Deadheads might feel a chill watching this release that features sets from a 1989 Grateful Dead show in East Troy, WI. Sitting front and center is Jerry Garcia who seems livelier than usual. His subdued antics are familiar to well-traveled fans, many of whom attended this same concert. Less hearty followers seem to appreciate the simple camera angles; most of the footage consists of close-ups of Garcia and the band. More heartwarming is the two-and-a-half-hour playing time, which includes 23 songs. Tunes like "West L.A. Fade Away" and "Desolation Row & Deal" poignantly season the soundtrack. Though diehard groupies can well recall the summer night and the full moon, Downhill From Here adds a solid memory of America's favorite hippies.
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