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Not a Deadhead

By nrpetralia
Written August 02, 2013
This film was clearly enjoyed by many in the audience as a nostalgic evening. Laughter and some applause. The music was hypnotic and I could understand why everyone at the original event was danciing, but we found the poor quality of the 1972 film unappealing and left early.
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Walk you in the tall trees

By JAW02050
Written September 17, 2014
A vetran of thirty some-odd shows, but wishing it was 300! This was a great exercise in Greatful Dead fare. If you're expecting a full concert first-to-last-note played, this it is not. There's plenty of playing footage, but the peripheral footage was perfect for setting the mood and giving a great glimps of exactly what it was all about "back in the day. In "72" I was 19 and if you were a Dead Head, this was the scene that you would constantly strive to be into and emulate, believe me! The band only being human, were capable of playing stellar shows as well as total bombs, and everything in between. The majority of shows were in fact great. This one is heading into the stellar range! To wit, if Jerry was in the zone and the rest merrily followed, great things would happen. For me , when Jerry takes off into the DARK STAR, he leaves nothing on the table! If you ever wanted to see what is produced while being in the ZONE, just spend the time viewing that one song!
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An Iconic Journey

By kokeetribe5
Written September 18, 2014
The Grateful Dead Meet Up: Sunshine Daydream is a dizzying journey into a long ago time that is represented by sparse nudity, subtle drug consumption, and esoteric Dead tunes comprised of Jazz notes, Blues riffs, Rock and Roll elements, and Country twangs. Is this event for everyone? The fact that the theater was virtually empty is a conservative answer. However, as a Social consideration of the counter culture of 1972 Oregon, Sunshine Daydream was perfect.
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The sound sucked at Ontario Mills, I got my $ back

By shellerman
Written August 02, 2014
Unfortunately there was one little channel missing in the sound system and that happened to be the one for the lead guitar, so..... yeah, couldn't hear Garcia too well. They tried to fix it maybe half hour in, improved a little, but still not right, couldn't hear Jerry properly. Quite frustrating. Saw the whole thing and got my money back. The film itself is quite good, though could have done w/ a lot less of the low budget psychedelia, especially during Phil's bass solo, and all the crowd shots, particularly the naked guy on the rail behind the stage. But it was 1972 and they wanted to capture "the whole experience" (like Woodstock) instead of like a concert film (i.e, the Last Waltz). Yeah, seeing a Dead movie and not being able to hear Jerry. But I'd see it again if it was presented properly.
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Good Clean Fun

By chriscantelmo
Written October 26, 2014
A grainy, barely-watchable videotape of what became the Dead's "Sunshine Daydream" has been circulating the GD tape trader underworld since the late 80s at least. I contacted Ken Kesey many years ago when he started releasing portions of the film he and the Merry Pranksters made in their trip across America. Kesey said that it would eventually make its way to the public sphere - and, alas, it did - long after Kesey himself checked out of this world. And it was worth the wait!!! "Sunshine Daydream" is a visual and audio delight. The Dead were playing great after their spectacular tour of Europe that summer and the planets aligned perfectly on that hot August afternoon in Oregon. The cinematography seems dated only occasionally, during close-ups that are WAY too close up for too long, for example, as was de rigueur for rockumentaries in the 70s. This is a must-see for deadheads and a should-see for anyone who wants to see what the hippie world was really like.
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