Live in Paris at the Olympia Theater. From the Europe ’72 album. Courtesy of Youtuber LongStrangeTrip710.
Jerry Garcia (lead guitar, vocals), Donna Jean Godchaux (backing vocals), Keith Godchaux (piano), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (organ, vocals), Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, vocals).
When the Dead get going, I get the same rush from them that I get from jazz. And sometimes they can sustain that maximal exploratory sweet spot for a lot longer. I’m thinking of starting a Grateful Dead Retrospective component of music blogging. I’m really getting into the studio albums American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead. As for the live albums, I’m finding that while a lot of them do capture some of that Dead concert magic, they often aren’t recorded super well. However, that is definitely not the case here! This is a fantastic recording–even better than I remember. It seems like a perfect confluence of studio level sound quality and the legendary Dead concert vibe, and tight playing isn’t sacrificed here for live energy.