Written June 29, 2016
I am the mother of two deadheads and the fiancee of another one. I enjoyed listening to the music and watching the audience react and how they danced to the melodies. I was especially grateful to see the young Jerry and Bobby perform. It was more meaningful to me since I saw Bobby yesterday on his show and was able to compare Bobby, the older man, to Bobby, the young man. Sallyk
Written June 25, 2016
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 August 28, 2016
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 02, 2013
Jerry was in the zone. Bob Weir doesn't get enough credit for his guitar playing. Check out the interplay between them to start China Cat Sunflower. This is the closest thing we're ever going to get to seeing them live. The theater was crowded with tye - dyes.
I first saw the Dead in 1978. Saw them about 10 or 15 times live plus Jerry Garcia Band, Bobby & the Midnites, and Weir and Wasserman. Not much for a true dead head. However the Dead and Dylan make up 1/3 to 1/2 of my music listening forever. I'm well versed.
And, I am also happy to say, my 16 year old daughter enjoyed the movie too. She could not believe how long Dark Star went on even though I warned her about the length of songs.
Give us more. How about one of the View from the Vault videos. I'll won't miss any of them.
chardio (from Fennario)
Written February 09, 2016
Too much introductory interview; we didn't need the old coots' dissertation on what a Grateful Dead concert is like. Though, it was great to see the Further footage of the Pranksters driving through Manhattan, and Cassady. And Kesey and Babbs. Concert footage was awesome, as was the recording. El Paso was as good as it ever was, even if Bobby couldn't hear himself in the monitors. Dark Star went on way too long, but I guess they ran out of decent footage. Could have lived without seeing that guy's **** hanging over Jerry's head for most of the show. Thank God they got him to put pants on! I imagine the DVD will have select deleted concert footage. Glad they finally figured out how to make money. Happy Birthday Jerry! Fare Thee Well.....