Grateful Dead at The Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco 1976
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You know your Ables from your Bakers from your C's, but can your finely tuned ears differentiate the cosmic "comeback" tour from a spacey 70's show? Each day we'll post a free download from one of the Dead's coveted shows. Will it be from that magical night at Madison Square Garden in '93 or from way back when they were just starting to warm it up at Winterland? Is that Pigpen's harmonica we hear? Brent on keys? Step right up and try your hand.
Each day, the first person to guess the venue & date correctly will get a Road Trips of their choice. If you’re not first but you've answered correctly, you will also be automatically entered for a weekly prize of THE WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO ALBUMS VINYL BOX (EXCLUSIVE EDITION) or a FORMERLY THE WARLOCKS boxed set. Log in now and enter to win! - Less Info
I figure they sold the marketing etc rights to Warner/Rhino in the first place so they wouldn't have to dick around with this stuff anymore. "Gimme a pile of cash up front, send me a quarterly residual check and let me get out on the road, which I enjoy. I do not now, and never have, enjoyed the "business" end of the business"
Best move the guys could have made, they were offered a sweet deal and they took it. I think the ruckus involving archive.org may have caused some friction, but whatever. At least we can still stream...for now.
I'm not sensing any greed out of the Garcias, either, or they'd be cranking out a lot more releases.
very nicely put, dark,starz :)
I've enjoyed the 'rush' for the past few weeks, making sure I was ready at 11:45 each day at work (ok, so I took my lunch break a little early), repeatedly hitting F5 (to refresh), watching the calendar for the moment when that day's date magically appeared...giving the track a quick listen, and then trying to figure out the date!
It is quite amazing that there are so many of us that even care about this stuff, but the fact that we do means that we get "it" - it's still fun to listen to the GD, and it's easier than ever now, in this age of super-fast downloads, audio streams from the Archive, and the unstoppable Charlie Miller :)
So, I gotta thank the good folks that gave us this wonderful month of unreleased Dead - there were some bumps in the road, but it all worked out!
maybe Dead.net just wants to see our crazy comments-LMAO
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Peace and Sustainability
Just to clarify, I consider myself one of "the faithful," and I'm not about complete shows. I think the first few volumes of Road Trips are awesome as is (albeit, with bonus disc). And I'd love to see some best-of anthologies of stands such as Hampton '86 or '87 which will never be released in their entirety and which have some delete-worthy clunkers (Althea '86) but certainly 3-4 discs worth of excellent Grateful Dead.
If an entire, or damn near the entire, show is solid, then I'm all for the complete show. But I for one like the Road Trips idea as conceived, with the option to offer complete shows within the series, as well.
Heads have talked about Road Trips in the past like a literary subscription, with its various volumes. As such, I think the subscription idea in basic is kind of cool, but with most subscriptions there's a savings on the actual product being purchased. Though I think a bonus disc for people willing to buy four in advance is not an unreasonable idea. As for the 30 songs, that must be a mistake unless the bonus "disc" is at least two discs? I mean, even 15 songs per disc is pushing it with the good ol' GD.
I still like packaging and CDs, too. Hard for some to believe (like the person who asked why I'd burn 30 Days to discs), but we don't all have I-Pods and we may actually like to have backup hardcopies to our computer music.
I still am enjoying the first Let it Grow more...I don't know why I was just really jammin to it last night, the whole idea has been a great blessing, no matter how you slice it, and I think it is good to promote the site, I am sure they have recruited about 1,000 more fans than they had, which is good, keep the Music alive!!! I am so hoping for somehting to run from December to New Years, they def have enough tunes to do it:)
Is this Oprah or what? Many of the great Jazzmen used for whatever reason - Comfort, Inspiration - Sleep who cares!
Simply enjoy the gift of the music for what it was, a gift! Tell me one soul in this audience who hasn't indulged from time-to-time? Who amongst us has provided a legacy the pallet size of this Band?
The Dead are the classic American Band who evolved over four decades. The sixties being defined by the acid drenched blues groove and their first frontman, Ron McKernan, who also defined the sound of this period. Yes, their instrumental improv exploded during 68-69, but a change was a comin in 1970-1971.
1971 ushered in the era of one Keith Godchaux who is arguably the finest Grateful Dead piano player. The 70's witnessed an evolution of a band who evolved as songsmiths and song craftsmen, with an emphasis on the telling of the tale and vocal harmonies.
However, throughout the years, stage left to one Jerome John Garcia proved to be a volatile seat, so usher in the 80's and the great white bluesman, Brent Mydland. The Brent years evolved in the way the band interacted with their audience, inspired by the "new guy" who produced an amazing sound on the Hammond B-3.
