The studio recordings do not capture them at all, they were primarily improvisational. Late 60s sound was insane electric acid psychedelia, 70-72 brought in more roots/folk (they actually started as a bluegrass band and Jerry's unique guitar playing style stems in part from his banjo background), 73-74 had a lot of jazz fusion vibes, and the final great year for the band imo is 77 with some funk/disco influences. Generally played two sets and an encore, the first set is more song based and the second set is where the serious jamming comes in. I would start with something from 72 since that's sort of their most classic sound, in my mind, although I personally prefer the really long jazzy jams from 73 and 74 above all else. Go to archive.org as the poster above mentioned, search for the wembley empire pool show 1972-04-08 look for the Charlie miller tape (he's a really well known contributor to the community - he makes amazing remasters). Listen to the whole thing and hopefully you can find something in there that you like. If you want to skip right to the swirling typhoon of psychedelia listen to the Dark Star from that show.
God Tier: Anthem of the Sun, Terrapin Station, Live/Dead, Skullfuck Great: Workingman's Dead, American Beauty, Europe '72, AoxomoxoA, Wake of the Flood Good: Reckoning, Shakedown Street, s/t, Mars Hotel Eh: Go to Heaven, In the Dark Avoid At All Costs: Build to Last (really anything with Brent on vocals)
>>61950350 I mean, yeah, Victim is a good song in the Dead's catalog, but Brent's vocals kinda ruins the aesthetics of the Dead to me. Sounds too much like a B-rate hair metal vocalist. But I can get why you have that opinion. And plus, I have to account that by that time, Jerry nearly destroyed his voice with drugs.
>>61950280 Yeah I was just trying to give a more general introduction, that material is interesting and definitely underrated but not a place I would probably use as a starting point for a new listener
>>61949090 >>61950278 just finished American Beauty and Workingman's Dead. really solid records, really enjoyed them. >>61950280 i'll check that stuff out, i'm into a fair amount of psychedelic/garage stuff from that era, sounds interesting.
p.s. any rec's for Jerry's solo stuff? p.p.s. thanks again for the rec's really digging 'em
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