Peak-Era Mid-1970s Grateful Dead Comes Alive on 180g 6LP Vinyl Set: Limited to 7,500 Copies, Portland Memorial Coliseum 5/19/74 Brims with Pacific Northwest Themes and Ace Playing
The Pacific Northwest offers up a rich feast of land, sky, and water. It is ripe with influences, abundant with symbols, deep and spirited. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that the Grateful Dead played some of their most inspired shows on these fertile grounds. It goes without saying that the band's concert on May 19, 1974 at Portland's Memorial Coliseum qualifies as such. Limited to just 7,500 copies, this superb-sounding 180g 6LP set captures the Dead at the peak of its mid-70s glory, with the group turning in an aptly nature-themed first set ("Black-Throated Wind," "Scarlet Begonias," and "It Must Have Been the Roses" serve as natural complements to the adventure-prone tales "Me and Bobby McGee," "Mexicali Blues," and "El Paso") and hitting stride in the second set with an epic "Weather Report Suite" – >"Wharf Rat" that iconically captures the Pacific Northwest's vibe.
Most importantly, the chemistry between Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and company is on fire. It’s no exaggeration to state that Portland 1974 remains regarded as one of the iconic collective’s finest-ever performances and remained sacred to tape traders for decades. It was also voted the second-best show of 1974—a prime year for the Dead—by Deadheads in the live DeadBase bible for years running. One listen to Garcia’s guitar playing, Weir’s rhythmic accents, or even the delightfully uptempo version of “Loose Lucy” here will confirm such praise as being highly deserved.
As with all prior vault Dead live releases, we expect this to immediately sell-out. Secure your copy today and dance with the Dead!