Once again, stage left took it's toll on another fragile human being. Thank you Mr. Mydland for all that you gave to us in terms of sheer ecstasy and joy!
The 90's proved "uno mas for the gipper" and the escalation to larger arenas and stadiums provided more space for all the newbies to jump on the bus. Once again, the 90's were defined by the sound of stage left, Vince Welnik.
Add to the mix, all of Garcia's side projects and studio sessions. The New Riders, Old & In The Way, Wally Heider Studio jam sessions, Merl Saunders, Garcia Band, Garcia Acoustic Band, David Grisman etc. etc. etc. Garcia is the consumate artist. Do we judge the great by their artistry or personal habits?
We had a barrel of fun in the 60's, a plethora of fun in the 70's, wild adventures in the 80's, and one more good run in the 90's. We should all be so lucky as to have this much fun in our lifetimes. Too young for Vietnam, old enough for Rock n Roll.
In sum, the Grateful Dead were defined by the keyboard players who inspired Jerry, Bob, Phil, Billy & Mickey. Their evolution as musicians is incomparable to any other act in the history of Rock n Roll.
Set yourself free, let the music speak directly to you!
I prefer actual CDs to downloads. Coming from the "old school" of vinyl, I quite enjoy having a physical product to display the artwork. I always dread the idea that some of the stuff I downloaded and failed to make back-up copies of are a virus away from disappearing forever, or at least until I repurchase it.
Even if that were the case , you would have to be an idiot to pay up front for releases that arn't announced yet. I also think somethings up, but I don't think that's it. If it's quality then I will buy. If not....keep trading. A killer Lazy>Supp would be sweet. Thanks for the tunes.
clean candy please?
It is my guess that Phil & Bob have a huge say in what songs we have been given, but have their hands are tied as to other songs we might like to be given. I also think that the estate for Jerry (and/or someone else) is dictating whether or not we get certain songs for FREE! It would be a shame if that were true.
I would hate to think a certain community is correct about the widow of one Mr. Jerome Garcia. Greed is not a good thing (and our greed is proving that as well), the whole point of sharing has been lost on some people.
Let's remember an interview from long ago when Jerry was asked about why the Dead allowed taping at their concerts, his answer was (something like) ...when we were done playing we were done with the music and didn't have any use for it.... Until they wanted our money for it again, it seems. I guess that didn't include vaulted, sound-board nuggets we all want to listen to, love and enjoy.
I also saw an interview with said widow who deinitely is a greedy you-know-what.
I don't mind a second Let It Grow, especially from a different era, but for this 'Contest' we haven't had an Other One yet, no Feel Like A Stranger, no Box Of Rain, Unbroken Chain, or any of the countless songs we all want to hear, whether for free or otherwise available to us.
Just my two cents worth.
May there be light where there was once none!
May there be music where there was once silence!!
Seminar (cyber) and book was insightful and very cool, wholeheartedly agree that The Grateful Dead originated alot of ideas and original thought. Although, this was based on the Grateful Dead's management style when Jerry was alive and not the "Aftermath" management of the songs/estate/band and does not reflect what's going on today with those that took over. IMHO.
"Plus we know how much you love Bonus Discs, so as a special thank you for signing up for a Road Trips 2011 subscription, you'll get an exclusive Bonus Disc, with music drawn from one of the next two Road Trips releases, sent to you along with Road Trip Vol. 4 No. 3. This will be all previously unreleased, top-notch Dead, mastered in HDCD, and will ONLY be available to subscribers of the Road Trips Subscription Series!"
That's what my email said. Then the store page says "Sign up for a Road Trips 2011 Subscription and you'll get an exclusive 30-song bonus disc, available only by subscribing..."
So, there's some inconsistency somewhere. I don't see any mention of "complete shows" here, only from people who heard some interview on Sirius. I wouldn't trust that, myself, especially with that "no refund" policy - why didn't they put it in print in the email or on the store page? They know how the faithful are about complete shows, they were have surely included that info if it were true. It's too easy for that guy to get off with "oops, my bad" when the releases turn out to *not be* complete shows. If there are thirty songs on that bonus disc they're damn short songs, and I don't think the boys ever played an entire show that had thirty songs LOL. The email is pretty clear about the bonus disc tracks coming from one of the next two RT releases which suggests to me that one of those two RTs is likely to be a compilation of a run of shows, not a single show, with the bonus disc being other songs from that run.
