I retract what I said about this show in an earlier review - it is a wonderful show, in excellent sound. I guess I wasn't listening to it in the right frame of mind or something. How could I have been so wrong? A humbling experience - perhaps I should listen a bit more deeply before opening my mouth.
And as another reviewer puts it:
The transition from Dark Star through Spanish Jam into US Blues is one for the ages. Brilliant, wonderful show. Don't miss this one.
Some (most?) Dead Heads prefer audience recordings, but I generally find them to be too murky sounding and full of unpleasant audience cheering so I avoid them (the Dead were okay with people taping their shows, and eventually evolved to having an audience taping section). To each their own, I guess.
As this website puts it (in a review of the above show with a picture of the Wall of Sound), "You'll never hear the Wall on a soundboard recording. This historic sound system is wonderfully captured in many audience recordings over the year."
http://www.deadlistening.com/2008/02/19 ... onton.html
And I notice that a reviewer of the audience recording that is linked to in the above review is having a similar issue with this show as me:
Is there something I'm not hearing? I am a huge 74 fan and also a huge AUD fan, and this show is average at best. There are many other superior shows. Both reviews for the AUD and the SBD are raving and I just don't see it.