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Melvin Seals and JGB Re-ignite the Flame at San Francisco's Warfield Theater

Jerry Garcia's longtime keyboardist Melvin Seals and special guests throw down a huge three-set show to honor the historic theater's 96th anniversary.

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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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Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia: Keystone Companions

These recordings from a couple of live gigs at Berkeley's Keystone illustrate the dynamic chemistry between the duo in wide-ranging fashion.

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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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'Grateful Dead: Dawn of the Dead' Could Use More Life

Want to know the early history of the Grateful Dead? You may have to look no further than this review.

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'The Grateful Dead Movie': It Looked Like the end and Garcia and Co. Played Like It Was

With improved sound and a clearer image in Blu-Ray format, the viewer gets a stronger sense of the full majesty of musicians staring into the face of fear in an hour of darkness.

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Grateful Dead: Europe ’72 Volume 2

On the eve of a massive Europe '72 boxed set, this primer (and sequel) doesn't quite have the spark or majesty of the original Europe '72.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Jefferson Airplane: Jefferson Airplane: The Woodstock Experience

Jefferson Airplane is a lot like Woodstock itself: rightfully iconic, yet slightly overrated. Fittingly, their live performance at the festival is forever enshrined on this two disc set.

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Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music

Informative and educational, intriguing and entertaining, part American history lesson, part biography and part concert film.

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Grateful Dead: Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings

Ultimately, what I am trying to say is this: The Dead can be appreciated -- indeed, probably must be appreciated -- as a kind of continuing, evolving, shifty performance of “The Grateful Dead”.

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Jerry Garcia: The Jerry Garcia Collection Vol.1: Legion of Mary

The fickle line that divides 'Essential Document' from 'Opportunistic Filler Release' is only a shade lighter than that which separates 'True Fan' from 'Layman'. Or in this case, Deadhead from dilettante.

Aaron Leitko
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Festival Express (2004)

All these musicians wanted to do was to escape from the youth rebelliousness that they are supposed to have influenced and represented.

Todd R. Ramlow
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