Sunshine Daydream: WOW
'Sunshine Daydream' is something of a missing link. It offers possibly the best testament as to why the Grateful Dead became such an enduring phenomenon. Where Jerry Garcia would later inspire a generation of indulgent jam bands, in '72 he was capable of fearsome, almost metallic leads. Indeed, in the later stages of the film's uninterrupted "Dark Star" jam, the camera captures a close-up of a young Garcia just as he drills a repeating 4-note riff at staggering speed. And where the band could offer sometimes lazy and unfocused shows in the Nineties, here they jump and stomp and dance, sweating profusely on a brutally hot summer's Oregon day.