Grateful Dead

Moe's Place

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The Grateful Dead's 1978 tour in support of Shakedown Street resulted in countless bootlegs, one of which was Moe's Place. Some of those Dead bootlegs were plagued by inferior sound quality, and some of them had decent or excellent sound. Recorded from the soundboard of the Capitol Theater in October 1978, Moe's Place would please an audiophile. Of course, great sound quality doesn't make a recording essential, and while the performances on Moe's Place are generally enjoyable, they are far from definitive. Nonetheless, Jerry Garcia and associates are in decent form on material that ranges from "Sugaree," "Deal Gone Down," and "The Only Game in Town," to the Olympics' "Good Lovin'," which was a major hit for the Rascals in the '60s and is among the highlights of the likable, if uneven, Shakedown Street. Not recommended to casual listeners, the Moe's Place vinyl LP is strictly for seasoned Dead collectors.