Free s/h just doesn't do it for me. It's worth the five bucks an item for ground shipping to wait for the releases and know in advance what I'm getting...and when this subscription thing falls apart they'll end up having specials with free shipping. They always do. As for some "download only" in the future, they'll lose me there. I'm mostly paying to get the packaging when I buy stuff now, I've already got plenty of music to listen to.
I did think, with the hint, that we would get the whole "suite". I
still love this one. And, yeah, we all knew this was designed
as a promotion. To bring in more business to the site, as well
as promote the "Road trips" series. That's ok with me. I don't
have to buy anything to get the free tracks. So, thanks again.
Better to enjoy what we have, than to complain about what we
don't have. Peace.
This has been awesome, guys. Thanks so much
who knows, maybe things have really gotten that pricey, but I will bring this up and see what the deal is. Thanks for the heads up!
I wonder how many people will be gushing with gratitude when Rhino/GD formally annouces the 2011 Pre-Paid, Non-Refundable Road Trips Subscription.
The purpose of any marketing program, including "30 Days of the Dead", is to take your money.
So when you are tempted to thank Rhino/GD for the "free" tunes and prizes, get ready to put your money on the table.
Best Wishes to All,
Jimmy the Cop
For those who haven't seen it:
Thanks, GD, for lots of fun this month.
Now I know what you're saying to yourself. Are the shows going to early dead, late dead or a combo? Quite frankly, in all this confusion, I've seemed to lost track myself. So now the question you need to ask yourself is 'Do Ya Feel Lucky'? Well, Do Ya PUNK?
...I should have said, "The tunes they've played have been great..." That's what I meant - - I am not calling for a Samba, or Wave you could probably guess...A Scar>Fire and Other One would be delightful...but, I will most happily scoop up anything they choose to serve us...
They definitely stated that all RT releases next year(2011) would be complete shows(4.2,4.3,4.4, and 5.1). The bonus disc for subscription buyers will be sent along with the second 2011 release(4.3) and contain unreleased material from around the same time periods as RT 4.2 and 4.3. They will probably be unreleased live tracks from nights close to the next two RT releases, but not the actual nights of those releases.
The free shipping aspect will make in worthwhile for me...
And I'm still holdin' out for some...
Scarlet Begonias, Fire on the mountain, Eyes of the World, Uncle John's Band... heck even a live late 80's Touch of Grey.
Whatever you choose, I am Grateful! "Cheers!!!"
A prime example of a trainwreck versus beauty....I think you could put that up against only a year later...where the f-up was almost so beautiful it made us cry on Blackbird and the Brokedown that followed gave me chills it was so good. If I were to say something is worth a release this would be it.
Heck sometimes Train-wrecks are awesome...sometimes sad!
P.S. the Morning Dew on that 6-23 is just WOW!
DGM (King Crimson) used to do this same thing (might have started 10 years ago), although I don't see that anywhere on their site now. Looks like they went the one-at-a-time all download route.
"The tunes are great and they haven't played Samba in the Rain or Wave to the Wind...I could only imagine the comments we'd have had then..."
Thanks once again Dead.net . WOW I can't believe so many people are complaining about freebies. Plain and simple if you don't like it don't download it. They probably still complain if you gave them free cash.
With only a few days left I doubt I'll be winning the song of the day so I guess I'll put 'Formerly the Warlocks" on my Christmas list.
Thanks everyone for all the great hints and creative posts. It's been fun.
I'm a fan of all of it. I don't care for the repeats as much, but hey, I am still game for the detective activity of locating the specific show of the day.
My choices would have been:
To Lay Me Down (with repeated chorus ending or guitar solo ending)
Comes A Time
Eyes (before/after or without Estimated)
...Terrapin (29th) and Ripple (30th). But, I ain't complaining, not even about a repeat. This is the best birthday present I have had in a while!
how bout a 2nd version of minglewood...and then a double song day on 30th: mexacali>me & my uncl
It has been a fun month - thanks a lot Rhino/Dead - nice to get Vault downloads.
btw Grateful Deadopoly is well done and fun! If anyone needs Xmas ideas.
Maybe finish with a couple of Donna songs- That'll enrage the whiners.... I'd prefer a nice Visions of Johanna to end it....
Peace now too!
To the kind folks @ Dead.Net who have GIVEN us this greatly fun contest, and the FREE downloads, thanks so much!!
Ya'll complaining 'bout the double grows, keep in mind the 1st grow was a bonus on top of Jed, which is an additional download and also a HUGE hint. Seems to me you're looking a gift horse in the mouth..
