Grateful Dead: Hogmanay '72 (12/31/72)
- 3 CD
Grateful Dead: Hogmanay '72,
NEW YEARS EVE AT WINTERLAND 1972. With over 2300 live performances to their name, some of the Grateful Dead's finest shows of all were their monumental New Year's Eve gigs, performed almost annually across four decades. Playing through or even following the traditional midnight countdown, the Dead would continue long into the early hours of the new year, undertaking sets ambitious in length even by the Dead's astonishing standards. The Dead's NYE 1972 show at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco was no exception. Taking to the stage the very moment 1973 began, the assembled 5000 or so Deadheads were, as of the stroke of midnight, witness to almost four hours of the extraordinary music that would cement the Grateful Dead's place in the musical history books. Simultaneously broadcast by KSAN over local FM radio for the benefit of those without tickets, the audio sound on this archive release is simply astonishing. Boasting a strong line up - although sadly missing the presence of founding member Ron Pigpen McKernan - consisting of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, husband-and-wife duo Keith and Donna Godchaux, Phil Lesh and duelling drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, the lengthy show includes a host of early Dead classics alongside what were then more contemporary numbers. Available here on triple CD format for the first time, this boxed set will doubtless end up an essential title in the finest Grateful Dead collections worldwide.
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of Discs: 3