Rolling Stone - 1/22/04, p.733 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.1314 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'..."
The Grateful Dead includes: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Phil Lesh (bass); Mickey Hart (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Bill Graham, Dan Aykroyd (spoken vocals).
Recorded live at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California on December 31, 1978. Includes liner notes by Gary Lambert and Glenn Lambert.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
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).
Liner Note Author: Gary Lambert.
Recording information: Winterland, San Francisco, CA (12/31/1978-01/01/1979).
Photographer: Steve Schneider.
Arrangers: Grateful Dead; Bob Weir.
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.