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So Many Roads: 1965-1995

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An album by Grateful Dead

Deadhead collecting has come a long way. An experience that was once based in haphazard bootleg tape trading of complete single shows has graduated to this: a fancy, cloth-covered, lovingly annotated five-disc box set of live recordings, oddities, outtakes, … see full wiki

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1 review about So Many Roads: 1965-1995

Too much miss, not enough hit

  • Jan 12, 2000
To go through this box disk-by-disk would take up too much space so I'll just mention a few of the memorable moments... I don't know why someone would complain about the soundcheck (WATKINS GLEN SOUNDCHECK JAM) since it's one of the best tracks on the set. Get "soundcheck warming up" out of your head and just listen to it as music. This "warm-up" has more of what the Dead was about than most of the rest of the box does, and it also shows why Bill Kreutzmann as the lone drummer was a musically superior line-up to the later line-up of two drummers after Mickey Hart returned to the band. The SPANISH JAM is one of this sets best moments. It's perhaps the sonically best (best recorded) track of any of the early (the great years) stuff on the box and the playing is pure high-quality Dead. A great track! Except for a few moments, like the BIRDSONG with Branford and the '88 PLAYIN' IN THE BAND, most of the last 3 disks is a big snooze, as is most of the pre-'68 on the first disk (the '66 RIDER aside).

Mostly, this boxed set is a set full of passionless, directionless, tired, sloppy, and just plain boring music. The Dead's vault does have the potential to produce a truly great Grateful Dead boxed set, but this is not that boxed set.

This set's version of the song SO MANY ROADS (taken from the Dead's last show) is still as dull as it was that night at the concert.

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So Many Roads: 1965-1995
Label: Arista
Artist: Grateful Dead
Release Date: November 9, 1999

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