What we have here for our Dead of the Day is one of those superlative shows where nearly every note seems to be in the perfect place. It is not necessarily that this is the best show ever - though you could easily argue that - but instead that every song is gorgeously satisfying and all harmoniously fit together into an arc of seamless loveliness. Of course, there is the matter of the monster Dark Star in the second set, coming in at three-quarters of an hour and sparking controversy on Dead message boards everywhere. Is it the greatest Dark Star of them all or just a self-indulgent fount of mindless noodling? Well, we think it is closer to the former, but it is up to you to decide for yourselves. So, we are not going to say anything more about the incredible music that is here, but just leave it to you to sit back, relax, and give it all a good listen. We are sure you will not be remotely disappointed, even if you do decide to fast-forward through the Dark Star right to that Eyes> Stella.
Other December 6th Shows and Recordings:
- 1968 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA - unknown setlist, not on Archive
- 1971 - Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
- 1980 - Mill Valley Recreation Center - Mill Valley, CA
- 1981 - Rosemont Horizon - Rosemont, IL
- 1989 - Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena - Oakland, CA
- 1992 - Compton Terrace Amphitheater - Tempe, AZ