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Subject: this thing they call a good old fashioned war
this is really top notch. jerry's guitar on john brown is the perfect accent to dylan storytelling. five billion stars...thanks for sharing!
Jack Tonka -
Subject: What a treasure trove...
I grew up in Saa Rafael and passed "Club Front" many times on the way to getting my car fixed...(the area is full of repair shops and it was the site of the VW dealership!)...boy, if I had known what was going on in that little warehouse!
This is just an awesome set of songs...thank you!!!
This was great to hear, blows any previous Dylan/Dead recordings away IMHO; I wasn't able to sit down and listen through in one sitting but I did manage to keep coming back to pick up where I left off.
Thank you for sharing this!
Subject: So Much Better
"I Want You" is so much better than that pos "Postcards" album. Everything here sounds better. Wish we could buy this. Thanks for putting itup!
Subject: Better than the tour IMHO
GREAT recordings -- a glimpse behind the scenes. You'll recall the great (http://preview.tinyurl.com/bphbk54) Herb Greene (http://www.herbgreenefoto.com/) photo of Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead -- these recordings really capture the essence of that photo.
And, really, of what turns out to have been probably the best year of my life, saw a bunch of Dead shows... still in my 20s, life was still wide-open. It was great. It's a joy to hear this music again. And these are of such excellent quality!
It just doesn't get much better than this.
Subject: too funny
Jerry doesnt say much, plays his guitar, and the Bobs spout nonsence all the while, i love it!
Subject: better than the 87 east tour!!! stealin/banjo!66-87!!
checkout stealin 66 to 87 w/banjo bob dylan!
amazing ,only better if live on tour !
so much clearer than live, no disrespect to bob.
Sbds r so helpful for getting the lyrics down!
Lucy leave 896 -
Subject: Sunflower man
Does Shane Treacy,the sunflower man, play on this?
Subject: Dylan & The Dead :: Phenomenal
This is one hell of a recordings. Fantastic!
And guys, i've this album. Mail me nakulkabra23[at]gmail[dot]com
I'll get this album to you.
For the love of dead
Subject: The Basement Tapes vol. 2.
Some of this is really wonderful. Some of it is just for collectors.
Subject: Some Good Shit Here
Now this is what music is all about! This is what should have been put out instead of the lp back when they were touring. It would have represented what they were doing a lot better than the lame thing that was put out.
Subject: Anybody found this ti download??~`
wow this is one of the best on the site, i nneed it playing in my car!!
Subject: club front
somebody please offer this for download somewhere...
E.R.C. Iceman! -
Subject: THIS HAS IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This work is history. These sessions cover everything!!! GREAT recordings!! All the ballads are moving! Very cool to hear the band communicating.
Subject: holy cow!
Timothy Crawford -
Arguably one of the best songwriters ever and one of the best bands ever rehearsing. I caught a couple of these shows. they we're good - strange - weird and very interesting. Excellent stuff. I miss Jerry.
Subject: Dylan Lovers
Definitely #45, #26, and #22.
Jerry’s guitar work on “Simple Twist of Fate” is tops and pedal steel on “Tomorrow is A Long Time” is enough to bring tears. The Joey is Dylan’s vocal extravaganza.
Subject: Beautiful treasure
This is a great work from some of the best American musicians ever
Subject: Lots of fun
Unpolished and unpredictable, this is a great collection of rough cuts. The best portion is Disc 5, the dozen or so tracks prior to the Grateful Dead Hour at the end of this set. It sounds like Garcia and Dylan sessions for Down in the Groove, or at least it sounds nothing like the other rehearsal tapes, which leads me to wonder if it might be of a different provenance. It's mixed differently, and the backing band doesn't sound like the Dead -- it's tighter than one might expect, like they're session pros. Anyway, I'm just surmising here. The version of Senor where Jerry seems to be teaching the song to the band (with Dylan chiming in with backing vocals) is priceless. Very entertaining.
