7 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The '80s were a difficult period for veteran musicians. While their catalogs continued to sell well, thanks in part to classic rock radio, their aesthetics were skewered by an era that introduced digital recording technology before musicians and engineers fully understood how to capture sound effectively. Modern groups embraced the new methods in their own ways, while someone like Bob Dylan suffered with a sound much thinner than in the past. Attaining great sound in arenas was another battle. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone when the sound here is less effective than we're used to hearing from both acts. But fact is, the performances are very good. "I Want You" has an easy gait and complementary lead guitar lines from Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir. "Gotta Serve Somebody" cranks up a cool shuffle. "Queen Jane Approximately" is so relaxed it plays with a whiff of island breeze. The concert staples "All Along the Watchtower" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" trade licks and vocals between the two iconic '60s acts. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The '80s were a difficult period for veteran musicians. While their catalogs continued to sell well, thanks in part to classic rock radio, their aesthetics were skewered by an era that introduced digital recording technology before musicians and engineers fully understood how to capture sound effectively. Modern groups embraced the new methods in their own ways, while someone like Bob Dylan suffered with a sound much thinner than in the past. Attaining great sound in arenas was another battle. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone when the sound here is less effective than we're used to hearing from both acts. But fact is, the performances are very good. "I Want You" has an easy gait and complementary lead guitar lines from Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir. "Gotta Serve Somebody" cranks up a cool shuffle. "Queen Jane Approximately" is so relaxed it plays with a whiff of island breeze. The concert staples "All Along the Watchtower" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" trade licks and vocals between the two iconic '60s acts. 

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

ikoo712 ,

Dylan & The Dead

Very much maligned over the years. Since I am a mark for both parties, I would love to hear more. Candidate for expanded edition.

dead_head_8503 ,

the worst album ever made by dylan or the grateful dead

it's been said before; this album does neither the dead or dylan any justice. it in no way reperesents what the dead are capable of live! i LOVE the grateful dead and dylan is great too, but take it from me, you be better off with just about anything else by either artist. if you want to check out some live dylan, i recommend before the flood. for the dead, europe '72, live dead, or skull and roses. STEER CLEAR OF THIS.

Heartless crooner ,

People are you insane!?

This is incredible. Bob Dylan and the Grateful dead! You cant get more iconic. This is a live album and I feel like I'm there. It's sheer psychedelic magic!

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