Re: Nope- not sure if I've even ever sampled their music
Wow, we're not of the same tastes whatsoever concerning Bay Area psych. I'm a huge Dead fan (you really should at least give a try to the album I recommended to you in another post, btw. If you won't like it, you won't like any Dead, period). And I don't like the jam-heavy QMS period at all. In fact (and I'm aware it's an extremely unpopular opinion) I think they became a better live band when Dino Valenti came back and they started focusing less on jamming their brains out and more on incorporating improvisation into songs.
I wonder what's your take on Moby Grape or The Beau Brummels' "Triangle" album.