Frankie Lee -
Subject: The French Girl
All I can say is, 'The French Girl' (track 17) may be one of the best songs on this compilation. With Jerry on pedal steel, it practically brings tears to the eyes. Its a wonderful song and Dylan even remembers the words!
I can't say that all of these songs are listenable, especially to basic Dylan and Dead fans. But for a huge Dylan and GD fan like me, I can get down on it.
'Joey' smokes, where in this version "they threw him in the hole one time, for what?? For trying to cause a strike!!"
'Walkin Down the Line' is fun but they repeat the same verses over and over.
'Heart of Mine' is a treat, especially the pedal steel version. 'John Hardy' is a Garcia-banjo-lead hoedown.
Other than that, I just discovered these tunes-so I'll need several more listens before I can review any further.
Subject: Dylan representing
Anyone keeping up w/Dylan's itinerary on pollstar would know he's much more than going through the motions.He'll be 69 years old in 2 weeks and he's out there taking his poetry to the people.He's got nearly 30 shows from Limerick Ireland to Bordeaux France to Bucharest Romania this summer, and he spent last fall and winter touring the southern hemisphere.
What he's not doing is laying on his ass for 3 years doing nothing, then putting out a shitty c.d. and backing it with a 25 stadium tour and then spend most of his interviews griping about copywright infringement. Music is supposed to be played IN FRONT OF PEOPLE.
The so-called super groups live some sort of lavish lifestyle in the south of France til their pocketbooks get a little flat, then bring their tired and redundant loud acts out to back up their first c.d. in 3 years(usually 50 minutes of tedium and one catchy ditty).Yep we're talking about Eagles, Stones, aerosmith,rob zombie,and anybody else you hear crying about their genius material being downloaded
Subject: Some better than most
Alot of this sounds better than some of the live concert material... it is a real pleasure to hear this knowing it will never be officially released.... I live in San Rafael and it is magical music made here...
Dylan M -
Subject: Quite a find
This is more interesting than most material i have listened to from the Dylan & The Dead tour. Its hard to say why this material did not gel as well in a live concert setting.
Maybe instead of touring mostly stadiums (after all, that was Mega-Dead time) they could have booked smaller venues that could have, perhaps, better captured the ambiance that this rare gem seems to bring out.
These rehersals seemed more focused and energetic than the release, or any of the other tapes that exist. Get it!
Subject: gem/feels like you're there
Feels like we're privy to something private and magical with this huge recording. Love it! Like being there for the rehearsal...
As a huge Dead and Dylan fan this is tight. Much better than the Dylan & the Dead album resulting from the tour.
Anyone know where I can download this in MP3 format (I know, I am not technologically savvy)?
Subject: Bob Dylan Chronicles
Dylan mentions how the Dead pushed him to give new life to some of his old masterpieces in his great book Chronicles and how he struggled with it at club front. After reading the section, I wondered if this would be on the archive... sure enough.
Burnt Rich -
Subject: OH, Dear GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Much, too much. Thank you.
What a sweet find...
I always had misgivings about the Dead/Dylan CD that was commercially released...The songs sounded rushed and I would emotionally flat-line....
But this compilatation is not that way....don't ask me why 'cause Dylan is still Dylan ... I always figure he'll always have that "i'm just going through the motions" attitude....
There are so many songs ... Maybe it was because my first listening ... and I'm usually spell-bound in my first listening to Dead material...but the songs are mixed up real good...
Anyway....I ain't much of a critic ... I am just so pleased I had a chance to hear this one ... I now will forever remember the Dead/Dylan combo favorably....
Great sound quality, amazing historic stuff here... No jamming, but For what it is I give it 5
there is some really great stuff here. its pretty mucha dylan dead studio album, some songs are rough, some have dylan hacking up a hair ball mid-song but for the most part there is some good playing an its great to hear jerry on the steel guitar on some tracks, highly reccomend this and the other dylan/dead shows that were just added to the archive.
Subject: Pretty Sweet
What a great bunch of songs, Keep it coming!