I made news year resolution to practice guitar while playing with the actual song. It's a pain in the assholes with a CD so I went and down loaded a mp3 of every song I play so now when I get bored at work instead of just pickin up my guitar and playing I throw on the mp3. Very helpful. The first tunes I play are He's gone and Brown eyed woman from europe 72. They are both in the key of F even though all the tabs are in E. So I go onto the archive and check on shows from europ 72 and the dead are playing these songs in E. So why did they speed these tunes up by a 1/2 step for the album? Is the entire album a 1/2 step fast or did they think some of the tunes sounded better (jerry's voice?) at that pitch. So I can't listen to europe 72 anymore because it is to annoying. I believe they did the same thing on a bootleg album I have from a 70 felt forum show. What the hell, were they on drugs or something??
If you have a Korg CA-30, just calibrate up to A = 452 Hz and you'll be in tune with the CD.
Yes, it does appear that the entire album is slightly sharped, but not all the way to F.
Noticed this a couple of years ago by holding up my Korg CA-30 to the stereo speakers and got the green light center a full 12 Hz higher. Once I tuned up to this all the cool leads finally started to sound right.
The only reason I can think of for this sharping was that they were on the road, maybe the piano was found to be sharped, and they decided to sharpen everything to the piano than retune it on the fly.
This sharpening has a LOT to do with why the entire album is so airy sounding.