Maybe it's because I never got to see Jerry live or maybe I just don't have the amazing hearing skills that these Negative Nancys do, but from what I have heard on recordings from the nineties, save for a few great shows, Furthur smokes that era.
Is this your attempt at joining the ranks of the NNs? Just ribbing you is all. Is kind of strange for those who consider themselves positivos to address the negative with a negative, though. Kind of a clusterfuck of the confused.
I'm sure many will consider this post blasphemy and flame me to no end but some of Furthur's best shows I feel are on par with some of those legendary 71-77 era shows.
Well, being quite a big Furthur fan myself, even I find this statement on the silly side. Not fair to compare, though. Several different menus and meals between the various eras of the dead between those years and what Furthur is. It does make perfect sense for someone younger, who never took part in the GD live energy, but who does take part in the Furthur live energy, to have a kinship with Furthur that they do not with the GD.
I can't remember where I read the story but I know that I'v read it at least twice, I think once on here and once on GD reddit but the gist of it is that there were people walking out of 71 shows talking about how they were "over it" because the band just "aren't as good as they used to be." Sorry for the rant but I do feel strongly about this subject.
Related to what I just said above, this also makes a lot of sense. The people who were seeing them in '67, '68, and '69 were accustomed to a very different scene and situation than what came shortly thereafter. Not only that, there was a big jump in musical approach and influences between those years. Tons of growth and tweaking of perspective. To not jive with that next step isn't unfathomable. It's a natural consequence to artistic evolution/alteration. You'll lose some, and you'll gain some. It doesn't really prove anything, and it shouldn't be viewed as a statement about a fan's preference for one thing or another.