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The tour that inspired "Might As Well."

Somebody posted that one of the stops on this tour was his first show. I am so envious.

The movie is now out on DVD, and let's just say, you'll laugh, you'll cry, but you should not on any account miss this.

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I like their instrumental (the first performance in Calgary). It's called "Traditional Country Song".

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Great show

I fully agree with Thats_Otis.
The Flying Burrito Brothers performs well even though there's no Gram Parsons (it could sound strange, but I prefer the post-Parsons lineup). Chris Hillman on bass rocks!
The Dead's performance of "New Speedway Boogie" and "Don't Ease Me In" are great!
I also like Sha Na Na's performance of "Rock 'n' Roll Is Here To Stay" and The Band.
Gotta love when on the train Bob Weir plays his guitar with strange facial expressions :-)

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Buddy Guy...

Am I the only one that feels like the footage of Buddy Guy is a little strange? For starters, it sounds like he is terribly out of tune (at least to these ears.) Also, I find his playing very sloppy and lackluster, something I know Guy's guitar work is NOT. Second, he walks off the stage and spends the majority of his solo playing either with his back to the crowd or away from them all together. (My memory may be a little foggy on this, but I seem to remember him actually going behind the stage so that the majority of the crowd (the 99%) couldn't see him at all.) What I do remember is that everytime I have watched that scene, I wonder why Buddy Guy is so pissed off at the crowd. To me, his actions seem angry and aggressive and suggest that he really didn't care about playing for the people of Canada... maybe he had an experience that really upset him? Of course, I am probably reading into this too much, as I have been known to do while under the spell of such an awesome movie experience, but it's what I see. Interested to hear any comments and thoughts ya'll may have. (BTW - The Burrito Brothers DESTROY in this! Even without ol' Gram!)

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Absolutely, "Ain't No More

Absolutely, "Ain't No More Cane" takes it for best scene. Sometimes I just watch this part for a quick smile! My next favorite is easily "The Weight". I used to think of this as sort of a forlorn, wishful song, but this performance changed my whole perception of it. I love the gritty, forceful, almost aggressive vocals, not to menion Danko's awesome facial expressions and kinda overly-pronounced words during vocals. What a character!

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Saw this Instantly on Netflix

Man, was I ever blown away! It was so melodic and powerful; really took me back in time. I swear I caught a contact high! We're fortunate what film exists will now, hopefully, be preserved for our posterity to enjoyl. That week riding the rails across Canada must have been one sensational trip! Seeing Janis so relaxed, natural and seemingly carefree was great too. All in all, it was bittersweet--so many of these great artists no longer play at this venue of ours anymore. Hope we manage to score tickets for their next BIG gig together--you know, the Reunion Show with all the encores and curtain calls. Nobody will be pushing for the EXIT or in a hurry to get home from there.

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This was really a wonderful

This was really a wonderful movie. Hey, im only 14 but heck I stayed and watched the whole thing!!
Best movie ever!!!! :)

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in the case of Festival Express

it is NOT a Grateful Dead production (hey, neither is Woodstock...) and one of the main reasons the release was delayed and the result is so fragmentary is that the promoters, while they treated the performers like gods, stiffed the crew bigtime, with the results that the camera guys ran off with the reels. It's something of a miracle that this was rescued at all; as I understand it the reels that were salvaged represent about a third of what was shot.

This is, of course, an oversimplification. But it is simply inaccurate to assert that the footage is in the GD vaults or that Rhino Records has jack to do with the whole thing. It's not even in the Store. And, as asserted above, while the Canadian National Film Board may have a full set, the Grateful Dead sure don't.

Hell, the Dead don't even get top billing on this. And they sure didn't call the tune.

It's still great.

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All should be released

I believe all the footage should be cleaned up and released on CD and DVD. I am shocked that the footage is in the GD faults and they have yet to release it. Oh yeah I forgot its probably up to Rhino records to release it. :(

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festival express

been out of UK loooooong time & on return my family for first xmas back (which they know we don't celebrate) thought long 'n hard what to get me for prezzie ..lo & behold "express""..2Sorry,we recall ya like GDEAD .theres some of their stuff on it & a load of other stuff too hope its ok??" ...well, well!!SO good to see the guys havin so much fun onna train!! Funny seeing a young Kenny Gradney (Little Feat /bass) with Delaney & Bonnie at time, A real fine time seemed to be had by all & all performances ,by ALL were xcellent Burritos ROCKED (not enuff footage tho!:( ) I'd recommend this to all Deadheads catches em doin exactly what they do best playin in the band!! have fun watchin folks ..dont get much betta!! PEACE JIMI C

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well said, SaintSteve!

glad you found your way to us.

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