Keep The Effects In The VAULT!
P. J. Voisine | Torrington, CT USA | 08/20/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Firstly, I'm very excited that the Dead are starting to release some of their live shows on video. I've been waiting for this for a long time and am totally psyched. From the first instant that the DVD starts you just know it's going to be great. The video quality is absolutely crystal clear and perfect - especially noticeable at the beginning of the first set under the bright and hot July, Pittsburgh sun. The boys are all decked out in their summer finest - Jerry's looking bright-eyed and bushy-faced wearing shorts where you can see his cute little sun-tanned legs! The sound kicks in wonderfully. The vocals are all strong and clear thruout. The 1st set comprises: Touch>GreatestStory, Jack-A-Roe, Minglewood, (RowJimmy, Mama>Mexicali - all 3 missing from the VHS), TomThumb, LetItGrow. Beautiful.It's once the 2nd set starts that the alarm bells start ringing. Here we go again with that dreamy, solarized, special-effects overlay stuff that, IMHO cripples so many previous Dead video releases. These effects are not only annoying, they are cheap and amateurish and make you want to adjust your TV. I don't know what some of the earlier reviewers are talking about when they say there aren't any. Eyes of the World is utterly ruined by this and most 2nd set songs have at least some of it - especially during the 2nd-set-typical jams and lead parts. It's a real let down when you are watching a great and beautifully filmed Jerry lead get distorted into oblivion whenever it really gets going. And it simply becomes excruciating by show's end. The 2nd set comprises: Samson>Eyes>Estimated>Terrapin> Jam>Drums>Space> Miracle>WangDang>BlackPeter>ThrowingStones>Lovelite, HeavensDoor. Excellent nitetime performances. The DVD version adds 2 Louisville songs: Standing on the Moon and He's Gone.Really great show with perfect quality definitely worthy of 5 stars. But, I'm dropping 2 stars due to the special effects. Please, GD Merchandising people - drop the effects from future shows. They just don't stand up to repeated viewings. Keep Jerry and Bobby and Micky and Phil and Billy and Brent PURE!"
A "must" for all Grateful Dead fans!
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 09/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Monterey Media takes full and complete advantage of DVD technology to present two and a half hours of the Grateful Dead concert which took place at the Three rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1990. Here for the viewer's total enjoyment are rock music icons Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland, and Bob Weir. The first set includes Touch of Grey; Greatest Story Ever Told; Jack-A-Roe; New Minglewood Blues; Row Jimmy; Mama Tried; Mexicali Blues; Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues; and Let It Grow. The Second Set included Samson and Delilah; Eyes of the World; Estimated Prophet; Terrapin Station; Jam; Drums; Space; I Need a Miracle; Wang Dang Doodle; Black Peter; Throwing Stones; Turn On Your Lovelight; and Knockin' On Heaven's Door. An extra special addition to the DVD format are Standing on the Moon; He's Gone; and KY Jam from their July 6, 1990 performance at Cardinal Stadium, at Louisville, Kentucky. A "must" for all Greatful Dead fans, it should be noted that this DVD offers the viewer one full hour of extra footage that is not included on the VHS version."
Great show, solid video
Andrew Mercer | California | 09/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This release was greatly welcomed by this household of Deadheads. We'd been hearing that the Grateful Dead's video archive would be opened much as the audio archive has been opened up, and we'd heard that this video series was going to be akin to a Dick's Picks of videos. And, man, oh, man, it is about time. But this video shows that it has been worth the wait. From the first notes, a beaming Jerry sets the tone for night with a lyrically and musically perfect Touch of Grey. The first set includes some favorites like Jack-A-Roe, a wonderful, lilting Row Jimmy, Phil's fun rendition of Dylan's Tom Thumb's Blues, and a set closing Let It grow that sees the band hitting all the marks they should be. Whew. It felt good watching. The second set, however, is where the fireworks are: two hour journey through old and new GD, with nary a break in action for the duration. Sampson and Delilah smokes, but it is the Eyes of the World that explodes. The second jam in the song saw a house full of dropped jaws. The rest of the set is VERY solid, with Estimated Prophet, Wang Dand Doodle, and Black Peter being real standouts. And the "filler", from a show two nights previous...Wow! The two Jerry songs in a row (beautiful renditions of Standing on the Moon and He's Gone) and the jam that follows are out of this world. Real icing on the cake. Nearly four hours of music, and all we could say is "when does the next one arrive..." Keep these coming; they are the next best thing to being there."
Disappointed in sound
Laurence W. Davidson | Bainbridge Island, WA United States | 10/17/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Keep in mind that I am an audiophile when reading this review. After collecting all of the Dead DVD's this one is the most disappointing in terms of audio quality - in fact it SOUNDS like a stadium show from the upper deck. The instruments are flat and the sound seperation is shallow at best. In comparison to the Alpine Valley DVD - if you are a first time buyer for Dead shows in this format - you will much better off with the Alpine show. I found Jerry to be feeling the heat of this PA show - hot and muggy on that day, and a little sluggish at times. Don't get me wrong - after seeing many shows myself and reviewing the three available releases, this is great to see the trend of getting into the vault for the video feeds... and of course any time I can get to spend time reliving my youth - well - that's just great. I just wish the sound had been remastered because it's flat flat flat."