Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Box Set/Live Dead

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This DVD collection features three titles: Ticket to New Years (1987), Downhill From Here (1989), and A View From the Vault (1990) -- all of which are likewise available separately. Although the Grateful Dead's performance career spanned 30 years, there is little in the way of footage from their halcyon days in the '60s or '70s -- partially explaining the limited time frame from which this set is derived. By the late '80s, the Grateful Dead had begun broadcasting their traditional New Year's Eve shows via both FM simulcast as well as closed-circuit/pay-per-view cable TV specials. The 1987 New Year's Eve show from Oakland Coliseum is the subject of Ticket to New Years. Astute Deadheads will also recognize that much of the same concert -- primarily from the second set -- was also used in the creation of the 1989 So Far home video. 1990s' technology allowed for the Grateful Dead to begin regularly video archiving their outdoor summer stadium tours. The video feed that the band was able to document came from the in-house [read: venue] screens that graced both sides of the stage, enabling even the most remote concert attendees a chance to see the most intimate details of the performance. Both Downhill From Here (July 17 and 18, 1989) and A View From the Vault (July 6 and 8, 1990) are drawn from these sources. Each title boasts not only stellar remastered digital audio, but also vibrantly crisp video to match. Additionally, the DVD incarnations (all releases are likewise available in the VHS tape format) include extra information, such as menu screens sporting "visible lyrics" options, venue statistics, trivia games, and even additional "bonus footage" -- on A View From the Vault (1990). This box set is a great way to collect these titles and offers a bit of a price break -- as opposed to purchasing them individually.