It was included solely for the purpose of appeasing those people who will not buy a release unless it's a complete show. Disc One has annoying sonic problems all over it and the music goes nowhere. Now here is where this release becomes great. In my opinion, Disc 2 and Disc 3 of 16 are the two best discs in the entire Dick's Picks series which goes up to 24 now.
Also the sonic problems of disc one disappear. From slightly after the first verse of Dark Star all the way through to the end of Disc 3 this is phenomenal Grateful Dead. The Dead at their best. Phil and Jerry are all over this release. It's a rare occurence when one of the Grateful Dead's best shows of all time actually becomes an official release.
Dicks Picks 16 is one of those occurences. I will say this though If you aren't much of a fan of , , and Grateful Dead then this cd will probably not convert you, as it will still be too heavy. If you prefer the sing-along AIko-AIko Grateful Dead of the middle and later years then this isn't the release for you. The music on this Pick gets wild and wooly, beautifully thunderous and melodically caucophonous. In other words, if you tend to gravitate more towards tame, polished releases such as Without A Net then you may not like this cd.
The band just really goes for it on this Pick, there is no holding back and obviously they blew alot of minds that night. I wouldn't be surprised if many of the people who were actually at this show still consider it to be the best Grateful Dead performance they ever attended. This Pick is an epic Grateful Dead release. I am a fan of the 's version of the Dead, and their sound began turning a corner only months after this show, when they became more acoustic and Bob Weir started in more with the "cowboy" songs.
Forget what the last reviewer said about Disc 1 - the beginning of the show has many great things going for it. Pigpen is in top form on Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.
Good Lovin and Cumberland Blues end the disc on a high note. The last two discs don't need a breakdown; it's all the Dead in top form. All in all, this is peak Grateful Dead in its incarnation, and if you like that era, you can't go wrong.
Description Disc: 1 1. Good Morning Little School Girl 2. Casey Jones 3. Dire Wolf 4. Easy Wind 5. China Cat Sunflower 6. I Know You Rider 7. High Time 8. Mama Tried 9. Good Lovin Cumberland Blues Disc: 2 1. Dark Star 2. The Other One 3. Stephen Live Lyrics 8. Good Lovin' Live Lyrics 9. High Time Live Lyrics Caution Version 2 [Live] Lyrics Caution Version 1 [Live] Lyrics The Eleven Live Lyrics Dark Star Version 3 [Live] Lyrics Dark Star Version 2 [Live] Lyrics Dark Star Version 1 [Live] Lyrics Do you like this album?
Leave a review. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Live. Easy Wind Live. Dire Wolf Live. Uncle John's Band Live. China Cat Sunflower Live. Casey Jones Live. Stephen Live. Good Lovin' Live.
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