View From The Vault [DVD] review by Grateful Dead

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  • Released: Oct 10, 2000
  • Sound: 9
  • Content: 9
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (3 votes)
Grateful Dead: View From The Vault [DVD]

Sound — 9
The music in the DVD was, like any Dead concert, phenominal. Everything was picked up well, and the film featured 215 minutes of music. The movie contains quite a few songs from Terrapin Station, but also has other hits, including the opening "Touch Of Grey." There's also two songs listed as "jams" one known just as "Jam" and the other as "KY Jam," or "Kentucky Jam" (this second jam was part of three songs that were put in to the film from a different concert). The only problem I noticed with the sound was that in the first song or two Brent Mydland seemed to have some problems with being heard, but you could see a rodie come over and fix whatever was wrong, and after that everything was great. The Dead do some covers as well; including Bob Dylan and Guns N' Roses covers.

Content — 9
The content on this DVD is pretty much what you'd expect from any concert DVD, and that is the concert. Besides that, there is nothing, but who cares, it's 3 1/2 hours of the Dead! Also, for all you psychedelic freaks, there's about 30 minutes worth of psychedelic stuff going on, where there'll be color changing hazes, ventures through space, or other odd things to keep you occupied. Anyways, here is a list of everything played. Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, July 8, 1990, first set: 01. Touch Of Grey 02. Greatest Story Ever Told 03. Jack-A-Roe 04. New Minglewood Blues 05. Row Jimmy 06. Mama Tried 07. Mexicali Blues 08. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 09. Let It Grow Second set: 01. Samson And Delilah 02. Eyes Of The World 03. Estimated Prophet 04. Terrapin Station 05. Jam 06. Drums 07. Space 08. I Need A Miracle 09. Wang Dang Doodle 10. Black Peter 11. Throwing Stones 12. Turn On Your Lovelight 13. Knockin' On Heaven's Door Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY - July 6, 1990: 01. Standing On The Moon 02. He's Gone 03. KY Jam. The reason for two sets is that the concert starts during the day and after an hour the guys take a break. When they return Part II. After Part II there's a black screen for a few seconds and then the song "Standing On The Moon" starts at their Cardinal Stadium Concert, which continues to play as the credits unfold.

Production Quality — 10
The production is great, enough said.

Overall Impression — 9
Awesome concert. Done in 1990, so they weren't at their peak and were without Keith (and Donna) Godchauex, however, it was kickass nonetheless. I basically love everything it has even though the psychedelic effects can be a bit annoying at times. It it were lost or stolen I'd definetly buy it again, or atleast one of the other View From The Vault DVDs.

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