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A Night At The Family Dog (1970 Concert/Santana/Grateful Dead/Jefferson Airplane/Eagle DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Concert: B-



It is amazing the kinds of talent that used to tour together, or perform in special events, especially before scalpers permanently pushed ticket prices through the roof.You can see it in the many posters into the late 1970s that are now classics and go for more money than you might imagine.One of those concerts, A Night At The Family Dog, has arrived on DVD and it is not a bad set at all.


Taped in San Francisco in February 1970, it featured Santana in their early glory, The Grateful Dead in full force and Jefferson Airplane in their last years before transforming to Jefferson Starship.They each offer good sets, though youíll be wishing all were longer.They include:



Incident At Neshabur

Soul Sacrifice


Grateful Dead

Hard To Handle

China Cat Flower

I Know You Rider


Jefferson Airplane

The Ballad Of You & Me & Poonell

Eskimo Blue Bay



The saddest thing was to see Jerry Garcia so good here and now no longer with us, while the most impressive moment is Santana doing Soul Sacrifice so well that you would think someone was watching David Fincherís Zodiac.It sounds amazing and consistent, but they do not seem to be playing over the original hit studio recording at all.Either way, it is a concert that you should see at least once and is more than worth your time to go out of the way to get.


The 1.33 x 1 image was shot on analog NTSC videotape and looks about as well as it can for its age, is color consistent and is maybe a couple generations down at worst.The Dolby Digital 5.1 tries to spread out the sound from the original source and is a little better than the 2.0 Stereo and Mono Dolby mixes, but purists might want to try all of the options before playback.There are no extras.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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