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Learn more about Closing Of Winterland: December 31, 1978 (Live):

Format: CD
Sku: 60621434
UPC: 081227805524
UPC 14: 00081227805524
Release Date: 12/16/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sugar Magnolia ~ Grateful Dead
2. Scarlet Begonias ~ Grateful Dead
3. Fire On The Mountain ~ Grateful Dead
4. Me And My Uncle ~ Grateful Dead
5. Big River ~ Grateful Dead
6. Friend Of The Devil ~ Grateful Dead
7. It's All Over Now ~ Grateful Dead
8. Stagger Lee ~ Grateful Dead
9. From The Heart Of Me ~ Grateful Dead
10. Sunshine Daydream ~ Grateful Dead
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Samson And Delilah ~ Grateful Dead
2. Ramble On Rose ~ Grateful Dead
3. I Need A Miracle ~ Grateful Dead
4. Terrapin Station ~ Grateful Dead
5. Playing In The Band ~ Grateful Dead
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Rhythm Devils ~ Grateful Dead
2. Not Fade Away ~ Grateful Dead
3. Around And Around ~ Grateful Dead
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Dark Star ~ Grateful Dead
2. Other One, The ~ Grateful Dead
3. Dark Star ~ Grateful Dead
4. Wharf Rat ~ Grateful Dead
5. St. Stephen ~ Grateful Dead
6. Good Lovin' ~ Grateful Dead
7. Casey Jones ~ Grateful Dead
8. Johnny B. Goode ~ Grateful Dead
9. We Bid You Goodnight ~ Grateful Dead
 
A 4-CD soundtrack recounting one of the most incredible nights in the Grateful Deads Long Strange Trip, and in the life of Winterland, the now-fabled room that, under the direction of legendary promoter Bill Graham, reigned as San Franciscos ultimate rock destination from 1967-1978. No other act was more closely associated with Winterland than the Dead. When the decision to shut the venue was made, a New Years Eve blow-out with the Grateful Dead seemed the only way to go. This magnificent send-off to one of rocks most famous stages is now available on CD for the very first time.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The Grateful Dead includes: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Phil Lesh (bass); Mickey Hart (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel includes: Bill Graham, Dan Aykroyd (spoken vocals).
Muze PNote Recorded live at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California on December 31, 1978. Includes liner notes by Gary Lambert and Glenn Lambert.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Muze PNote Personnel: Jerry Garcia (vocals, guitar); Dan Aykroyd (vocals, harmonica); Keith Godchaux (vocals, keyboards); Phil Lesh (vocals, electric bass); Donna Jean Godchaux, Bob Weir (vocals); John Cipollina (guitar); Lee Oskar, Matthew Kelly (harmonica); Greg Errico, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann (drums); Ken Kesey (sound effects).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Gary Lambert.
Muze PNote Recording information: Winterland, San Francisco, CA (12/31/1978-01/01/1979).
Muze PNote Photographer: Steve Schneider.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Grateful Dead; Bob Weir.
Muze PNote This pristine recording of the final concert at Winterland, the crumbling San Francisco venue that had witnessed thousands of often incandescent rock & roll shows between 1967 and 1978, features the only band deemed worthy of closing the old place down. The Grateful Dead performed three sets of relaxed, often inspired music that night, most of which is captured here--favorites like "Dark Star" showcase their often almost telepathic improvisatory skills, while covers like "Johnny B. Goode" and "Good Lovin'" show that they're also not averse to pure entertainment.

Producer: David Lemieux; Robert Minkin; Jeffrey Norman; Mickey Hart; Tom Flye

Engineer: Jeffrey Norman; Mickey Hart; Tom Flye

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/16/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8122780552
Music Label Name Label : Grateful Dead
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 4
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227805524

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (1/22/04, p.73)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...Even by Dead standards, this was an epic show....WINTERLAND is loaded with the Dead's peculiar revisions of rock and pre-rock idioms..."

Rolling Stone (p.154)
- Included in Rolling Stone's The 10 Best Reissues & Anthologies Of 2004 - "[T]here is a reflective fondness and daredevil giving in the singing and jamming here that suits the end-of-an-era air."

Q (4/04, p.131)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "Jerry Garcia's guitar is at its most inventive, and they play all the requisite anthems..."

Dirty Linen (4/04, p.59)
- "The energetic performance included a sprawling repertoire that blended recently penned tunes like 'Stagger Lee' and 'I Need a Miracle' and old classics like 'Saint Stephen'..."

Rolling Stone 9 of 10
It was only fitting that the Grateful Dead headlined the grand finale at Winterland, the decrepit ice-skating rink that became a San Francisco rock mecca under the aegis of promoter Bill Graham in the late Sixties and the Seventies. The Dead played the joint fifty-nine times, far more than any other band, and they brought a sense of extravagant occasion to the party, documented on The Closing of Winterland: December 31, 1978. Even by Dead standards, this was an epic show: more than four hours, spread over four CDs, larded with mostly extraneous guest stars (Quicksilver Messenger Service's John Cipollina and War's Lee Oskar among them). Graham himself kicks things off, floating over the crowd in a papier-mache gondola shaped like a twelve-foot spliff while Dan Aykroyd counts down to midnight. - Greg Kot

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Grateful Dead
Product attributeLabel:   Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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