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Think of this as the Grateful Dead “Unplugged.” Years before MTV started its popular series of intimate concerts, the Dead culled together two double-albums’ worth of acoustic material from their 23-show run at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco and Radio City Music Hall in New York, in September and October of 1980. Coming from a bluegrass background, this is an entirely natural setting for the Dead, but what’s really remarkable is that these performances offer revelations even as they affirm the essence of the band’s art. Taking away the electricity gives the songs a new texture and sense of space. There has never been a rock band able to play as gently as the Dead, but these versions of “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie,” “China Doll,” and “To Lay Me Down” elevate the band to new plateaus of warmth and delicacy. Immaculately recorded and impeccably performed, Reckoning nonetheless retains the air of an impromptu picking session. This might just be the most elegant, poignant bluegrass outfit you’ll ever hear.

Customer Reviews

Best official release?

I'm not going to say it is, but this is one heck of an album. A complimation from their infamous run at Radio City Music Hall in October 1980. This array of acoustic performances truly captures the Dead at their best. When I say best, I'm not referring to song choice, era, or performance (even though one could argue for those). I'm refering to the band adjusting to yet another change in personel (new keyboardist Brent Mydland) with out missing a beat. As the band approaches a new decade their maturity as musicians is more appearant than ever. Jerry songs such as Dire Wolf, It Must Have Been The Roses, and China Doll are true gems. Bobby songs like Dark Hollow & Cassidy prove that Mr. Weir deserved more of the Grateful Dead spotlight than he recieved. The album does not fall short outside of the forementioned tunes, track 1-16 are right on. This entire album is fantastic and a must have, regardless of your personal Grateful Dead likes and dislikes. Great for a seasoned head who wants to get right to point of show highlights, and for the newbie, as they must be broken in very carefully.

The sound, oh the sound!!

The sound on tehis album is just amazing! It is one of my favorite Dead cuts just for that reason! Not sure how the downloaded version wil sound but The CD sounds AMAZING!!! Buy it and dig on it!

A must own!

The best Dead album ever!!! There is nothing else to say. Unbelievable!


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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