OK, for most of us it was about the live shows. But what about those studio albums?
Here's a place to talk about them. Also the pros and cons of remastered versions, and whatever else seems to fit.
I view the studio albums in groups. I will use terms like favorite and least favorite, as apposed to best and worst or love and hate. Those words tend to make people think that your opinion is be all, end all. I'm certainly not looking to have to defend my opinions because they offended someone.
The first 3 albums
Anthem is my favorite here followed closely by Aoxomoxoa. I was born in 1966, so these albums are probably more meaningful to the older Heads who experienced them first hand. Not that I don't enjoy them. Just making an observation.
This is like a double album to me, and stands on it's own as such.
Like some others have alluded to earlier, I also wished there had been studio versions of the original songs from Europe '72. Those are some of my favorite Dead songs.
The GDR period. These 3 albums really do it for me. The only downfall is that my least favorite Dead song of all time Money Money is on Mars. Blues was my introduction to the Dead, but Wake is my favorite out of this lot.
The disco era? I just use that term, because everyone else does. This is my least favorite studio era, but not because of the slick production values. If you dose and put these albums on the headphones, there's some crazy shit going on. Hard to pick a favorite here, but if you forced me too, it would probably be Terrapin.
I'm probably in the minority to preferring Built over Dark?. But, I really like Built To Last. It was released right after the Warlocks shows in Hampton, which I attended. I was surrounded by Dead Head friends at this period in my life, so it has special memories. If, you know what I mean?
You're probably wondering if my rambling is leading to a point? Yes, it is. If you dropped me on a deserted island and told me I could only take one Dead studio album, it would be Wake Of The Flood. But in my opinion, that would be cruel punishment.
looks like i need to get ahold of vintage dead and historic dead. call me the wierd one, but i enjoy the first album alot. for me its the first 3 albums followed by american beauty, workingman's dead, and in the dark.
I received a USB turntable a few Christmas's ago from my wonderful wife. One of the first projects was to burn these two LPs on to a CD-R. We spread this out to some old friends, and everyone enjoyed hearing these classics again.
I sure wish there were more shows from these years available for DL or purchase. Seems so many weren't taped.
The tracks on VINTAGE DEAD are:
1.I Know You Rider
2.It Hurts Me Too
3.It's All Over Now Baby Blue
4.Dancing In The Street
5.In The Midnight Hour
The tracks on HISTORIC DEAD are:
1.Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
4.The Same Thing
The "Vintage Dead" and "Historic Dead" LPs are probably from a show recorded
September 16, 1966 at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, except for the tracks:
Stealin' & The Same Thing. They were probably recorded at The Matrix, San
Francisco on November 29, 1966.
Sweet! Thanks, CosmicBadger.
And I think that Lindy and Stealin' appear from the same show on both Vintage and Historic. 9/16/66 has nine songs, but the LPs appear to have combined for 11, and these two songs look like replicates of each other.
Probably Sept 16(and 17?) 1966
Is there any way to find out where the tracks came from for Vintage Dead and Historic Dead? Apparently they were recorded in the fall of '66 (but released in '70 and '71), probably at the Avalon, but I'd love to know when.
I was pleased to hear that the new heavy vinyl release of AoxomoxoA Is the original mix from 1969. The remix from 1971 is pretty much all that's been available for many years (except for the vinyl box). Great now to have access to both... While there was clearly some dissatisfaction that led to the remix, the original mix has some cool sounds and nuances that disappeared from the remix, and which are very evocative of 1969, notably on Mountains of the Moon, Doin' that Rag, WBOTB, etc...
They were amazing, still perfer Dick's Picks and Anthem of the Sun. The only album I hate is the Go to Heaven Album. They were so geared for MTV it was horrible, I still hate Shades of Gray. I feel in that album they sold out.