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Editors’ Notes

The '80s were a difficult period for veteran musicians. While their catalogs continued to sell well, thanks in part to classic rock radio, their aesthetics were skewered by an era that introduced digital recording technology before musicians and engineers fully understood how to capture sound effectively. Modern groups embraced the new methods in their own ways, while someone like Bob Dylan suffered with a sound much thinner than in the past. Attaining great sound in arenas was another battle. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone when the sound here is less effective than we're used to hearing from both acts. But fact is, the performances are very good. "I Want You" has an easy gait and complementary lead guitar lines from Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir. "Gotta Serve Somebody" cranks up a cool shuffle. "Queen Jane Approximately" is so relaxed it plays with a whiff of island breeze. The concert staples "All Along the Watchtower" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" trade licks and vocals between the two iconic '60s acts. 

Customer Reviews

the worst album ever made by dylan or the grateful dead

it's been said before; this album does neither the dead or dylan any justice. it in no way reperesents what the dead are capable of live! i LOVE the grateful dead and dylan is great too, but take it from me, you be better off with just about anything else by either artist. if you want to check out some live dylan, i recommend before the flood. for the dead, europe '72, live dead, or skull and roses. STEER CLEAR OF THIS.

People are you insane!?

This is incredible. Bob Dylan and the Grateful dead! You cant get more iconic. This is a live album and I feel like I'm there. It's sheer psychedelic magic!

Re: Enough with the smack talking!!!

Seems some of the reviews here are just being negative. Now I'm not about to say "it's the greatest album ever", or "oh man this is hot" etc. But one thing is for sure, it's not all anywhere near bad. Besides, one thing is for sure, "I Want You" & "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" are exemplarly stand outs of when the Dead backed up Dylan. Admittingly enough, do what I did (if you don't want the whole album) buy those two songs and leave the rest. I rate those two songs ***** & the rest about ** so I'll give the album the average... ***


Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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