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Released in 1990, Without a Net was the first official Grateful Dead live album to benefit from the compact disc's expanded time capacities. Issued as a two-CD/three-LP collection, it captures the Dead in fine form between October 1989 and April 1990, as the band played arenas in Virginia, New Jersey, California, Ontario, and Long Island. The album was dedicated in code to Brent Mydland, the band's keyboardist who had died of a drug overdose during the album's assembly. As the last batch of shows to feature this lineup with Mydland, it's obviously bittersweet, especially considering just how good they'd been together on this tour. Excellent versions of "Althea," "Cassidy," "Bird Song," and Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" proved that the band never phoned it in. The fidelity is exceptional, with the 19-minute medley of "Help Is on the Way/Slipknot/Franklin's Tower" showing the magic that Deadheads said always existed in concert. 

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Love This Release

Nothing else to say....The sound quality is pristine and every member of the band seems to be at their peak. The Eyes of The World with Branford Marsalis is one of the greatest pieces of music these ears have ever heard. I would almost take a star off for the fade out of Dr Mr Fantasy, but I cant because this is too gorgeous a collection"

A different view on this disc

By the time these shows were recorded I had stopped attending the concerts. This had a lot to do with how the sceen had changed. The crowds had gotten too large and there was a feeling of aggression inside and outside of the gigs that made me feel really uncomfortable. There was also the problem of Garcia's addiction issues that led to his decline as a guitar player. I think that there was too much reliance on the keyboards to cover for him. I know that I am in a minority here but after all this is supposed to subjective, right? In general I think that by this time there was a slickness to the performances that lacked the heart and soul of years gone by. Maybe for Gen X Deadheads this would be an enjoyable listen, but as a person who was old enough to catch shows in the 70's I find this album to be rather cold and a bit depressing.To each his own


Formed: 1965 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their numbers and devotion legendary in their own right -- they were the ultimate cult band, creating a self-styled universe all...
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Without a Net, Grateful Dead
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  • $13.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Jam Bands
  • Released: Sep 01, 1990

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