the mammoth eighty CD box set, which showcases one concert from each year of the band’s touring career, spanning 1966 -1995.
This package contains one song from each of the shows, all previously unreleased, plus a 1965 studio recording of Caution (Do Not Step On The Tracks).
All Dead fans will have their favourite era of shows and of course their own ideas as to what music should have been included here, but the compilers have done a good job overall.
For me, highlights include Here Comes Sunshine (from 1973), Scarlet Begonias (from 1976), a lovely version of Morning Dew (from 1987) and Ramble On Rose (from 1990).
The set concludes with a cover of Robbie Roberson’s Broken Arrow, a wistful So Many Roads and finally a mournful sounding Garcia rounds thing off with Dylan’s Visions Of Johanna.
A very informative and well put together booklet enhances this beautifully packaged set with extensive notes on the songs and shows.
What does it all *mean*?
Everyone will have their own little quibbles as to what songs were not included – no China Cat Sunflower/I Know You » Continue Reading.