Well, here we are - slightly over 35 years since this album was first cut - a masterpiece for its day and age and even by today's standards (if there are any left!) I remember when this first came out - no one but those who knew the Dead then listened to it - a pastiche of several live concerts and studio jams - the sound of "thick air" by spinning a gyroscope over a piano's chord strings - weaving, bobbing, bubbling, spinning, spiraling sounds made by these guys who were speaking from a different plane of reality at the time. Musically coherent during most of the album, the songs (That's it for the Other One, New Potato Caboose, The Rounder we go, the Faster we Get, Quadlibet for Tenderfeet, et al) are so timeless. They are painters using sound as their brushes - from the sublimely narrow to the widest strokes of their instruments they create a picture of sound that evokes their listeners to get on the bus and go for the ride.
Like Bill Graham once said "They are not the best at what they do - they are the only ones that do what they do." Listen to this album and you'll understand why!