Written October 20, 2014
Here's a concert movie in serious need of editing: eliminate the boring kaleidoscopic ads for the Dead's favorite tie-dye artist; trim the backstory about the Creamery; even--can I actually be saying it?--cut the number of naked dancers in the crowd (at least the unattractive ones!); and just give us more of the Dead's wonderful music! Were these handful of songs--excellent as they are--the only ones recorded, or recorded well? Seems hard to believe. You can see what the filmmakers were going for, an overview of the Big Picture, but the music--the reason we're paying to see the movie--arrives too late and departs too soon. A bit of a wasted (no pun intended) opportunity here.
Written August 03, 2013
I've owned the bootleg of the movie for years, and though I've never considered it perfect, I've always cherished it as an accurate document of the Dead experience in 1972, a year I didn't get to see them. Committed, videogeek Deadheads have worked on this video for years to make it look better from the old VHS copies available back when Jerry was still alive, but it's never looked amazing. This transfer looked as good as it can with current technology thanks to the expensive restoration job they did. The music sounds amazing on the new version, but it's not all there. The edits are not necessarily better, but it does make it a much shorter movie to digest. If you're a serious Head, you need to own this when it becomes available.
Written October 21, 2014
The production quality of the video may be 1972, but the quality of the music and the sound is 2013. Thought the sound was one of the best of any Dead show I have seen either in the theater or on DVD (and I have all the commercially available DVDs). The show itself is vintage Dead and one of their best. Only possible shortcoming was that it seems the site did not have enough lighting to catch the later songs in the show, but it was 1972, a charity event and not a commercial venue which would have had better lighting. A long Dark Star (if you like that, if you don't you have a chance to hit the head or the concession stand). Must see if you are a Dead fan, no matter how old you are. If you are old enough (like me) it is nostalgic, if you are younger you get to see them at what some think was their best period. (Have to wonder how many of the Deadheads there catching rays are now seeing their dermatologists to have lesions removed, we did not use sunblock back then.)
Written August 27, 2014
This film starts off as a documentary about why the concert was put on in the first place- to help save the Springfield Creamery in Oregon. The Dead and Ken Kesey had been in twin orbits for about 6 years at this point, and the Dead were finally able to pay back Kesey and the Pranksters for giving them an auspicious start at the Acid Tests, where anything and everything went, which served the Dead very well as they built their "music plays the band" ethos.
The extremely hot day on which the show took place is a main character in the early part of the film, which then gives way to about 90 minutes of the Dead, minus PigPen but very prominently featuring Keith Godchaux on piano (although he is hardly in the film visually) at an absolute peak in their jamming prowess. Seeing Jerry close up on his birthday was a really pleasing experience, and their performances on this hot day are HOT. Vocals are on, jamming was the code of the day, and it was all for a good cause too. See it!!
Written August 02, 2013
The movie was fantastic a terrific way to celebrate Jerry's birthday.
But i didn't have to buy my tickets from fandango and spend an extra
$2.50 per ticket.