This comes from March 1968. Not clear if it’s the complete show or not. There are gaps between tracks. Really not sure how the hell that happened. It’s kind of inexcusable. Cool long version of “Caution” but there are better ones. Really, this doesn’t feel that essential for 1968.
This has to be combined with the bonus tracks from Anthem of the Sun to make the complete show. It’s a pretty good one. Cool long versions of “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “Turn On Your Lovelight” as well as a pretty epic and strong “Alligator” and “Caution.” This also appears to be the first appearance of “Dark Star” > “The Eleven” so that’s cool. I miss the early “China Cat Sunflower” though. Definitely deserves to stay in my Dead rotation.
This one’s even more mellow than the previous two albums. It’s not bad. I think I still like it more than Lisbon. But there’s really not much on here that grabs me. Or maybe there’s nothing that grabs me. And “We Can’t Be Beat” is kind of an off putting opening.
I absolutely loved this album when it came out in 2005. Over the years, I’ve cooled a little bit. After “Dead Cowboy” it loses a lot of steam. But it’s still great stuff. The first 35 minutes of it are some of their best ever. I’ve actually loved every Lightning Bolt album at the time I got it, and then thought the next one was much better. Except for Earthly Delights. But that one is really a step up from this one in some ways. Anyway, this is a great loud driving album.
I remember buying this around the time that it came out. I thought the cover was cool. They seemed like they’d be a cool band. I’d never heard a single Wilco song. Kind of hated this album almost instantly. There were maybe 4-5 pop-rock songs I liked ok. The rest was way too country for me. I gave it a 2nd chance after falling in love with Being There. But I never really liked this album that much. And listening to it for the first time in probably a decade, I like it even less. The songs just do nothing for me.
More interesting than disc 1. Also a bit longer. And the Alligator>CCS>The Eleven jam is pretty cool and unique.
A major improvement from the first album. Still doesn’t rock as hard as the next 2 albums would. Also is maybe a bit long. The songs are kind of looser too. Not as focused. But this is an album I’d get people falling in love with. Just never hit me the same way really.