Grateful Dead - Reckoning


Analogue Productions



Product No.:
AAPP 8604
UPC: 753088860416

200 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

200 Gram LP  

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One of the most enduring bands of all time FINALLY gets the Analogue Productions treatment!

Cut by Kevin Gray from the original analog masters and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!

Now presented with a deluxe gatefold jacket for the first time!

“That Analogue Productions head honcho Chad Kassem has an uncanny ear for selecting superb originals on which to lavish his perfectionist ministrations has never been in question. One need only look at a few of his releases to know that his taste is as good as it gets: Dusty In Memphis, Ray Charles’ Genius + Soul = Jazz, Getz/Gilberto — you get the picture. Reckoning is a more-than-worthy entrant in the exceedingly distinguished Analogue Productions catalogue.” Music= 5/5; Sound = 4.5/5 — Paul Bolin, The Audio Beat, August 2012

“... I put on the Analogue Productions reissue. Suddenly, as the Dead kicked in to “Dire Wolf,” they holographically manifested themselves just behind and between my Wilson Sashas. ... Mickey Hart’s gentle cymbal taps, plain as a pikestaff on the reissue, hadn’t even been apparent on the original pressing. ... This was demonstration-quality sound coupled with great American music. ... Mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes and pressed on massive 200-gram vinyl biscuits at Kassem’s Quality Record Pressings, this Reckoning features a foldout cover with full credits printed on thick, nearly archival-quality stock. The records themselves are absolutely flawless and dead quiet. It is my considered opinion that Quality Record Pressings is making the finest LPs that have ever been heard. I honestly cannot think of one thing about this release that could be improved. A total triumph in every way.” Music = 5/5; Sound = 4.5/5 — Paul Bolin, The Audio Beat, August 2012

"...The recording is nothing short of sensational. It's everything one could ask for in an acoustic live recording: breathtaking transparency and three-dimensionality, natural instrumental timbres and soundstaging that makes you feel as if you're sitting up there at the musicians' feet...The original's low grade pressing and packaging have been replaced with high quality from the 200g LPs to the gatefold packaging. Recommended without hesitation for both the musical craft and especially the recording that's nothing less than astonishing, as is the depth of the pressing blackness behind the music." Music = 9/11; Sound = 10/11 - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet, June 13, 2012

In the fall of 1980, the Dead purposefully played a series of shows at two venues — the Warfield Theater in San Francisco and Radio City Music Hall in New York City - that were considerably smaller than the stadiums and arenas they were by that point regularly selling out. They did so with the express purpose of recording in an intimate space the opening portion of each show — a stripped-down acoustic set of Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir playing acoustic guitars, Brent Mydland playing piano, drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart playing reduced kits and bassist Phil Lesh turning his electric volume down considerably.

The group chose a set list of classic folk and country tunes mixed with their originals. The record is a very obvious ode to the band's early 1960s origins of folk, bluegrass and country. These are the sounds from which this whole long, strange trip was born, and Garcia in particular shines radiantly.

The sound - as with all records that are stripped to their bare essentials and rid of an overcrowded electric set - is right up there with the very best the Dead ever released. This is also the record for those on-the-fence fans that could do without the wandering-away-from-the-pocket sound that characterized much of the Dead's music. The songs here are tight and compact while still mostly delicate.


Dire Wolf
The Race Is On
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
It Must Have Been The Roses
Dark Hollow
China Doll
Been All Around This World
Monkey And The Engineer
Deep Elem Blues
To Lay Me Down
Rosalie McFall
On The Road Again
Bird Song

Customer Reviews (4.89 Stars) 9 person(s) rated this product.

Some mighty fine pickin' and singin'!

posted on 06/10/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jeremy
I've heard a lot of different versions of this recording, both digital and analog. I must say, this is by far THE BEST representation of acoustic Grateful Dead you can find. This particular pressing is far superior to the original in my opinion. Thanks to everyone involved at Quality Pressings for the work put in on this one! Holding out hope for some UHQR Grateful Dead special releases.

This is fantastic!

posted on 08/04/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Grateful
I have to confess that I had no real interest in exploring this album when it was released in 1981. I did not particularly care for the direction that the Dead had taken in the latter part of the 70's and 1980 didn't offer any optimism as far as I was concerned. This was, in my opinion, a band in serious decline and I assumed that their best days were behind them. The Dead community would likely have burned me at the stake for losing faith but that's the way I saw (and heard) it at the time. What a pleasure it was to discover this gem so long after the fact and this particular reissue by Analogue Productions is absolutely stellar. It is obvious that this was a labor of love on behalf of everyone involved (band, technical crews, fans, and everyone that contributed to this reissue all these years later) and that labor and love has produced this new benchmark. I don't think that you can ask for more than what has been delivered here by A.P. Thank you to all for this sonic gift.

simply The Dead Acoustic on Vinyl, nothing else required

posted on 03/06/2013
5 Stars
Great Batch of shows, glad it on Vinyl. you can not get better than this.

It's a gem.

posted on 05/27/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Nikola Subotic
If you're looking at this review, you already know the music. This reissue sounds wonderful. Very natural timbre with no digital edge even though the musicians are projected right in front of you. Pressing is flat and dead quiet. Highly recommended.

Great Set, Great Recording, Great Pressing

posted on 04/24/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Randy Kaloua
If you're not a dead or qrp fan already this will get you there

Mix could be better

posted on 04/05/2012
4 Stars
This is a great live record, but the mix is a bit muddy and a bit uninspiring in parts. It sometimes sounds like the musicians fell asleep mid-song. The vocals sound distant. But it does get better as it gets deeper into the set.

Best sounding dead ever

posted on 03/12/2012
5 Stars
Does everything an audiophile re-issue should. This is a great recording to start with, but this pressing lets is all shine out. I love it.

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