What does it sound like?:
Twenty years ago, the Grateful Dead’s ”So Many Roads (1965-1995)” box was released. On disc 5 of that set, an early attempt was made to show what a final GD studio album might’ve looked like, if it had been released in, say, 1994. It presented six tracks premiered by the band in live shows in the early 90s which never made it onto an album before Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995.
In many ways, this new set, “Ready or Not” expands on that remit. It has live versions of the six tracks included on So Many Roads, plus a further three live songs from the Vince Welnick era. Unusually, this is a single CD set. One disc. Just one. In GD world, that’s not at all common. Grateful Dead albums are always at least 3CDs, and of course, a couple of the monster sets have been over seventy CDs each. And the cover art of “Ready or Not” does not bode well, showing a couple of obligatory skeletons in silly clothes and shades. There are scores of GD albums with appalling covers, but I reckon this one just about takes the biscuit.
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