Thanks to those who have made this music possible...I like the idea of a Mexicali Blues/Me and My Uncle suggestion a lot!
That's how it works! It wasn't a silly move to put in the same song twice, but maybe they've run out of good-but-not-good-enough-to-release-for-money tracks? They probably want to save the best ones for selling one day. I guess they're worried that if they gave you all your favourites you wouldn't buy more albums.
The marketing has in truth, worked on me at least- I'd stuck to 1965-1975 until now (bar In the Dark, and omitting Europe '72), but this has got me into picking out the good stuff from the albums I'd previously ignored. Because of this, I'm now gonna make myself a little later-Dead CD consisting of all the good songs off the weaker albums I didn't want to buy. I'm gonna download live and studio versions of Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, He's Gone, Terrapin Station, Althea, Foolish Heart, Built to Last, Standing on the Moon, He's Gone, and So Many Roads. So Many Roads is amazing, so glad I got exposed to that! Please do let me know if there are any obscure ones I may have missed that aren't on the main albums. Shame Estimated Profit has that whitey reggae bit at the start, it's a great song after that bit... are there any versions without the reggae bit out there?
I hope this doesn't offend but I have to ask... why were their later albums so much weaker? My theory is that heroin ruined the band. Does anyone know what date Jerry and anyone else (Bob?) became addicts? I men, sometimes their singing is beautiful, but other times it's like cats howling. And the later songwriting is cheesey, sad and lacks the depth of their earlier work... is that the difference between acid and heroin? There are few Jerry songs post 1975, maybe because he was too busy on the nod? Maybe losing Pigpen was a real blow to the talent pool? Were they trying to not become an anachronism so flirted with disco and then synth, but being on the periphery rather than the epicentre, they just didn't 'get it' like they got psychedelic rock. (Do you think Brent killed himself because Built to Last was a flop?) And maybe also they were trying to sound modern for the practical reason of getting a single out and making some bucks. And the one time they had a comeback was with Touch of Grey, a song much truer to their roots I think. Was Jerry off h when he wrote that?
I'd be really interested to hear some theories. I watched that documentary on Jerry's will too (guessing that's the one that was mentioned earlier) it was really sad. I agree his widow did not come off well at all in that. But then nobody really seemed to come off smelling of roses, there was the band arguing about the guitars, and Mountain Girl trying to wear stupid masks at Jerry's funeral. All a very sad epitaph to the hippy dream. :( But don't give up because it's our job to keep spreading the love no matter how dark the world may become.
Sorry Rhino you've got me geeking out over what went wrong now! Thanks for the freebies. (~);-}
as this winds down in a few days, i just want to say thanks for the music. i have enjoyed each and every days download.
Everyone's is entitled to their opinion on whether or not they like the song, I didn't take most of the comments as complaints more as questions. I think their are many that would love to know why they picked the versions they did. ( for the entire month) Maybe Canyon Critter was right, they used this Version because it was the last Brent? Maybe they allowed everyone at dead.net to pick their favorite version of their favorite song? ( We did have the 2 seperate Versions of Easy wind and He's Gone) I do wish we were told how they went about choosing, that to me is the interesting part:) Anway Thanks for the songs and Hope everyone is finding themselves well:)
30 Days of the Dead? Anybody get the feeling that we are being conditioned here for a future methodology in terms of accessing the music we love?
Why not eliminate the expense of manufacturing the shiny little disc's? After all, it's the 21st Century Business Model.
Mr. Steve Jobs is the new Bill Graham (godfather) of the Rock n Roll Industry.
What about ending all this with a Black Muddy River......
Moving, bittersweet, and definitive.
I am so Grateful for the blessing of the magic of Let It Grow and so many of the Dead's tunes that take us beneath the surface reminding us of the natural flow and subtler energies of Life that is the true gift of this journey.
What an amazing show this was! The 2nd set Sugar > Scarlet knocked my socks off! (wait I was already barefoot!) (^_^)
Let it flow, greatly grow, wide and clear.
Thanks so much for this awesome idea/promotion, and providing us fans with some great archival material!
I have an idea for wrapping up... Since it was "Thirty Days of Dead" what about representing the 28 "days between" with... "Days Between?"
Many thanks, no matter what you have planned - I, for one, am extremely thankful for this entire promotion, the entire organization, the help of my fellow "heads," and the role that the Grateful Dead has played in my life for well over 30 years!
I am Grateful to Let it Grow! Only 2 days left :0(
Inspiration, move me brightly.....
