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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 06:03 PM
I drug it out for a listen yesterday. While I was listening to it I seemed to like it more than I remembered. I was reading some reviews about it on Amazon.com and I couldn't believe how many bad reviews this disc received. Does anyone else think it's that bad or am I crazy for enjoying it?
 
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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 06:09 PM
Yeah, this album gets bashed all of the time. I think if you like the Grateful Dead from that era and you like Dylan then, it's a good album. However, I think Deadheads are disappointed with the track selections and Dylan fans are disappointed with the Dead, so that's why everyone hates it. It's really not a bad album.
 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 06:51 PM
I like to play it on road trips

 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 06:53 PM
I love Garcia's backing vocals on Joey .

One of my favorite Dylan tunes that nobody else seems to like.

 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 07:05 PM



I always liked the cover .

 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 07:10 PM
I had the CD and gave it away.

 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 07:28 PM
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I always liked the cover .


me too....dig the music as well.

 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 08:15 PM
Good Album
If you like them separately ,you'll like them together.
To hell with the reviews if you dig it , that's all that matters.

 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 08:16 PM
not heard it in about ten years, but i seem to remember Jerry was flying near the end .
 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 08:38 PM
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I love Garcia's backing vocals on Joey .

One of my favorite Dylan tunes that nobody else seems to like.


I did it, Jerry rocks on Joey

 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 08:51 PM
I lie this album a lot
 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 09:14 PM
i listen to this disc at times.was at the foxboro ma. show,not the best of dylan but still is cool to c the two team up.i heard the ugene or. show was smoking.take care all,matt
 

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  posted on 2/8/2008 at 11:42 PM
You know, I have this cd. I got it real cheap. I haven't played it in a while, but I don't remember it being that bad. I'll have to take a listen...

 

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  posted on 2/9/2008 at 04:54 AM
It's funny, I always thought it was an OK album mostly because I thought the sound wasn't that great, but my son who is 21, started to listen to it in the car and now I have upgraded my opinion on this one. it is really cool.
 

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  posted on 2/9/2008 at 09:17 AM
I've been reading bad reviews for years, and from that day I still don't understand why DYLAN & THE DEAD was panned. I've always listed it as one of my top five Dylan albums and listen to it constantly.

I think "Joey" is awesome, and much better than the version on DESIRE. "Watchtower" wails and "I Want You" is a total delight! In my opinion, only "Queen Jane" slightly misses the mark, because both the Dead and Bob Dylan have played it better, but even that song is good enough. So the bottom line is, there is NOTHING wrong with that album, nothing wrong with the song selection, and I encourage all to play and enjoy.

By the way, I 've always played the album's complete song sequence differently. I feel that side two of the record should be played first. Try this order and see if it plays better:

1. Joey
2. Watchtower
3. Heaven's Door
4. Slow Train
5. I Want You
5. Serve Somebody
6. Queen Jane


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  posted on 2/9/2008 at 12:05 PM
I havnt heard this one in a while, so I'll dig it out. I do recall liking jOEY and I want you. I saw some of those shows on that tour...Dylan definately commanded the stage as the Dead backed him. There was the usually taping controversy because Dylan does not permit his stuff taped....try telling that to Deadheads...

 

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  posted on 2/9/2008 at 12:11 PM
The tapes from that summer tour '86 if I rememeber correctly are far better than the album. TRUST ME...its wel worth digging them up.

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  posted on 2/9/2008 at 01:29 PM
The rehearsal tapes - which were like two or three 90 minute tapes - far exceeded anything on the actual tour. Look for those - I think they were in San Rafael? You can probably find it on bittorrent.
 

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  posted on 2/9/2008 at 06:01 PM
The other GD album that gets panned regularly is STEAL YOUR FACE. Same reasons as Dylan & The Dead: from poor song selection, to sub-par playing, to the lack of jamming, to poor sound. Even Deadheads disliked this one, and they dubbed the LP "Steal Your Money." The album was released due to a contractual obligation and this was the result.

However all the negative press does not stop me from enjoying these albums. STEAL YOUR FACE was from a great run of shows, the October 1974 Winterland shows. Although there was a focus on shorter, tighter songs, I do like the versions here, especially Stella Blue, Casey Jones & Half Step.

 

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  posted on 2/11/2008 at 04:10 PM
I've always enjoyed the album Postcards from the Hanging, Dead covers of Dylan tunes. Lots of good stuff and a couple clunkers. Love how the Dead interpretted Dylan's stuff, but not really a fan of Queen Jane... RIP Jerry.
 

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  posted on 2/11/2008 at 04:22 PM
I loved Steal Your Face.

 

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  posted on 2/11/2008 at 07:25 PM
Hey, back in those days, the bands were playing a lot together. I love it when great vibes merge together. It may not be what I expected, or even wanted for that matter. However, it is usually great when it happens! I love this album!

 

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  posted on 2/11/2008 at 09:29 PM
Jerry smokes on Watchtower , thanks for starting this thread , made me pull out my copy and give it a spin , its been years .

 

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  posted on 2/11/2008 at 10:20 PM
To me On "Watchtower" Jerry Sounds very Similar To Carlos Santana. Anyone else notice this?

 

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  posted on 2/11/2008 at 10:25 PM
liked my tapes from other Dylan/Dead shows a bit more than the album,but the album was not as bad as reviewers said at the time....
 
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