Don't feel alone. Miles had the gift of annoying critics every step of the way.
So he left them behind in the dust.
Like hot curry for American tastes, Miles and other jazz and classical artists can be an acquired taste that requires repeated listening for greater enjoyment.
If you feel...
In performance with Elephants Memory at Madison Square Garden in August 1972, Lennon said it was, "Something about a flat top, that's all I know. I'll have to stop writin' those daft words, man. I don't know what I'm saying. Gettin' old."
Good enough for me.
The only reason they'd play the sig would be for marketing reasons, or to keep their original instruments off the road.
If someone made a copy of my favorite and gave it to me free, I'd be happy to play it in return.
1959 for Jazz.
1969 for Rock.
69 from '69, not counting Uncle Meat. I mean, that alone...
1. Abbey Road - The Beatles
2. Tommy - The Who
3. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
4. Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
5. Led Zeppelin I - Led Zeppelin
6. The Band - The Band
7. Stand - Sly And The Family...
Nobody jams or will jam like the Dead.
A given, especially since they were the American pioneers of psychedelic jams.
I would add only this to Jon's point: Scrape away all of the Dead's psychedelia, and they're at their core a folk, bluegrass, blues, country rock jugband.
And as Grateful Dead...