Exclusive Grateful Dead Record Store Day Vinyl
Shall we go, you and I, while we can to Record Store Day on April 21st? Our very special "Dark Star" 5/4/72, Olympia Theatre, Paris, France 180-gram 12" vinyl release features one of the longest versions of the song in Dead history, clocking in at over 40 minutes! Mixed by Jeffrey Norman and mastered by David Glasser, the vinyl features nearly 20 minutes of the song on the first side followed by a mid-song drum solo and the song’s epic finale on the second side. Released in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Dead’s legendary Europe ’72 tour, DARK STAR is limited to 4,200 copies worldwide.
"Uh, a fourty-minute dark star??"
"Well, there was a language barrier, so what the heck."
"Bum-mar? "Parly Vuu Francais?" "Huh?"
what we can do about this...
Side two has an extra label loosely attached to the regular label, but it wont come off the vinyl!
How the fuck are they supposed to fix this when it's a limited release!? They got some extras, just in case?
If I knew how to post a picture I'd show you what I was talking about.
I walked into Newbury Comics in Manchester, NH today and paid $18 for their last copy! Having just listened to my CD version while debating the purchase let me say, oh yea the sound is well worth it. SUPER thick vinyl, and Jerry's guitar sounds like three guitars compared to the CD. As for this version, it's my second favorite next to 2-13-70, which has too many separate and unique jams to even fathom, like steps up a staircase! But here it's Jerry's noodling which does not stop for 38 minutes, giving Billy 2 minutes to let Jerry take a smoke break. Having it on LP makes me one of the 4,200 happiest people in the world!
$16.99 is what I paid.
What was the cost of this in store, retail cost? Thanks.
I think that National Record Store Day is a way for people who enjoy music to support their local, independent record stores, the number of which has dwindled considerably over the years, while experiencing the pleasure of discovery that a record store provides far more than an online search for records. The limited, previously unreleased, special edition items are intended to serve as an incentive to go to a record store, as are the live band performances and DJ record spins, but they are not the only benefits. I had a lot of fun looking at the posters and box sets displayed on the walls and flipping through albums that I didn't know existed. It was something that I hadn't done in awhile
I was able to buy a copy of the Dark Star release, but only because I inquired about it. The manager ordered it from another store in another town. I will probably give it to a friend, who only wants it because it is a limited, previously unreleased, special edition item. I wouldn't have felt badly if I hadn't gotten the record. There are far more significant things that one can miss out on in life.
...so you get it. Most though I'm sure not all people collect something, stamps coins beanie babies etc. Rhino is smart enough to realize that and in this case it's about helping out independants (you know the people we should patronize). Yes I'm a music collector and I love limited editions. I still have my 1st press Anthem and 1st press remix in ex shape thank you. Nothing quixotic about it I bought I got 'em. By the way there were only 2 mixes released. This time due to work I couldn't be at the store, no problem that's what ebay is for. Yes I paid a premium that's life. Ask a stamp collector what a used $5 1893 Columbian issue costs. Thank you Rhino for keeping your word to us.
...by about 45 minutes. Two copies came to our one and only local vinyl store and were snatched up very quickly. Bummer for me. Apparently they knew about this weeks before Dead.net announced this release. I could have ordered a copy. Oh well. I'll know for next year. Twenty-two dollars was the price. Thanks to Rhino for putting this out there.
Went to my local shop, walked in, picked it up, payed for it, and left. . . No big deal. Hope everyone else has the same luck. . . Peace!