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‘Grateful Dead View from the Vault I and II’ Reveals Some Early ‘90s Treats

The '90s may not have marked the Grateful Dead's creative peak, but these two DVDs, from 1990 and 1991, show that the group's continued popularity was justified.

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When a Certain Chemical Reaction Happened: ‘The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane’

Young fans literally wanted a piece of the band and would rush the stage. Keith Richards recalls that The Stones didn't actually finish a show for more than two years.

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‘Frank Zappa: A Token of His Extreme’ Captures Great Zappa/Mothers of Invention Lineup

This is well worth the 38-plus year wait for an official release. Good singin', good playin'.

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‘Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead & Ticket To New Year’s’: Exciting Live, Yet Lousy Showmen

Divorced from the energy of the room, the careening tidal wave of dancing heads surrounding you while the band plunged into another extended jam, the visual experience of the band onstage is remarkably flat.

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‘Yardbirds: Making Tracks’ Will, Indeed, Have You Making Tracks

What happens when a legendary band reheats itself for a 20-year cycle of touring with new members who aren't gritty enough to get the grit? No, I ask you.

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A Mad Assemblage of Robotic Instruments: ‘Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Project’

The jazz guitarist, filmed performing with his peculiar and wondrous "Orchestrion", a kind of player piano orchestra of bottles and guitar-bots, and marimbas and more. Shimmering.

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‘The Who Live In Texas ‘75’: ‘Nough Said

By the time they got to Texas, in 1975, The Who had nothing to prove except the undeniable impact they could still make, any place, any time.

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Did Queen Take Themselves Seriously? ‘Queen: Greatest Video Hits’

Queen was never a shy band. This makes them a perfect candidate for this double DVD package of music videos.

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Imagine This Power Duo Together Again: ‘Ike & Tina: On the Road: 1971-72’

Gruen and Beck's film functions as a revisionist look at this legendary duo's stormy relationship.

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‘Mudhoney: Live in Berlin 1988’ Is a Powerful, Snotty Show

Here was a sound that was far removed from anything remotely popular. Yet the still new Mudhoney got an all-expenses-paid trip to Berlin, to represent Sub Pop records at the Independence Days '88 showcase. And someone thought to film it.

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The Album as Construction Site: Peter Gabriel’s ‘Classic Albums: So’

Peter Gabriel's commercial breakthrough gets the Classic Albums treatment, to excellent effect.

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The Rolling Stones Under Review: 1975-1983: The Ronnie Wood Years Pt.1

For Stones obsessives, this series yields few surprises but plenty of intelligent discourse on this beloved band.

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A Memorable Staging of a Sondheim Musical: ‘Stephen Sondheim’s Company’

Nothing says "New York" quite like Stephen Sondheim's Company, and the 2011 concert performance captures all that is best about the show.

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‘Magical Mystery Tour’ Is Not as Bad as Everyone Says

Magical Mystery Tour is an occasionally awesome mess full of odds and sods and in some regards an appropriate artistic hangover from the Summer of Love.

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‘Gary Moore: Blues for Jimi’ Gives us Blues for Gary

Gary Moore was a singular talent who pays tribute to another: Jimi Hendrix on a new, posthumously released audio/visual package.

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‘Bob Dylan and The Band: Down in the Flood’: Oh, What a Time We All Had

“Suddenly it seemed like there were no more folk musicians.”

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‘The English Beat Live at The US Festival’

Tellingly, the Beat's debut US Festival appearance occurred on the cusp of the New British Invasion.

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‘Jimi Plays Berkeley’ Gives Us Jimi Hendrix at His Most Confident

Jimi Plays Berkeley is yet another opportunity to hear and see our guitar savior.

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The Dead in All Their Glory: ‘Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland’

Ringing out 1978 with the Grateful Dead in a brokedown palace, 'The Closing of Winterland' is a fun reminder of the Dead's shabby appeal.

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‘Los Lobos: Kiko Live’ Captures the Closest Los Lobos Ever Came to Magical Realism

Kiko is at once a typical Los Lobos album -- full of hard-luck tales and hopes for a better future -- but it's also the only Los Lobos album that might be a little "touched" (as some of our grandmothers might have put it).

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