Closing Of Winterland: December 31, 1978 (Live) CD (2003)

Artist: Grateful Dead

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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.


Label Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
SKU 60621434
UPC 081227805524
UPC 14 00081227805524
Format CD
Release Date 12/16/2003
Author Grateful Dead
Hosted By Bill Graham
Featuring Greg Errico
Featuring John Cipollina
Featuring Ken Kesey
Featuring Lee Oskar
Featuring Matt Kelly
Featuring The Blues Brothers Band
Featuring The Grateful Dead
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review 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.
Reviewer Greg Kot
ReviewRating 9
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Artist Grateful Dead
Label Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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