Honestly, I can't really remember disk one. I haven't heard it in quite some time and I don't feel qualified to speak about it's quality now. The main reason for this is because every time I grab for FILLMORE EAST 2/11/69 I grab the second disk. I'm not much of a fan of the song DUPREES DIAMOND BLUES, so I skip it and get right to MOUNTAINS... the transition out of MOUNTAINS is nice, but there are better ones on tape. What makes this a five-star set is the DARK STAR all the way through to FEEDBACK.
That section (and it's a sizeable section, well worth the money it costs to buy this set) is what the Dead was all about! This is the sort of creative, ensemble improvisation that I respect the Dead for. There is none of the boring, sloppy, directionless meandering that they became known for later in their career. Quite simply, DARK STAR through FEEDBACK is some of the best officially-released Dead that has been released so far. There are alot of Dead releases to skip over, but this is not one of them!
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