Grateful Dead: A View From the Vault II

Grateful Dead: A View From the Vault II

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Director: Len dell'Amico, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bruce Hornsby

Cast: Len dell'Amico, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bruce Hornsby

     
 

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While psychedelic rock pioneers the Grateful Dead had been making audio recordings of their shows since the 1960s, in the late '80s -- when their popularity had grown enough that they were regularly playing sports arenas and stadiums -- they started using video screens on-stage to provide a clear view of the band for everyone in attendance, and the group's staff began

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While psychedelic rock pioneers the Grateful Dead had been making audio recordings of their shows since the 1960s, in the late '80s -- when their popularity had grown enough that they were regularly playing sports arenas and stadiums -- they started using video screens on-stage to provide a clear view of the band for everyone in attendance, and the group's staff began archiving the video feeds from their live shows, as well as the music. Grateful Dead: A View From the Vault, Vol. 2 presents the video from the band's June 14, 1991, show at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., along with the concert's original live audio mix. Selections include "Jack-A-Roe," "Big River," "The Music Never Stopped," "Dark Star," and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," among others. As a bonus, this video also includes four songs from a July 12, 1990, performance at the same venue.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Chas Turner
Following up on the phenomenal Pittsburgh show caught on the first View from the Vault, this second video collection captures two Grateful Dead sets from their June 14, 1991, show at RFK Stadium in Washington, D. C. Two relatively new keyboardists joined the band in the wake of veteran ivory pusher Brent Mydland's death: Vince Welnick (formerly of the Tubes) and pop virtuoso Bruce Hornsby, both adding exciting, unexpected new currents to the whirling soundscapes set down by Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir. The first set kicks off with an electrifying "Cold Rain and Snow" (from the eponymous first album), segueing into "Big River" and a sparkling treatment of the Dylan chestnut "Maggie's Farm." By the time Hornsby joins in on the second set, the band is well in the pocket, jazzing it up with a riveting attack on "Help on the Way-Slipknot!-Franklin's Tower," the blazing opening to their Blues for Allah album. If the footage taken from the live video feed is sometimes wooly, the sound -- recorded directly from the live boards -- is note-perfect. Added to the DVD version are two more songs -- the twangy "Wang Dang Doodle" and "Jack-a-Roe" -- and "Liberty, "a video directed by Kreutzmann's son, Justin.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2013
UPC:
0826663141245
Original Release:
2001
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
3:50:00
Sales rank:
33,092

Special Features

RFK Stadium; Washington, DC; July12, 1990 Box Of Rain, Victim Or The Crime, Foolish Heart, Dark Star; "Liberty" Video (Directed by Justin Kreutzmann); Visibly Lyrics Option; Venue Information; Band Bio

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Disc #1 -- Grateful Dead: A View From the Vault II
1. Chapter 1 [8:51]
2. Chapter 2 [6:31]
3. Chapter 3 [6:31]
4. Chapter 4 [5:42]
5. Chapter 5 [7:33]
6. Chapter 6 [11:04]
7. Chapter 7 [6:41]
8. Chapter 8 [7:52]
9. Chapter 9 [8:59]
10. Chapter 10 [4:34]
11. Chapter 11 [8:25]
12. Chapter 12 [12:25]
13. Chapter 13 [13:13]
14. Chapter 14 [11:27]
15. Chapter 15 [9:51]
16. Chapter 16 [8:26]
17. Chapter 17 [10:47]
18. Chapter 18 [9:23]
19. Chapter 19 [7:16]
20. Chapter 20 [7:34]
21. Chapter 21 [8:23]
22. Chapter 22 [10:08]
23. Chapter 23 [24:44]
24. Chapter 24 [:19]
25. Chapter 25 [2:09]

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Grateful Dead: A View From the Vault II 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent show, played with drive & determination in the heat and humidity that is Washington D.C.'s Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in late spring, early summer. This show features the two keyboardist team of new permanent member Vince Welnick and part-time helping-out Pop sensation, Bruce Hornsby. This new blood gives the band something new to figure out and amaze each other, along with the audience. The first set highlight is Big River into Maggie's Farm. The second set highlights are a great Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower, Estimated Prophet > Dark Star > Drums > Space > Stella Blue. Bob weir's Turn On Your Lovelight is almost pale by comparison. There is a nice bonus to this DVD from July 12, 1990, which includes Box Of Rain > Victim Or The Crime > Foolish Heart > Dark Star. The Foolish Heart is somewhat of a let down. This show (6/14/91) was a fun experience for us, even in the humidity. The drawback on this DVD is that the source video is a video feed to the large screens that were employed for the folks who could not see the band up close, most of the audience and contains some video effects that seemed neat, psychedelic, and cool at the time but more than 20 years later, seem cheesy and dated. Some of the shots could have been better, I would have liked to see more of Jerry doing a lead part than something else, but what can you do. The soundtrack three disc CD set lets your mind imagine much more than what you see here but unfortunately, it is currently out of print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Dead show I've seen, and I'm not impressed. Here they are on stage before 30,000 people, and they don't look like they're getting a bit of enjoyment from it. It's hard to tell if they're playing a rock concert or reading Anna Karenina. I listen to jazz a lot and love improvisation, but not the way these men do it. All six men are playing all the time, and this constant thick texture gets monotonous quickly. There is little variation in dynamics and tempo. Deadheads seem to think this stuff is heaven, but 15 minutes is all I need.