Steve Futterman
July 26, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Steppin' Out With the Grateful Dead: England '72

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Limited Release Date
07/09/02
Producers
Arista
genre
Rock

We gave it an A

You don’t have to possess the intuition of a Deadhead to appreciate that the band was on quite a roll when it toured Europe in ’72. Culled from various British performances, this four-disc set captures a fully charged septet, complete with the ill-fated vocalist Ron ”Pigpen” McKernan, digging deep into well-loved material. No revelations (though a never-before-released version of ”Rockin’ Pneumonia” is fun), just vibrant playing from an ensemble that truly came alive only on stage.

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