Grateful Dead

Dick's Picks 180 Gram Vinyl Comes To Brookvale Records

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We are pleased to announce Brookvale Records will be releasing the entire Dick’s Picks Series on 180 gram vinyl. Dick's Picks Volume 1 and Dick's Picks Volume 2 will be issued on November 20th as limited-edition, hand-numbered releases of 2000.

Learn more about these releases and pre-order them here.

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Meh

As the owner of over 4000 vinyl records, I am a huge advocate. That said, why this? DP-2 is one of my top 5 DPs. That is because it is like a freight train - starts off slowly and picks up speed until it's almost out of control. I found myself driving along listening to it and by the time we got to GDTRFB I was breaking all kinds of speed limits. How the heck are we supposed to get that feeling when we have to turn the record over after every song? Gonna have to sit these ones out. But kudos for keeping vinyl alive!

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Meh

As the owner of over 4000 vinyl records, I am a huge advocate. That said, why this? DP-2 is one of my top 5 DPs. That is because it is like a freight train - starts off slowly and picks up speed until it's almost out of control. I found myself driving along listening to it and by the time we got to GDTRFB I was breaking all kinds of speed limits. How the heck are we supposed to get that feeling when we have to turn the record over after every song? Gonna have to sit these ones out. But kudos for keeping vinyl alive!

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Wowsa Wowsa

Well looks like this Chritmas will be a Dead vinyl one - i see "Spring 90 - So glad You Made it" and a RSD "Winterland 31/05/71" are also imminent.

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Hahahaha...

Reijo29's comment is hilarious... absolutely the funniest thing I've ever read here!!

And speaking of absolutes: Is there any way anyone could possibly come up with a more ridiculous musical release? Vinyl mastered from CDs mastered from two-track reels (that you already have on CD). Wow! DP2 is sonically inferior to begin with… Maybe Dave hid the masters in hopes this project would never come to be!

This just further confirms that there are some Dead supporters out there with some SERIOUS disposable income. Hey, good for them… Enjoy! Frankly, I can’t think of a better word to express the thought of having any of these DP vinyl issues in my collection than ‘embarrassing’.

On the flipside, Dave’s Picks #4!! Woohoo… I’ll take 1976 all day!

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Brookvale Records President Responds - Dicks Picks on Vinyl

Hey Guys
I wanted to share this info for you. Please reach out if you have any questions about these releases.

Morning All,
My name is Karl Groeger and I am the owner of Brookvale Records and Looney Tunes. I am the one putting out the Dick’s Picks series on vinyl.
We have been working very closely with The Dead on these releases and I welcome your questions and concerns.
As a fan first, I knew there would be challenges going into this project and I think we are doing an amazing job with them. I would like to address 2 concerns I see brought up here. Sound source and side splits. Of course these are critical.
While we want of course the source tapes to every show, we are at the mercy of The Dead for masters for both ART and MUSIC. For the first shows the Dead simply does not have the original masters for them. We had no choice except to go from the CD. My first reaction was, thats impossible, how do they not have the masters? Well after about 6 months of searching they just do not have them. It looks like though for future releases they have about 90% of the masters on all the volumes.
OK so we don’t have the masters. Can we go from the CD? How is that going to sound? Well they sound great! (Check out the reviews on brookvalerecords.com).
We had a choice to use anyone we wanted to master this vinyl from the CD. We were suggested to use Rainbo pressing. I decided not to. I have been a HUGE face of both RTI and GOTTA GROOVE RECORDS. I think both plants have been making some great QUIET records. After about another 6 months of discussions, we choose Gotta Groove to re master and manufacture the vinyl on 1 and 2. And I could not be happier. Although YES the CD is not ideal to go with. BUT I think it came out EXCELLENT! Or I would not put my name on it. I have actually made LPS from masters on another project that did not sound half as good as these dead records do. I hope you will enjoy them.
SIDE SPLITS. Yes this is going to be another challenge for sure. With vol 2 you notice that it is a 3 sided record???? WHY ??? I decided to not make a side 4 because I could keep the JAM going on side 3. Where ever possible I will also keep the jam and do our very best with track listings and side splits. It will be a challenge YES. BUT I DO NOT THINK that its a reason NOT to do these.
I love vinyl. I think it is the perfect way to listen to The Dead.
I welcome your comments. (crap…ha ha).
Thank you for your time guys I hope this addresses some concerns.
Best,
Karl

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Thank you

Thanks for replying - i must have been tired or something when I checked Brookvale web site - cheers

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Remastered from CD because...

Splurge - in the Brookvale site he says that the Dead lost - yes lost! - the masters for these first DP releases. D'oh! So they had no choice but to use the CD's. But he says most of the other DP's have the masters, which they will use.

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Great news but..

I must admit I still much prefer vinyl - and so i am really pleased to see the brave step being taken by Brookvale - well done folks.

I also must agree with the points being made by others - why mastered from the CD? however a 1000 brownie points for being honest! but on the face of it is feels wrong and a short cut - why is this? Is there a good sound reason? is the decision based on comparing sources? I have pre-ordered to support the venture and will take a view on the benefits of a record from CD vs the CD on this first batch and hope that i am wrong.

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New Release Announcement

Well, considering that the LP's are handnumbered & mastered from the original CD it must be worth $150 all in with tax plus shipping for both sets. not!!!!!! this is just pure insanity. Here is some good news: I am announcing that the cassette tape version will be released as well. The details are that it will be mastered directly from the itunes program on my 2005 computer at the lower bit rate that I originally ripped it on. Each cassette will be either a TDK D60, Maxell Ur 90 or Sony HF 90. The great thing about the cassettes used is that they were originally filled with other GD concerts. Reusing is good for the environment & just imagine the karma of Dick's Picks 1 recorded over a previous recording of GD at Red Rocks 1982, wow. I will limit the run to 1000 units & will hand number each cassette with a silver sharpie. Graphics will be printed out from my 1988 Brother P touch label maker. DP 1 (two 60 minute tapes) will sell for $69.95 & DP 2 (a single 90 minute cassette) will sell for $33.95 Shipping in a heavy duty bubble envelope for only $9.95 so PRE-ORDER now. I do anticipate these selling out.

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If I had Mitt Romney's Money...

... I would spend it on much better things than he does. Things like these records. Drool.

Wonder how many how much DP29 will cost? oy!

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