The grateful dead grateful dead live at felt forum n.y.c. dec. 5th 1971
The trouble is, however, that I don't hear many of those memorable moments here. Except for some extended beauty that falls at the end of "The Other One" on side two, what we get is another version of your local Dead bootleg that just happens to be recorded from the stage rather than vice-versa. This isn't entirely bad I'd much rather listen to the Dead light into "Johnny B. Goode" than virtually anyone else except when you happen to remember that the Dead used to be in the forefront of the rock avant-garde, using the basics of the earlier forms to flesh out the structures (or non-structures) of a music that might provide a stunning entrance into the cosmos of the third millennium. Free jazz folks have been aware of this relatively untapped dimension for years (you know the usual names. I'm sure), but ever since the pyrotechnics of Live Dead , our boys seem to have backed away from such experimentation and confrontation, and the result is a mixture of pleasant good-time music and solid solos. brought up and made even more attractive by the Dead's uniquely rich and majestic sound. It can't quite be called bad, since it's pretty clear that the Dead have progressed so far beyond your average garage band that there's no danger of them ever slipping back, but it still can provide a bit of a letdown for those who have come to expect only great things from the grate.
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