Grateful Dead

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.

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jjjbaggins's picture
Joined: Jul 16 2007
Cool but curious...

I agree with the comments about the remastering/source for this vinyl. First of all, I don't know anyone who doesn't have stellar copies of the France shows, even before they were remastered and released recently. Even if I didn't, I could buy the whole show for the same price as this one song, although I agree that everything sounds better on heavy vinyl with a diamond stylus on the high fi. I'm no tech wizard but if there is some difference with going back to analog and going straight to vinyl then THAT would be a very special addition to my collection.

Also, I saw this advertised as a "previously unreleased" version, and in the store I chuckled while pointing out that all of the Europe '72 shows had been released. The response: Well, it hasn't been released on vinyl before. Um, ok....

Next year, if it was a collection of soundchecks from the tour on limited release vinyl, then I would be camping out weeks in advance.

Joined: Sep 11 2007
analog or digital? Airshow would know

if anyone has a contact at Airshow, can you ask about the mastering for the Dark Star vinyl?

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey All,
What Would Mike Wallace Do?
Say something like " Come on" or
something like "Give me a Break"
Forgive me,his words, not mine...
You dig?

Joined: Mar 23 2008
Is this record a straight analog remaster?

Was this album digitally mastered before it was put onto vinyl? If so, I'm sorry to say, but it has defeated the whole point of making a record. I'd love to have a copy of an analog remaster, but a digitally remastered record is no better than a cd.

Joined: Jun 15 2007
Exclusivity Resolved

Okay, guys. Since I've been a long and vocal critic of exclusivity, here's my resolution to this most bothersome issue that should make everyone happy:

Grateful Dead needs to adopt the same copyright system used to track editions in books. In this way, just like a Steinbeck novel, some lucky few would get first editions and, depending upon demand, the Grateful Dead are free to make second and further editions as required, while also preserving (ending?) their mindbogglingly Quixotic windmill quest to first achieve, and then curiously lock down, that most perfect yet elusive balance of exclusivity. My solution also serves to permanently take all the locks off the Vault and offers the beginnings for establishing a functioning catalog system - remember all of those album versions and mixes of Anthem of the Sun? -, thereby both preserving and keeping, at least as well as any old treasured record collection ever was, the Grateful Dead's musical legacy for the years and generations to come.

Now that wasn't so hard, was it? No longer need we fear those most dreaded and totally unnecessary words: "...Never to be released again.."

"Jack Straw from Wichita cut his buddy down
And dug for him a shallow grave, laid his body down..."


mp51's picture
Joined: Sep 19 2007
love me some record store days!

and as for the limited copies, my guess is they don't want their product collecting dust on the shelves, that's how you lose money. i think it was rhino who put out a 3000 addition big star vinyl record a year ago. it was gone all over the country immediately and was on ebay by the afternoon. should they have made more, or was it done perfectly? there is a lot to be said about supply and demand...

Joined: Sep 11 2007
support your local record store

Last year's record store day promo was cool mono 1st GD LP), but languished at J&R here in NYC for at least a month. And I saw copies online at list price or less for weeks. Great cause. I don't know what I would do without good record stores.

gratefaldean's picture
Joined: Jun 22 2007
Not all of the stuff sells

My local record store still has a couple of copies of the Doors "LA Woman" singles box from last fall's Record Store $49.95 for four 7" vinyl records, what do you expect?

On the other hand, I've yet to walk into the place and been able to find the advertised items that grabbed my attention prior to the promotion...and I've yet to walk out empty-handed. As bait-and-switch strategies go, this one doesn't seem to bother me in the least.

Joined: Jun 15 2007
Nobody expects the Inquisition, so don't say I didn't warn you..

I get slammed mercilessly whenever I complain about Corporate Dead's endless fascination with exclusivity, so good luck on that account. Guess they expect me to continually blow sunshine up their corporate butts even when the Vault's current caretakers consistently outdo themselves in acting like complete boneheads.

Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
How about

The Hollywood Bowl 71 limited to ten copies, signed by everybody left in the band, one shipped to ten different record stores who enter a special lottery. Maybe 2000 stores will participate and we all wait out in line for 72 hours only to find our store never was one of the lucky ten. Then some 25 year old ice cream cone kid goes down the line dosing everybody with Owsley gels he got from a friend who got them from a friend whose father just croaked and had them stored in a freezer for forty years in Redwood City and we all get to smile one last time on a cloudy day?


Well then you think of something equally absurd...


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