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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 01:01 AM
Was wondering if anyone has a favorite audience recording from that year. With the Wall of Sound there had to be some good aud recordings, right?

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 10:28 AM
The lack of response speaks volumes.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 10:31 AM
I would say 6/26/74 and 6/28/74 are a good place to start, and there are quality audience recordings of both on archive.org.

I'm not as big a fan of 74 Dead as some are, but when it's good, it's really, really good.

I prefer my Dead with either Pigpen or Brent, but hey, that's just like, my opinion, man.

 
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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:09 AM
I know you asked audience, but do you have the 5 CD Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack? Which is not really the movie soundtrack per se? It is the late 74 Winterland stuff. I got it a year or so ago. I was a little leary because the so so sounding (mix) and song selection "Steal Your Face" was from the same tapes of those shows. I do like about half the songs on Steal Your Face, but the mix is terrible. So I was not sure of spending the dough on the 5 CD one. It really surprised me..... very good sound, so they corrected that. Sounds great like multi track should. And there is some great music. They were doing some tight, jazzy style new jamming that was pretty good. While I prefer the classic Piggy era, but on this stuff there is a polish and tightness to the old classics that shows through, right before the no touring burn out phase, they hit a pretty good peak.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:12 AM
My Dead period is 1969-78. Post Keith Godchaux never did much for me. 1970-1974 being the cream of the crop. If you want to spend some cash, The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack is from 1974. 5disc worth the money. Also there is a Road Trips Volume 2 Number 3 Wall of Sound disc from 1974 that has incredible sound. Its from 6-16-74 & 6-18-74. Check it out.

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:39 AM
I think this is the year Jerry Moore got several excellent audience recordings. If you see his name attached to it, it's probably a good listen!

Totally agree with R.J. above; it's not my favorite year but when it's good, it's GOOD.


 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:40 AM
Hartford, Dillon Stadium, 7/31/74.

Unreal. Great mix, wall of sound balanced, full Phil Lesh Seastones intermission, dream set.
This show is as good as you will find for the Wall of Sound period. Fantastic Charlie Miller up.
My second Dead show, first was WG, and still one of the best I can recall.

Find on bt.etree.org, won't cost you a dime

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=536801

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:42 AM
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Hartford, Dillon Stadium, 7/31/74.

Unreal. Great mix, wall of sound balanced, full Phil Lesh Seastones intermission, dream set.
This show is as good as you will find for the Wall of Sound period. Fantastic Charlie Miller up.
My second Dead show, first was WG, and still one of the best I can recall.

Find on bt.etree.org, won't cost you a dime

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=536801




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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 12:17 PM
Been stuck on 71, 72 (Europe) , 76 & 77. So much great music to explore, have not jumped into 1974 outside of random show here and there.

Its really amazing how you can spend a lifetime exploring each year of their shows. In 2009 I was on a 1971 kick and was trying to convince everyone that the Yale Bowl show was possibly the greatest show I have ever heard.

Enjoy your journey into 1974, Ill get there someday.

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 12:25 PM
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Also there is a Road Trips Volume 2 Number 3 Wall of Sound disc from 1974 that has incredible sound. Its from 6-16-74 & 6-18-74. Check it out.
I was at that 6/16/74 show and it was a good one. The wall of sound was definitely something to hear and behold. I have an audience recording from the show but can't remember who taped it (quality on the Road Trips much better).

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 12:35 PM
Love 1974 era Grateful Dead! After '72 and maybe '69 it's probably my favorite year of live shows.


Here is a pretty good audience recording right here from the Live Music Archive.

7/21/74 from The Hollwood Bowl in Hollywood, CA... Considering it's almost 40 years old, the quality ain't too shabby.


http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-07-21.ecm22p.bertrando.motb0056.88979 .sbeok.flac16

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 01:28 PM
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I think this is the year Jerry Moore got several excellent audience recordings. If you see his name attached to it, it's probably a good listen!

Totally agree with R.J. above; it's not my favorite year but when it's good, it's GOOD.



Right on Boss. My favorites are the Jerry Moore Miami Jai-Lai shows. 2 nights. Can't go wrong with any show recorded by the late great Jerry Moore. I'm glad people are listening to these audience shows. I was at the wall of sound shows at Roosevelt Stadium and New Haven, and these recording are almost as good as being there.*Correction: Colt Park in New haven was 1976. We got there 3 hours early and sat under a big oak tree with a case of beer. The limo pulls up about 50 yards away. Window rolls down and we see Jerry and Phil. We toast and wave them over for a cold one. We're laughing, they're laughing. Then like little bb's, deadheads from all directions starting running at the limo screaming "Jerry". Windows up! They took off. "Almost" had a beer with The Grateful Dead.

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 09:20 PM
I guess I'll jump into a Dead thread since I've trashed them for so very long, and I'm without a doubt the most unknowledgable person here in regards to the Dead.

I've gotten to a new appreciation for them, I must admit. I don't know how many times in the last 5 years I've heard a band cover the Dead, and the songs have just knocked me out, big time. There are some local club musicians who can really do the Dead, but also bands like Gov't Mule, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Bill Kreutzman's BK3. I never thought I'd be saying this, but there is a lot of great stuff in the Dead catalogue, stuff that only Deadheads know about and that never makes it to the radio.

Maybe some are saying, well, about time I opened my eyes. Well, maybe you're right. Hearing the Dead done by other bands has turned me on to them, big time.

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 09:40 PM
Dicks Picks 31 is very good as is the road Trip from June Get that 7/31 show before its official relase in May. On some of the torrent sites you can find a superb copy of 8/6/74 which is just great! This is part of the DP 31 set, but very worth the effort to find it.

DP 12 is also great. Enjoy

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:04 PM
I'm not familiar with the auds from that era, but as far as the shows themselves - all of 74 is very good to great
Winterland in Feb and then again October, Cow Palace, Portland, Louisville, Providence, Miami, Fresno, Jersey city, Philly...

 

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  posted on 2/25/2012 at 11:27 PM
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Was wondering if anyone has a favorite audience recording from that year. With the Wall of Sound there had to be some good aud recordings, right?


I just went through my collecton 74 is light in my library but I found 3 good ones:

8/6/74 Roosevelt Stadium Jersey City, NJ
July 19, 1974 Selland Arena - Fresno, CA
7/25/74 International Amphitheatre Chicago, IL

Ive found all three of these in the converted wav format. Im sure I have the flac or shns somewere but will need to seach some. If you want them pm your addy and I will send them to you.

They sound great btw

Adam

 

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  posted on 2/26/2012 at 09:43 AM
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