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The Closing of Winterland: December 31, 1978

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a bad introduction for the non-initiate

    I am a recent devotee' of GD . I saw them in the summer of '03 with Bob Dylan. That show was decent, but the guitarist playing Jerry Garcia's part had NO sense of melody or restraint. After hearing this album, I can see why Jerry was so integral to what made them who they were. Jerry's voice and fluid guitar lines were both catchy, inventive, and never really too much. Granted, when in minute 12 of some songs, you can lose focus, but the album as a whole is very cohesive, and their choice of cover tunes is great! No matter what the fogged faithful may say, there really is no reason EVER to have the drum solos on the album. That is my only complaint. I'm never really impressed by the "look at us, we're BOTH soloing on the drums" platform. I can enjoy subtleties both musical and lyrical, but the drum solo is just a 20 minute waste. This album is great for driving or turning up and just rockin' out. If you like their greatest hits, but aren't sure what to get next, I would recommend this set. Well worth the money. I wish I had been exposed to this stuff long before Jerry died. Fortunately, The GD have scads of live material that varies enough over time to be worth investment.

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