Dick's Picks, Volume 8
Released: Jun 1997
Label: Atlantic Records/Atg
If you're looking for a good introduction to The Dead's sprawling Dick's Picks live series, then begin with Volume 8. Recorded in 1970 at Harpur College in central New York, the set captures the band at the peak of its power. The concert is a grand narrative, one that begins with earthy country-rock and ends in a crescendo of deliriously cosmic jamming. The Dead are often dismissed as stoned hippies, but few bands in the history of rock 'n' roll possessed their ambition and fearlessness.
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