Have you ever felt like you were seriously out of touch? Like what was important to you wasn’t important to those around you and vice versa? Like a walking anachronism?
Well I have. While everyone around me seems to have caught Halo Fever I’ve been quietly enjoying what is, to me, a far more significant November DVD release:
Yep, the epic movie capturing the Grateful Dead’s October 1974 “farewell” run at the Winterland is finally out on DVD with much bonus material. Jerry’s original surround mix (he did 5 channels in the mid 70’s, when theatres had to be specially rigged with alternate sound systems to support such a thing) is now 5.1.
Where the original movie focused about equally on the Dead’s performance and the various wierdnesses in and among the crowd, the bonus material is just about pure performance. A terrific document capturing these guys at the height of their Wall of Sound period.
This film was a staple of the Saturday Night Midnight Movie circuit when I was growing up. I’m pretty sure I saw every showing in St. Louis, MO from 1978 to 1984. Sure is a different experience to see this in one’s own living room . . .