I’m going to keep this review short and sweet – this show features one of the greatest Dark Stars the Grateful Dead ever performed. Period.
If you don’t have time to listen to an above-average three-plus hour 1974 concert, just skip right to Dark Star, turn down the lights, turn up the volume and disappear for 45 minutes – you’ll need half an hour for the Dark Star and another 15 minutes for the great Morning Dew that follows it.
This Dark Star has everything you could want in a Dark Star, from very open, spacey sections to one of the most melodic crescendos you’re ever going to hear. Bear with this piece – the first ten minutes don’t seem like they are going anywhere, but when you’ve heard the whole thing, you’ll know why the Dead were playing that way at the start.
Once Dark Star concludes, we’re treated to an exceptional version of Morning Dew that is the icing on the cake. Don’t skip the Dew. It’ll rattle your windows.
These two songs are all you’re going to need from this show, but there is also a good Playin’ in the Band, a nice Weather Report Suite and, in my opinion, a great version of Candyman. China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider is also top shelf. But, honestly, tonight belongs to Dark Star>Morning Dew.
Go. Listen. Now. Here: https://archive.org/details/gd1974-02-24.sbd.miller.116902.flac16