"Rhythm Devils" replaces "Space" from the original CD version.
The Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Phil Lesh (vocals, bass); Brent Mydland (keyboards); Bill Kreutzmann (drums); Mickey Hart (percussion).
Producers: Don Healy, Betty Cantor-Jackson, Jerry Garcia.
Recorded live at the Warfield Theater, San Francisco, September 25-October 14, 1980 and at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, October 22-31, 1980.
Digitally remastered by Joe Gastwirt (Digital Magnetics).
Audio Mixer: Tom Flye.
Liner Note Author: Steve Silberman.
Recording information: Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY (09/25/1980-10/31/1980); Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA (09/25/1980-10/31/1980).
Photographers: Jay Blakesberg; John Werner ; Bruce Polonsky; Richard McCaffrey; Robert Minkin; Ken Friedman.
Arranger: Grateful Dead.
The Grateful Dead required a live setting in order to play at their peak, so they toured incessantly and released many a live record, sometimes even following one with another. And it made sense, because the touring Dead were a work in progress, a constantly evolving experiment. Night after night, they would rework and rediscover their songs in a way that no other band did. On any given night, they could be stellar, inspired, meandering, or downright sloppy--sometimes all four--but on any given night, there was always at least a little bit of that ineffable Dead magic.
DEAD SET was recorded in the fall of 1980 in California and New York. This collection steers clear of the extended twists and turns of a typical Dead show and stays in well-charted, melodic territory. No long space jams here, and only a truncated drum solo. Instead, there are singable crowd favorites like "Fire on the Mountain," "Franklin's Tower," a bunch from the classic AMERICAN BEAUTY ("Friend of the Devil," "Brokedown Palace," "Candyman") and a fiery version of "New Minglewood Blues," a traditional song they covered on their very first record.