...(and I guess Keith too) but they were all swimming in the cocaine starting in the mid 70's, at least that's the impression I got from Phil's book. Lotta great musicians were junkies (like every jazz artist ever LOL) but coke tends to make a person self-centered. Phil always talks about the "super-organism" the band became using LSD, maybe there's something there, at least as regards performances. Those "in the ear" monitors probably didn't help either but those were later.
I don't think that "Brent killed himself" is an accurate statement. He fucked up and OD'd, plain and simple.
Have we had this one yet?
Now go feed those hogs before they worry themselves into anemia
At the time, the thing that struck me about Brents death was that he went out at the top of his game. I highly doubt that the success/failure of albums ever had anything to do with Brent, or any band members demise.
Built To Last reached 27 on the Billboard Chart 200 in '89. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Built_to_Last
That sounds pretty successful to me. Certainly charted higher than Shakedown Street, Terrapin Station, American Beauty and the Dylan And The Dead albums.
30 Days Of Dead has been awesome. Missed out on the 'b versions but thats ok. free music is free music. Can't complain about handouts. Regardless of what they choose for the last two days, I'm happy with everything offered. If they offer up a great Scarlet>Fire, Birdsong, Crazy>Playin', Playin'>Uncle Johns>Playin, Estimated>Eyes or anything for that matter, I'll be happy.......well maybe not I Fought The Law.
EYES! EYES! EYES! EYES! EYES! EYES!
I can't believe you guys are complaining about having a second LIG. You're getting 30 days of free music? Plus you get to play in this crazy game thing. Which has entertained me for a almost month now. Who cares if you have a double.
Just be thankful that you get that.
Besides, what other band would do anything like this?
But *warning* all views are different, and being the Dead community we have many different and passionate opinions...which is one reason this has been so much fun, because I've seen the community come back a little here. In that statement, I don't mean we were gone, but maybe some of those that got of the "bus" part of it, came back and got on again, even if for not a little while.
Remember, these are opinions of Canyon Critter and no one else so don't go blaming or pinning cept on me.
Number #1, obviously this is a promotion by Rhino, However, I sometimes just want to think that they realize how much UNRELEASED vault stuff they actually have and are super overwhelmed. One of the catalysts to this "realization" would have to be the GD plethera of things that have been now pinned downed to the Banana Slugs in Santa Cruz (man would I love that job). So, I'm guessing someone who actually knows what they are doing actually wanted to revive or at least test the waters and see the FLOOD of people that would jump at this.....obviously they were quite surprised.
Two things stand out to those that haven't been symbiotic with the community the whole time....
1. They had NO idea it would bring this much attention. ie. Dead.net Crashing and unfortold amounts of people logging in and downloading and signing up for Dead.net....they were blown away and unprepared for the "Dragon" that is the Grateful Dead Community they unleashed.
2. They also realized how friggin smart we all really are, and how resourceful, crafty, and powerful we are as a group. ie. quckness of answers, "a" and "b" versions, links, and archive looks ups, this list could go on and on
So, in essence, I'm sure that whomever was behind this now understands that value and commodity they really have. Which was probably stated in a few board meetings by true Deadheads and fans.
I could go on, but I think you get my gist. One thing you all understand but need to point your attention to is something that is missed by alot of people....the internet has changed the music business. Like it or not, I think part of this was to test those waters and see the best way to bring some really premium vault stuff out of the cage.
Ok, now as far as Brent/Jerry and the drug part thing. Well, I will tell you from personal experience that you don't just start being a drug addict at a certain point. You always are one, and only manifest and feed that addiction to certain degrees (which usually lead to death, but not always). Sometimes you could do really, really well...and sometimes you could fall off the deepest cliff. It is the drug that controls you if you let it, and it's an uphill battle the second you touch it. So as far as Brent killing himself....NO, two daughters and a wife and the Dead????? I don't think so. Jerry....he died trying to get clean and when he was clean played the way he always could...AMAZING. There are functioning addicts, and Jerry/Brent were it.
Anyway, I'm rambling now, but just wanted to at least state some things.
for your thoughts Helena and Spacebucket. Not trying to be morbid, just love the guys to bits and fascinated to know more about them, and this is the only place I know of to ask. :)
I didn't realise Built to Last did so well. I read here it was a let-down http://www.allmusic.com/album/built-to-last-r8540 Brent's songs aren't my cup of tea, but I guess it's personal taste. Now I feel bad for saying, didn't realise this version was put up because it was his last show, sorry. Wonder why they each wrote their own songs separately instead of collaborating more?