Big Railroad Blues

See if you can spot them in their disguises

Once they quit farting around and play, they are rather tight.

But for all that everyone seems to love Grateful Dead's live work, I am much more a fan of their studio recordings.  There's a precision of harmony they got in those controlled conditions.  And I don't think that it couldn't be replicated live on stage, I think they wanted something else for their concerts.  Someone has described a Grateful Dead concert as a "group meditation with the audience."  That may have been a peak experience if you were there, but after-the-fact, it simply does not sound as good.  Compare:

This article was updated on May 9, 2023

David F