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Best show of all time candidate?

Veneta 8/27/72 is regularly name-checked by Deadheads as one of the greatest shows of all time, and one of the two most highly regarded shows that has never been officially released. (The other being Barton Hall, Cornell University, 5/8/77, of course.)


Nice piano up front in the mix.

Jazz Star

This is the Grateful Dead at their most jazzy and exploratory circa 1972. Jerry is in absolute top form as is Keith and their intertwining leads make for some very interesting listening. Bobby too is excellent, he's in good voice and his playing is exceptional, as is Phil's. But for me the star of the show is drummer Billy Kreutzmann whose nimble, complementary and forceful playing drives the band like at no other time in their career. Listening to this show I seriously wish Mickey Hart never rejoined, though we'd be missing out on those later drums/space segments. Phil and Bill do a really nice bass and drums solo during what is the most jazz oriented Dark Star of the Dead's career. Along with 2/14/70, 4/08/72 Wembley Empire Pool and the original from Live Dead it's one of the very best. As a bonus the sound is immaculate and Donna is on point.

The temperature was hot as hell, the band were hotter. This is the sound of thick air.


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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