View From The Vault, Vol. 4
This soundtrack features the four sets the Dead played on their own at Oakland Stadium in Oakland, CA on 7/24/87 and at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA on 7/26/87.
A DVD of the same shows is also available. The CD features all of the same music as the DVD plus a few of the songs from the first set of Oakland that are not included on the DVD.
The fourth installment of the View From The Vault series of video releases is a vivid artifact of a peak moment in the three-decade history of the Grateful Dead.
In the summer of 1987, the Dead, having released their first new studio album in seven years (In The Dark), embarked on an eagerly anticipated six-city tour of large stadiums, sharing the bill with and providing accompaniment for Bob Dylan. This long-awaited collaboration was news in itself, but during the tour's short duration, another entirely unprecedented development in the band's career became just as big a story: the Dead, who had always been better known as live performers than as recording artists, found themselves, for the first time ever, with a bona fide multi-platinum hit album and, even more surprising, a Top Ten single (Touch Of Grey
). Both album and single were hovering near the top of the charts in late July, when the Dead returned to California for the last two shows of the tour with Dylan, in Oakland and Anaheim. It was a triumphant homecoming, to put it mildly. The Dead, suddenly transformed from a band with a large and loyal cult following into one of the biggest live draws of all time, received a hero's welcome from the West Coast crowds, and responded in kind, with the powerful performances you'll find captured on View From The Vault IV.
The CD features, in their entirety, the four sets the Dead played on their own in Oakland and Anaheim, prior to the show-closing performances with Dylan (the Anaheim sets are complete; due to length limitations, three songs have been excised from the first set in Oakland for the DVD, but can be heard on this companion CD soundtrack).