DeadHeads are known for their ability to identify the year of a bootleg by listening to just a few notes. But for even the most deadicated listener, the band’s 1976 New Year’s Eve concert presents a genuine challenge.
Rarely does any Dead show display the essence of several distinct periods of their sound, but this release contains the best elements of three or four clearly defined eras.
This concert does just that. As was the case since inception, the sum of the parts adds up to more than they do individually. This is proven more than ever by this interesting and inspired concert.
It doesn’t hurt that this is one of the nest sounding bootlegs of the band’s 30-year performing career. For my money it sounds every bit as good as the aforementioned S&R, Egypt, etc. official releases.
The Best Jerry, the best…
And I’ll leave you with, what I think is the best version of this song I’ve ever heard. And I’ve heard a few 🙂
And yes, Jerry sounds fine now and the harmonies are actually good 🙂