The Grateful Dead – The Eleven (1969-02-27)

Furious jamming:

The Grateful Dead – The Eleven (1969-02-27)

I heard this on The Garcia Discs, but it’s also available on The Fillmore West: Complete Recordings.

The Grateful Dead are, of course, the archetypal jamband. They were capable of alternating fiery, thunderous improvisation and spine tingling, captivatingly sweet melodies. They also were susceptible to drug-addled, endless noodling without substance, throw away short tunes, or just generally sloppiness. So they periodically fall in and out of my playlists.

One of the very interesting things about The Dead is the degree to which their sound fluctuated over the course of three decades of touring. ’69 Dead vs. ’72 Dead can sound wildly different, let alone 80’s or 90’s shows. On the whole this is a good thing, since you can picks tracks/shows from different eras to match the style you’re looking.

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