|Produced by Dan Healy, Betty Cantor-Jackson and Jerry Garcia|
|Released on August 1981|
|US CHART POSITION #29|
|Find it at GEMM|
|A2CD 8112 cover
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B zzzuhhrrr. Welcome to the world, electrick brother. From the belly of a barren decade came two twins: acoustic Reckoning and electric Dead Set. Their acoustic/electric personalities are amplified by comparable fare: a handful of classics plus early and integrated solo works. Brent Mydland and his electric organ are magic, the sanguine Weir and pale Garcia play their parts. Highlights this time include a lullabied “Friend of the Devil,” the experimental “Space” softly crashing into “Fire on the Mountain,” another “Deal” and the unshakable “Franklin’s Tower.” The Weirer it gets, the less I’m interested. Reckoning is the smarter of the two twins because it shoots the Dead in soft light. The electric Dead Set opts for a harsh light that has a withering effect on Garcia. “Candyman,” “Brokedown Palace” and “Loser” nearly break down. The show also loses some momentum during the succession of “Loser,” “Passenger” and “Feel Like A Stranger,” not three songs that the Dead will be remembered for at the end of the day. It’s up to “Franklin’s Tower” to restore our faith, and the Dead are alive again. Among the Mydland chronicles, Reckoning and Dead Set are tales of triumph. No longer driven lonely by the twin sails of guitar, the music moves mainly under Mydland’s mainsail of organ and electric piano. It’s not enough to atone for a half-inflated Garcia or overinflated Weir, but it helps. And from the liner note legal department: The 1986 single-disc reissue omits “Rhythm Devils.” In 2006, Rhino reissued Dead Set with ten additional tracks as a two-disc set (and, yes, rhythm devils’ in the details this time).
JERRY GARCIA --
MICKEY HART --
BILLY KREUTZMANN --
PHIL LESH --
BRENT MYDLAND --
BOB WEIR --
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||August 1981||Arista||2LP/CS||A2L/ATC-8606||gatefold cover|
|UK||September 1981||Arista||2LP||DARTY 11||gatefold cover|
|US||1986||Arista||CD||A2CD 8112||wo. track 11|
|US/UK||April 11, 2006||Rhino||2CD||73283||digital remaster w. bonus disc|
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