Written March 03, 2015
The movie started 45 minutes late because the theater and/or distributor could not get their acts together on the technology for this kind of presentation. But the concert film was wonderful. Great sound and the only visual record I know of that shows the Dead at their peak with such attention to the important performance elements--hands on guitars, singers, etc.
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 December 29, 2014
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 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 23, 2014
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.....