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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the fall of 1980, the Grateful Dead played a series of shows at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco and Radio City Music Hall in New York City (venues considerably smaller than they had grown accustomed to) for the purpose of filming and recording. The group opened these special concerts with a special acoustic set at which Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir played acoustic guitars, Brent Mydland played piano, and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart played reduced kits. (Phil Lesh stuck to his electric bass, but at a modest volume.) Also special was the set list, as demonstrated by the track list on this album drawn from the shows. A batch of old folk and country ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the fall of 1980, the Grateful Dead played a series of shows at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco and Radio City Music Hall in New York City (venues considerably smaller than they had grown accustomed to) for the purpose of filming and recording. The group opened these special concerts with a special acoustic set at which Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir played acoustic guitars, Brent Mydland played piano, and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart played reduced kits. (Phil Lesh stuck to his electric bass, but at a modest volume.) Also special was the set list, as demonstrated by the track list on this album drawn from the shows. A batch of old folk and country tunes never before included on a Grateful Dead album make up half of the 16 songs, mixed in with originals. (And actually, three of those originals, "Cassidy," "To Lay Me Down," and "Bird Song," only appeared previously on Garcia or Weir solo albums.) The music deliberately harks back to a period most Deadheads weren't around for, the band's origins in the folk, bluegrass, and country groups Garcia led in Palo Alto, CA, in the early '60s, culminating in Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, the band that went electric and became the Warlocks, renamed the Grateful Dead. Garcia in particular seems comfortable with this material, and he takes two-thirds of the lead vocals, with Weir spelling him every couple of tracks, usually with a song at least slightly more uptempo (although, for example, his version of "The Race Is On" has none of the breakneck pace of George Jones' original). Of the bandmembers, Garcia is the one who has shown the most affection for the Grateful Dead's folk and country roots, continually reintroducing them either with the band or in his side projects, and his ease with such selections as "Jack-A-Roe" and "Deep Elem Blues" is apparent. At the same time, the juxtaposition of such traditional material with originals by Garcia and his lyric partner Robert Hunter, such as the lead-off song, "Dire Wolf," and the closer, "Ripple," emphasizes the songwriters' deliberate effort to evoke and reshape the folk idiom in their compositions. The Grateful Dead have released numerous live albums, but this one takes a different approach, and it will appeal especially to the many fans of Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. A 1987 CD reissue of the original two-LP set from 1981 actually deleted one of the tracks, but the 2004 reissue included in the box set Beyond Description (1973-1989) and released here on its own not only restores that song ("Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie"), but also more than doubles the original running time with a second CD, including alternate versions of songs that had been featured already and several new songs -- "Iko Iko," "Heaven Help the Fool," "El Paso," "Sage & Spirit," "Little Sadie," and "Tom Dooley." (That last track and the alternate version of "Deep Elem Blues," which close the bonus disc, do not come from the 1980 shows; they are taken from a performance at Loyola University in 1978.) The extra material somewhat redresses the balance between the two singer/guitarists, with Weir getting to do his familiar rendition of "El Paso" as well as the instrumentals "Heaven Help the Fool" and "Sage & Spirit," both his compositions. The additions are interesting, but they do not lead to any second guessing of the songs and performances chosen by the original producers for the 1981 release. [Rhino reissued the CD with bonus tracks in 2006.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • UPC: 081227328221
  • Catalog Number: 73282
  • Sales rank: 23,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dire Wolf (3:20)
  2. 2 The Race Is On (3:00)
  3. 3 Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie (6:27)
  4. 4 It Must Have Been the Roses (6:59)
  5. 5 Dark Hollow (3:51)
  6. 6 China Doll (5:21)
  7. 7 Been All Around This World (4:13)
  8. 8 Monkey and the Engineer (2:55)
  9. 9 Jack-A-Roe (4:13)
  10. 10 Deep Elem Blues (4:53)
  11. 11 Cassidy (4:34)
  12. 12 To Lay Me Down (9:02)
  13. 13 Rosalie McFall (2:53)
  14. 14 On the Road Again (3:13)
  15. 15 Bird Song (7:36)
  16. 16 Ripple (4:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 To Lay Me Down (9:13)
  2. 2 Iko Iko (4:23)
  3. 3 Heaven Help the Fool (6:18)
  4. 4 El Paso (4:40)
  5. 5 Sage & Spirit (3:13)
  6. 6 Little Sadie (2:44)
  7. 7 It Must Have Been the Roses (7:00)
  8. 8 Dark Hollow (4:30)
  9. 9 Jack-A-Roe (5:07)
  10. 10 Cassidy (5:06)
  11. 11 China Doll (5:52)
  12. 12 Monkey & The Engineer (2:36)
  13. 13 Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie (7:12)
  14. 14 Ripple (4:39)
  15. 15 Tom Dooley (3:32)
  16. 16 Deep Elem Blues (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Group Member
Jerry Garcia Group Member
Bob Weir Group Member
Bill Kreutzmann Group Member
Phil Lesh Group Member
Brent Mydland Group Member
Technical Credits
Jesse Fuller Composer
Grandpa Jones Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Elizabeth Cotten Composer
Mickey Hart Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Jerry Garcia Arranger, Composer, Audio Production, Original Album Producer
Grateful Dead Arranger
Bob Weir Composer
Robert Hunter Arranger, Composer
Charlie Monroe Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
James Austin Reissue Producer
John Perry Barlow Composer
Betty Cantor-Jackson Engineer, Audio Production, Original Album Producer
John Cutler Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Donna Jean Godchaux Composer
Keith Godchaux Composer
Dan Healy Concept Development, Audio Production, Original Album Producer
Bill Kreutzmann Composer
Phil Lesh Composer
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan Composer
Don Rollins Composer
Gary Lambert Liner Notes
Dennis Leonard Engineer
Don Pearson Engineer
Barbara Anne Hawkins Composer
Rosa Lee Hawkins Composer
Joan Johnson Composer
Rick Griffin Cover Illustration
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Peter Barsotti Artwork
Bill Browning Composer
Frank Warner Composer
Traditional Composer
Cameron Sears Executive Producer
David Lemieux Reissue Producer
Dennis Larkins Artwork
James "Sugarboy" Crawford Composer
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